Project Description

Being an Au Pair in Finland


An au pair must be aged between 18 and 30 years old.


The au pair takes part in the host family’s normal household tasks. Mostly this means child care and light household duties. Work contents need to be agreed upon by the host family and the au pair.

Duration of stay

12 months at the utmost

Working hours

30 hours per week at the utmost, not more than 5 hours per day

The au pair lives with the host family as an equal family member. The working hours (i.e. the time which the au pair spends with child care and household tasks) of the au pair may not exceed the working hours of the other family members.

Pocket money

The au pair’s pocket money has to amount to at least € 252 net per month (as of 03/2010). Furthermore the family has to offer board and lodging.The gross salary shall be adapted in such a way that the au pair has € 252 per month after tax for his/her use.The Finnish host family shall enquire at the Finnish revenue board VERO how much salary the au pair should receive to ensure that the au pair receives € 252 net per month.

Period of notice

The period of notice needs to be agreed upon by the two parties and in most cases it is 2 weeks.

Time off

At least 1 whole day per week has to be off. Once a month the au pair should have a Sunday off. Babysitting in the evenings needs to be agreed upon.


It is standard practice that the au pair has two days of vacation per month in accordance with the Finnish labour legislation.


The accommodation for the au pair should be similar to the rooms of the other family members. The au pair has to have his/her own room.

Board and lodging

The family has to offer free board and lodging to the au pair.

Language course

The au pair is obliged to take part in a Finnish or Swedish language course during his/her stay to be able to apply for a residence permit. The family has to give the au pair the opportunity to attend a language course. But it is the family’s decision whether they pay for it.

Travel costs

Travel costs have to be paid for by the au pair but many families choose to pay a part of these costs.

It is also common practice to provide the au pair with a monthly ticket for local public transportation.