We have gathered here some facts and figures about Finland that might be useful when planning to film in Finland.
According to a border official’s comment on 14th May, a foreign production crew coming to film in Finland from a non-EU/Schengen country is not sufficient ground to enter the country at this point. This is will be re-evaluated on 14th June.
Guidelines for the border traffic by the Finnish Border Guard, 14th May, 2020
Finland’s population is approx 5.5 million. The two official languages are Finnish and Swedish. The currency used is euro. The infrastructure and logistics works smoothly. You can get anywhere by car and the railroad network is operated by the private state owned VR. There are also many airports in the country. You can find the list of all the airports here.
Finland is one of the northernmost countries in Europe, with an incredibly diverse landscape. The four seasons offers many opportunities. The specialities include the midnight sun, northern lights and long winters with guaranteed snow. There are many locations that are in natural condition. In addition to snow Finland is also known as a land of thousand lakes, 200 000 to be precise. As a filming location it’s quite easy to find places that are previously unexplored on camera.
Crew rates & fringes
Film Production (day salaries)
TV production (day salaries)
Wage Group I:
Production assistant work
In film productions, e.g. runner
Wage group II:
In film productions, e.g. best boy
In TV productions, e.g. camera man, script supervisor
Wage group III:
Executive, accountable work
In film productions: gaffer, key-grip and 1. Camera assistant
In TV production: cinematographer, production sound mixer
Wage group IV:
Artistic responsibility in production
In film production: director cinematographer set designer etc.
In TV-production for example director, journalist, producer
- To the crew rates in the previous section you’ll have to add social security rates at +23 %.
- Normal working time is 8 hours per day, 5 days a week (40 hours) Monday through Friday
- 10-hour days are most common
- A lunch break is mandatory when working at least six hours. Lunch is min. 30mins and max. 1hr and added on top of work time, along with two 10-minute coffee breaks.
- The first two (9th and 10th) extra hours are paid time and a half. The following hours (11th ->) are paid double.
- You can directly count 10-hour day salaries by adding 37.5 % to the 8-hour figures
- The first 8 hours of the 6th and 7th working days of the week are paid time and a half, the following hours are paid double.
- Minimum hours for rest: 11 hours/day and 35 hours/week. But it’s possible to work in periods which allow more flexibility.
Pictures of filming locations in Finland can be found here: https://filminginfinland.fi/filming/locations/
Weather and climate
There are four seasons in Finland. The climate is marked by cold winters and warm summers. The temperatures vary between +25ºC in the summer and -25ºC in the winter. Finland offers diverse landscapes and filming possibilities throughout the year thanks to its unique natural conditions – from the midnight sun and summer heat to long winters and guaranteed snow. You can check the current weather from The Finnish Meteorological Institutes Website: