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Helsinki employed a relocation advisor to smooth the arrival of ECHA staff
The City of Helsinki has its own Relocation Advisor and Liaison Officer for foreigners coming to work at the European Chemicals Agency.
Henni Ahvenlampi started in the job at the beginning of last year and will be providing relocation advice and services for a three-year period as the Agency gets up and running and takes on more and more staff.
"We give people moving here useful tips on how to make the relocation process go as smoothly as possible. To this end, we have also set up an Extranet service as part of the city’s website", explains Ahvenlampi.
During the start-up phase of the ECHA, new arrivals can get a tailored service on such things as finding a place to live in the capital.
“We get questions on everything under the sun related to migration and relocation and on things about the Greater Helsinki area - such as nice places to live, schools, daycare facilities, and naturally also enquiries about job- or study opportunities for spouses, and courses in Finnish as a second language.”
Helsingin Sanomat / First published in print 21.1.2008
JAANA SAVOLAINEN / Helsingin Sanomat