Helsinki Expat Meetup is a great place to meet new people, make friends and share experiences. It is a non-commercial group helping to create networking and socializing opportunities. We usually meet once per week somewhere in Helsinki. Check our Facebook Group for more information.
The group was started by a Canadian who lived in Helsinki some years ago. It is now managed by Jessica Powell, an American living in Finland, and Allan Soursa, living in Sweden.
You are more than welcome to join us!
You don't need to do anything special to join, but if you have information helping foreigners living in Finland, good events, or interesting activities, you are welcome to share. Just no spamming please! :)
About 70% of the people that come to the meetups are new for the first time, and don't know anyone else there. The others that come regularly really want to get to know new people, so we don't have any issues with clichés or anything like that. The goal of each meetup is to get to meet new people.
We don't have a program for the event, everyone just shows up as their time allows, and can talk to whomever they please. Some people like myself, try to say hello to everyone, but others might only talk to two or three people for the whole event.
We pick different places, times and days, so everyone can find something to suit their interests, and guests are welcome to stay for as long or as little as they would like at each event.