Young Estonian doctors are being lured to Finland

Estonian graduate medical students often move to the other side of the Baltic sea in hope of better salaries and working conditions. This trend is leaving Estonia short of doctors.

Marian Männi
Marian Männi Eesti Ekspress, Estonia
Source: Eesti Ekspress
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There are even special companies dedicated to encouraging Estonian graduate students to work in Finland. For example, one promises a salary of "10,000 euros and more" and free language courses (the Estonian language is similar to Finnish). They promise to deal with all the bureaucracy. This sounds like a very simple and attractive option for young doctors.

Many young Estonian doctors take advantage of the opportunity -- they go to Finland for a year or more. Some never return.

Meanwhile, Estonia is greatly lacking doctors, especially family physicians in the rural areas. 

Of course, doctors work in trying conditions in every European country, and Finland is no exception. These young doctors often fill the positions Finns don't want to take. Still, the conditions offered are better than those in their home country.

Details from the story:

  • In Finland, the salaries even for an internship start from 30 euros an hour while in Estonia some hospitals don't pay any salaries for interns.
  • Many medical students opt for Finland to save enough money to be able to afford buying their own home in Estonia. One year of work in Finland is enough to collect a decent down payment.
  • The money is not always the reason why young Estonian doctors leave (in some high positions the salaries in Estonia and Finland can even be comparable). Young doctors are saying that it is also that the working conditions in Finland are much better. They are treated better, are given more responsibility and the schedules are more flexible.
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