My Career: From Start to Finnish
Genetics professor Craig appreciates much about living here
Craig Primmer, Australia. Professor of genetics
“When comparing salary level versus the cost of living, remember the ‘hidden’ perks included in life in Finland.”
to live with my wife. I first moved to Sweden to do genetics research in 1993 with a one-year agreement and very soon met a nice Finnish girl. The rest, as they say, is history!
the total shutdown of the whole country from midsummer to the end of July when everyone takes a holiday.
getting people to not be quite as shy about talking to people they don’t know well.
don’t become a hermit! Get out and enjoy winter activities when the weather is good – meaning cold and snow or ice – and get good outdoor gear so you can get fresh air even when the weather is bad. For example, I am an avid all-weather cyclist.
when comparing salary level versus the cost of living, remember the ‘hidden’ perks included in life in Finland like high-quality free schooling, healthcare and very affordable childcare, and also other aspects that don’t have a price tag like safety, the possibility of a short commute and living close to nature. I live four kilometres from downtown Helsinki and the closest fly-fishing location is 600 metres away!