Real estate investment in Finland
Foreigners can freely buy and sell apartments in Finland. To purchase a land plot with a house, one needs permission from the Ministry of Defence of Finland.
The growth of residential real estate prices is low: every quarter, on average, by 0.6%. Five years ago, an apartment of 100 m² cost an average of €344,000, and today it is sold for €382,000.
of housing in Finland
increase per quarter
of the transaction amount
How the residential property price index is growing in Finland
Cost of a 3-bedroom apartment in Finland
in the centre of Helsinki
in the centre of Helsinki
in Helsinki or Espoo
What do investors buy?
Finland’s most expensive real estate is in the capital region: the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vanta, and Kauniainen.
- penthouses and
- mansions and townhouses
- villas and houses with terraces
Finland residence permit or citizenship by real estate investment
Obtaining a Finland residence permit or citizenship is not connected with purchasing real estate.
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Taxes and associated costs
Property owners pay an annual tax of 0.4% to 6% of the cadastral value. The rate is set by municipalities depending on the property type: an apartment or a house, the primary residence or a holiday home, a building or a land plot.
In the case of an apartment building, the housing joint-stock company pays the tax: it is divided among apartment owners in proportion to their stock of shares.
Rental income is subject to an income tax at a progressive rate of 30% to 34%.
maintenance of an apartment
Electricity, gas, water, heating, and garbage collection
Internet, TV and telephone
Real estate sellers pay a capital gains tax at a progressive rate of 30% to 34% on the difference between the sale and purchase prices.
The agency fee ranges between 4% and 6%.
real estate in Finland
Capital gains tax
Paid on the difference between the sale and purchase prices
Frequently asked questions
Foreigners can buy and sell apartments in Finland without restrictions, and to buy a land plot with a house, they need to get a permit from the Finnish Ministry of Defense.
The real estate market in Finland has been recovering after the 2022 crisis caused by geopolitical issues. Right now, property prices have been growing by 0,6% every quarter.
Property owners in Finland receive advantages when applying for a residence permit in the country, and they are also more likely to receive a multiple-entry Schengen visa.
The average cost of residential real estate in Finland is €3,816 per 1 m².
Yes. Property owners in Finland pay an annual property tax in the amount of 0,4%— 6% of the cadastral value. The rate is set by municipalities depending on the real estate type: apartment or house, main dwelling or cottage, building or land plot.
For an apartment building, the tax is paid by a housing joint-stock company.