The Au Pair program is a cooperation between a participant and a Host Family. To make it successful, there are some rules to follow. In this post we share the most important information about the Au Pair stay in Finland.
A participant in Finland can work up to 30 hours per week and a maximum of 5 hours per day - babysitting included! The working plan depends on the Host Family's necessities; even though the work should not exceed the established hours.
Au Pairs in Finland earn around 70€ per week (that is a monthly amount of approx. 280€). Participants will also need to pay taxes including a pension insurance, which is 24.2% of the Au Pair's salary. The participant has to pay 5.55% of these 24.2%, while the Host Family will pay the other 18.65%.
The amount of tax a participant must pay will depend on the length of the stay. All the important information you can find at the Finnish Tax Administration site.
As part of the program in this country, participants will have one free day and 3 evenings off per week. They should also have time to attend a language course and do some other activities. Regarding holidays, participants have two weeks of paid vacation for every 6-month stay.
The participant’s daily schedule needs to include enough time for the language course. Due to the language diversity in the country, an Au Pair can attend either a Finnish or a Swedish language course.
Note: In Finland, participants are responsible for paying the course fees.