Finland

Capital Helsinki

Population 5,491,817

Area 338,424 km2

Key facts

Finland is a member state of the European Union located in Northern Europe. There are 3 countries (Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden) that Finland shares its borders with. As for languages, the country’s residents speak Finnish and Swedish. Although English isn’t the official language, the majority of people in Finland are good English speakers.

EF EPI’s 2021 rankings placed Finland 9th among 100 nations out of non-native English-speaking countries.

The national currency in Finland is Euro (EUR). The euro (€) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today’s currency rate, 1 USD is worth 0.96 EUR.

Finnish
Banknotes

€5€10€20€50€100€200€500

Finnish
Coins

€1€25c10c20c50c1c2c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Finland is 181.99 Mbps and mobile is 133.74 Mbs.The global average is 164.00 Mbps and 114.16 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in Finland is close to the world average.36.75 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Finland without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Finland. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Finland will celebrate 15 national public holidays. The next one All Saints’ Day will take place on November 4.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayUudenvuodenpäivä
January 6, 2023 EpiphanyLoppiainen
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayPitkäperjantai
April 9, 2023Moving holiday Easter SundayPääsiäispäivä
April 10, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayToinen pääsiäispäivä
May 1, 2023 May DayVappu
May 18, 2023Moving holiday Ascension DayHelatorstai
May 28, 2023Moving holiday PentecostHelluntaipäivä
June 23, 2023Moving holiday Midsummer EveJuhannusaatto
June 24, 2023Moving holiday Midsummer DayJuhannuspäivä
November 4, 2023Moving holiday All Saints’ DayPyhäinpäivä
December 6, 2023 Independence DayItsenäisyyspäivä
December 24, 2023 Christmas EveJouluaatto
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayJoulupäivä
December 26, 2023 St. Stephen’s DayTapaninpäivä

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Finland?

There are Mariott hotels in 2 cities: Helsinki and Tampere.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Finland.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Finland.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Finland.

There are Radisson hotels in 5 cities.

There are no Accor hotels in Finland.

What fast food chains are present in Finland?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Finland.

The KFC chain operates in Finland.

The Burger King chain operates in Finland.

The Subway chain operates in Finland.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Finland.

The Starbucks chain operates in Finland.

Weather

What is the weather like in Helsinki?

Today the sun in Helsinki, rises at 7:35 AM and sets at 6:42 PM. The climate of Helsinki may be categorized as a Humid continental (Dfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayOct 5OvercastLow: 6.5°C (43.7°F)High: 12.8°C (55.04°F)
FridayOct 6Heavy RainLow: 3.4°C (38.12°F)High: 11.4°C (52.52°F)
SaturdayOct 7Heavy RainLow: 3.5°C (38.3°F)High: 9.7°C (49.46°F)
SundayOct 8Partly cloudlyLow: 0.8°C (33.44°F)High: 7.1°C (44.78°F)
MondayOct 9OvercastLow: 2°C (35.6°F)High: 7.6°C (45.68°F)
TuesdayOct 10FogLow: -0.9°C (30.38°F)High: 7.5°C (45.5°F)

Weather data for Helsinki (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Helsinki.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 3 cities. Bolt is available only in one city: Helsinki.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Finland.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 6.3, Finland is placed 18th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Finland traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  2,433.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 3.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Finland

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Illegal
Medical usage: Legal in certain circumstances

You are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol if you are under the age of 18.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
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