Practical Information about Finland

Visa to Finland

Visa to Finland

What visa you need for visiting Finland depends on your nationality and purpose.


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Opening hours in Finland

Opening hours in Finland

Get an overview of the common shopping and opening hours in Finland.


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Weather in Finland

Weather in Finland

The most of the Finnish population lives in the south, which is dominated by northern temperate climate.


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Tax Free Shopping in Finland

Tax Free Shopping in Finland

It is possible to make tax free shopping in Finland if you not are living in EU.


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Phones & Internet & Wifi

Phones & Internet & Wifi

Phones Most people in Finland have a mobile phone because they are relatively inexpensive to use. Mobile phones are often also the only way of reaching people in Finland as it is nowadays rare to have a landline and pay phones have become almost extinct.

There are several mobile phone operators in Finland. The biggest nation-wide operators are DNA, Elisa, Saunalahti and Sonera. A simple way to open a line is to acquire a pre-paid card (e.g. DNA Prepaid, GoMobile Prepaid, Saunalahti Prepaid, Sonera Easy, Tele Finland Helppo). The cards are rechargeable and can be purchased at R-...


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Bank & Currency in Finland

Bank & Currency in Finland


Banks In Finland the most used form regarding withdrawal transaction with money is ATMs for cash. You will find the most ATM by the sign OTTO.  In general most banking in Finland is now done on-line through home or company computers as well as payment terminals located at branch offices. 

Finnish banks are open from Monday to Friday 09.15 - 16.15 (office hours may vary regionally), closed on Saturdays and Sundays. All banking services are available at branches of banks such as Sampo, Nordea Bank Finland, OKO Bank Group and Ålandsbanken.  You can use the most major credit ...


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Discount Cards in Finland

Discount Cards in Finland


In Finland you will find a number of discount schemes that can save you time and money for your visits around attractions. Cards provide either free admission or discounts and in some cases, free transport.

Helsinki Card Helsinki Card is a city card with a number of benefits that will help you to discover and experience Helsinki plus save money. Examples like free public transportation in the city, free guidebook and free entry to top attractions.


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To and from Helsinki  Airport

To and from Helsinki Airport

Helsinki Region Transport service provides public transport between Helsinki Vantaa Int. Airport and Helsinki City Centre. Many long distance buses stop in addition at the airport.


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Emergency in Finland

Emergency in Finland


In Finland you will have to dial 112 on phone, fixed or mobile to contact the emergency services. It is of course free of charge. Information about health care available in Helsinki round the clock: tel. +358 (0)9 10 023.


All hospitals have doctors on duty round the clock. In emergencies patients should be directed to a health centre or hospital emergency unit. For details of dental services from 09.00 to 21.00, call tel. +358 (0)9 736 166. 24-hour emergency hospital treatment for foreigners with doctors on duty around the clock.

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What to Pack - Finland

What to Pack - Finland

In summer, pack a t-shirts and shorts, but take also along a pair of jeans and a shirt with long sleeves.


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Languages

Languages

In Finland 92% used Finnish as first language. There is 5, 5% of the population using Swedish.  About 1,700 people in Lapland speak Sami (Lapp) languages. Finnish has a reputation for being a difficult language, with many declensions and long words.

The Finns are in general very educated people, and speak English at a good level. Getting around in Finland is no problem regarding to languages. The Finns are happy and helpful people. Used words and phrases- hello: "Hei". If you want to be cool, you can say "Moi." After a delicious dinner, it's always polite to say "kiitos", pronou...


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Credit Cards in Finland

Credit Cards in Finland


Credit Cards American Express, Diner’s Club, Eurocard, Access, Master Card and Visa are accepted in hotels, restaurants, larger shops, and department stores.

Visa Electron is also accepted in many shops and department stores.


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Public Transport

Public Transport


Although Finland is a large and not populated country you can getting around without problems .

The public transport network system are very reliable and good including by air, rail, road and water .


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Biking in Finland

Biking in Finland


Cycling is a great way to get around and do some local sightseeing.

 All over in Finland you will find roads and terrain – not to mention the scenery – are terrific for pedalling.


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Drinking Water

Drinking Water


Finland is an impressive country regarding clean water. Eighty per cent of the water in Finland is classed as being exceptionally clean. Finland done a lot to improved water protection, and results in an improvement in the quality of the water emitted by both industry and municipalities.
The clearest indications of eutrophication can be found in the Gulf of Finland and in the archipelago.  You will find bottled mineral water is available in shops and restaurants, but Finnish tap water is of the highest quality and can be consumed freely throughout the country.


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Post

Post


Poste Restante: In Helsinki at the main Post Office, Mannerheimintie 11 F, 00100 Helsinki, open from Monday to Friday 09.00 - 18.00. All other cities at the main post office.

Yellow mail boxes (on walls) for daily collections. You can buy stamps at post offices, book and paper shops, R-kiosks, stations, hotels.



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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes


In the summer Finland has a lot of mosquitoes, and especially in the north of Finland. In cities there are almost no mosquitoes. Finnish mosquitoes are not dangerous but more a nuisance, but you can protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Wearing relevant close like long sleeves and trousers, especially at dusk, and using mosquito repellent, which is available in shops and at kiosks? The pharmacies also sell cream for easing the effects of the bites.


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Tipping

Tipping


Tipping culture is almost non-existent in Finland, although it has become more common recently. Service charges are included in hotel room rates, restaurant and taxi prices, so tips are not expected, but can be given if you think the service has been especially good.

A cloakroom fee of about 2 euros for restaurant doormen should be clearly indicated in the cloakroom area.


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Pharmacy

Pharmacy


In Finland you will find one of Europe's safest countries in terms of health and hygiene.

Finnish pharmacies are well stocked with all the basic medicines, but note that some medicines that are available in stores and supermarkets in other countries - such as Aspirin and various ointments - are only available in pharmacies in Finland.


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Tourist Offices

Tourist Offices


When you’re visiting Finland the tourist guiding service has highly standard.

There are extensive networks of official tourist offices, where you can receive professional and friendly guidance and help planning your holiday.

They can help regarding accommodations, maps, hotels, brochures etc…. . Guide you in English languages.


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Safety in Finland

Safety in Finland

Helsinki, the capital, is quite safe for tourists, and has been ranked the world's second safest city.


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Dazzling Lakeland

Dazzling Lakeland

Welcome to the greatest lake district in Europe. Covered by beautiful lakes, rivers and islands.

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Check out Helsinki

Check out Helsinki

Finland`s capital has lot of museums and the design scene and saunas are legendary here

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The Santa Claus Village

The Santa Claus Village

You will find one of Finland`s largest tourist culture attractions in Rovaniemi in at the Arctic Circle in Lapland. From here tourist from all over the world send relatives and friends greetings.

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