Vietnamese in Finland
The first Vietnamese people arrived in Finland 40 years ago in the late 1970s – early 1980s. There are at the moment more than 10.000 Vietnamese in Finland with 2500 in Helsinki, 1600 in Vantaa, 1300 in Espoo. Others living in other cities such as Turku, Oulu, Tampere, etc.
Over the years, the community has become more diverse. There is an increasingly large number of Vietnamese coming to Finland to work or to study, or because of family ties. People with a Vietnamese background typically work in service, industrial jobs, or in assistive positions. Another fairly common type of employment is entrepreneurship in the restaurants, cleaning and gardening sectors. Nowadays, more and more are seeing Finland as the strong destination for high-quality education and are involved in high-qualifications endeavours, such as the IT and business sector. Many have opened their own start-ups and achieve recognisable results.