About Helsinki and Home

I walked to the apartment in Etu-Töölö on a sunny day in July of 2018. I had recently received an internship from the advocacy work team of Fingo, an umbrella organization for the development co-operation organizations in Finland, which would start in only two weeks. The ways to find an apartment varied: there was the daily updates from the new posts in Tori.fi, publishing a smiley photo with a text to a Facebook group and announcing about my moving plans to everyone I knew. I was one of the two people who where allowed to see the place – there was almost hundred interested ones, I later learned.

I had known for quite a while that I would end up in Helsinki, one reason being my working field of international relations. I was also drawn to the city by the livelyhood and the international atmosphere. Moving did not feel like a giant leap as I had already visited the city repeadetly due to my trusteeship positions. I had already lived one summer in Kruununhaka a couple of years back while working in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Luckily,I got the appartement. I moved to a flat where two men called Samuli where living in. First one was an actor and another one a yogi, who worked with environmental affairs.

The city has also more rough side. If finding an apartment is not easy for a young highly educated woman with clean payment history, one can only imagine what it is to a person in a different situation. There are many minorities, such as the Romanians, who are discriminated in the apartment market. Even though homelessness is not as visible phenomenon in here as it is in central Europe, even one homeless is too much. In the end of 2019 there where 850 hundred young homeless people under 25 -years old.

An event called the Night of the Homeless is organized annually, where there are information and support offered to people under a thread of being homeless. Read more from here: https://asunnottomienyo.fi/in-english/ Everyone has the right to home.