Finland Travel Facts.

Finland is a country of islands, lakes, and forests. Here, you will find useful Finland Travel Facts. The modern capital city of Finland is Helsinki and is filled with museums and galleries. In summers, sun never sets here and vice versa in the winters. When you travel in summer, enjoy the unspoiled wilderness, admire the beauty of varied landscapes, see charming towns, explore the modern capital, and relax in sauna. In the winter months, it is easy to see why Finland is the best place to see the Northern Lights.

Culture

While in Finland, greet the locals by a handshake. The people here are quite reserved and don’t open-up easily. Leave shoes outside the house when going over to someone’s house. It is customary to wait till the toast is being raised at the dinner table. Host raises the toast by saying ‘kippis’ or ‘skol’. People dress casually most of the times.

Population and Languages

The population of Finland is roughly 5.4 million and the official languages are Finnish and Swedish.

Electricity

The standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type F.

Geographic Location

Finland is A peninsula with the Gulf of Finland to the south and the Gulf of Bothnia to the west, the country has land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east.

Wildlife

The pristine and picturesque landscapes of Finland provide habitat for many wild animals and birds including magnificent bears, wolves, lynx, eagles, cranes and swans, as well as the world’s rarest seal. Birdwatchers flock to Finland to find species that are hard to spot anywhere else in Europe. Keen wildlife photographers also come here to enjoy excursions and facilities that enable them to get spectacular shots of our amazing animals in their natural wild settings. Great places to watch out for these creatures include Finland’s 37 national parks, which are freely open to everyone all year round.

Travel

Finnair is the national airline of Finland. Other airlines that fly to Finland are Air France, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, American Airline, British Airways, KLM, Swiss airline, Lufthansa, and United airlines. The major airport of Finland is Helsinki airport. It is 19km away from the city and it takes about 25 minutes to get to the city from the airport. Finnair provides buses for the passengers. Taxis and hotel coaches are also available. The facilities provided at the airport are duty free shops, car hire, bank, hotel reservation service, conference room, restaurant, and a multimedia centre. Other than Helsinki airport, there are about 22 other airports and Blue 1 is the domestic airline which operates within Finland. Times to time cheap offers are being announced by the airlines. Prior checking of such offers will prove to be of great help.
If deciding to go by the sea, ferry services are provided and the major ports are Naantali, Vaasa and Turku. These ferries connect to Rostock, Kapellskär, Grisslehamn, and Travemünde. Some of the cruises offer small cabins along with the provision of meals if staying aboard overnight.
Trains from St Petersburg and Moscow can also be boarded. All the trains are clean and very comfortable. Car-carrier trains also operate in Finland. Traveling by rail proves to be inexpensive and efficient and great options for enjoying sightseeing. Avail the unlimited train travel offer of Inter-Rail pass or Eurailpass. There are offers for elderly people and children, check them out.
When traveling by road there are chances of running into an elk or reindeer. In such cases, police should be reported immediately. Blowing horn for small reasons should be avoided. Keep your car to the right. Gas stations accept credit cards. Laws about seat belt and drinking while driving should be strictly followed. Extra precautions must be taken if taking caravan along. National driving license or International Driving Permit and car insurance must be there with you always. Coach Service is also available and connects to even the remote places. Taxis can be hired at the airport and railway stations and tipping is considered offensive here. Check out agents in Helsinki who run a rent-a-car business for hiring cars.

Currency

The official currency of Finland is the Euro.
Euro coins differ according to country, but they can be used in any EU state. Bank notes are of uniform EU
design (depicting European architectural styles throughout seven ages, from Classical to Modern times).
1 EURO (€) = 100 Cents (c)
● Banknote denominations: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500
● Coin denominations: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

Shopping

The following budget guidelines are just approximate values or starting values for meals and are per person. Actual prices will vary widely by restaurant and city within a country but below are some averages as provided by our experienced personnel.
The approximate cost of a soft drink/mineral water/coffee is €3-4.
An average lunch consisting of a salad or sandwich and a soda or water starts at approximately €15-20.
A steak dinner at a mid-range restaurant with dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage starts at approximately
€40.

Important Finnish Words:

Hello: Paivaa or terve
How do you do: Kuinka voit
Please: Olkaa hyva
Thank you: Kiitos
Yes: Kylla,joo
No: Ei
Toilet: Vessa, Miehet or Herrat (Gents.), Naiset or Damer (Ladies)
Goodbye: Nakemiin or hei hei,
1: Si, 2: Kaksi, 3: Kolme, 4: Neljä, 5: Viisi, 6: Kuusi, 7: Seitsemän, 8: Kahdeksan, 9: Yhdeksän, 10:
Kymmenen,
Coffee: Kahvi
Tea: Tee, Milk: Maito,
Water: Vesi
Wine: Viini
Beer: Olut
Cheers! Kippis!

For latest guidelines on Duty Free Items – See the World Travel Guide
To find out more about Finland go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland

We hope these Finland Travel Facts are useful.

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