Finnish community in Thailand
Roughly 1,500–2,000 Finns reside in Thailand permanently and another few thousand live there on a non-temporary basis.
Finns in Bangkok
Established in 2004, the association known as Krungthepin suomalaiset brings together Finns who live in Bangkok. Its mission is to cherish the Finnish language and culture and act as a link between the various Finnish associations active in Thailand. They also maintain a library for the membership. For more information, please make contact by email.
Finnish Language School in Bangkok
The focus of the Finnish Language School in Bangkok, known as Bansku, is to teach the Finnish language and culture. The school welcomes children above the age of 3, who are Finnish or of Finnish origin. During the school term, classes meet every two weeks or so in the premises of the NIST International School, on Sundays for 2 hours at a time. The school’s purpose is to keep up and improve the pupils’ Finnish skills through Finnish language-based activities that encourage children to learn. The school also provides an opportunity to enjoy fun time with other children who are interested in the Finnish language.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Bangkokin Suomi-koulu Bansku
Finland-Society in Pattaya
The Finland-Society in Pattaya (Pattayan Suomi-Seura) has activities principally during the winter season, when many Finns come to Pattaya for holidays. The society has roughly 500 members. They organise karaoke and dancing evenings, and the sauna is heated every Saturday. A selection of Finnish newspapers and magazines can be read on the premises, and books can be taken out on loan. Home-made food is available daily.
308/388 Pratamnak Road Soi 3
Moo 12, Nongprue
Tel. +66 (0)6 1095 0890
The Finns in the Hua Hin area
This association, Hua Hinin seudun suomalaiset, was established in 2009 with the goal of assisting Finnish citizens in and around Hua Hin in matters related to living and residing in Thailand in order to make them feel more at home here. It has a membership of around 350. The library and club room are located in Hua Hin Soi 94/1.
The Finnish School in Pattaya
Established in 2010, the Finnish School in Pattaya applies the Finnish national curriculum and has a Finnish teaching staff. The school aspires to help Finnish families residing in Thailand or visiting there to arrange for the schooling of their children.
For more information, visit the school’s homepage www.pattayansuomalainenkoulu.com
The Finnish pastor in Thailand
The Finnish priest organises major church services, divine services and pastoral services for Finns resident in Thailand or visiting the country. For pastoral services such as baptisms and weddings, you need to contact the pastor in advance. You can also book an appointment for a confidential discussion and pastoral counselling by sending an email to [email protected]
Divine services to celebrate the main events of the Christian church year – Christmas and Easter – can be arranged even outside Bangkok in collaboration with the local Finnish communities. During these visits, the pastor will also be available for pastoral services and private counselling.