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How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

Everyone speaks English and there alot of English signs. The Finnish language is extremely difficult to learn. - Jul 19, 2012
You don't need any Finnish; almost everyone speaks English. A lot of Finnish TV is from the US/GB and all is in English. - Jan 23, 2011
Not too much. Words to go shopping are helpful, as sometimes you can't always figure out what's in the package. Also basic numbers, months and days, and greetings. - May 9, 2010
In Helsinki, most people speak English very well. Finnish is a difficult language to learn. I have found people in Helsinki very willing to help me when I attempt to speak Finnish or will just speak English. - Apr 4, 2009
Most Finns speak English and don't mind that foreigners don't speak Finnish. However, everything is written in Finnish and Swedish, so learning at enough to survive will not hurt. - Mar 26, 2008