Housing in Helsinki
Helsinki offers a variety of alternatives for high-quality housing.
The majority of people in the city of Helsinki live in apartment blocks, while neighbouring municipalities have larger shares of other types of housing including single-family, detached and row houses. The main emphasis in new development in Helsinki will remain on apartment blocks. They are a sustainable form of housing because they allow high density and good public transport service.
The average space per person in Helsinki dwellings is 34 square metres, which is lower than elsewhere in Finland. One-person households make up half of the housing stock, two-person households 30 percent, and households with five or more members 3 percent. Families with children represent 18.5 percent of the housing stock.
The Helsinki housing market is divided between unregulated owner-occupied housing (39%), privately funded (23%) and publicly subsidized (22%) rental housing, proce-regulated Hitas owner-occupied housing (6%), right-of-occupancy housing (2%) and other types of housing (8%).
Housing prices in Helsinki are considerably higher than elsewhere in Finland, especially in the city centre and in new districts. The average price of housing in Helsinki (old housing stock) was approximately 3,500 euro per square metre in 2010. The prices vary highly in new housing stock. The average rent in a one-bedroom apartment was 730 euro in 2010.
Rental housing is available from both the City of Helsinki and private owners. The Housing Division of the City of Helsinki Real Estate Department provides rental apartments and grants loans and subsidies for the purchase, construction and repair of housing. An application for City rental housing can be made online.
Private owners advertise rental apartments in newspapers and on the Internet.
Sources of further information
Find more information on the types of housing in Helsinki and obtain other housing-related information from the following sources:
Asuminen.fi provides diverse information on housing in Finland.
The Suomi.fi public service portal has a section on housing and construction.
Info Bank, the online information service for immigrants, provides information on how to find housing.