Printable travel guide for Finland
Travel Guide

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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Finland
Capital: Helsinki (population 559,046 and metropolitan area population 980,412)
Population 31.12.2005: 5,255,580
Telephone Code: 358
Time Zone: GMT + 02:00
Area: 338,145 sq km
Languages: Finnish 92% (official), Swedish 5.6% (official), other 2.4% (small Sami- and Russian-speaking minorities)
Ethnic Groups: Finn 93.4%, Swede 5.7%, Russian 0.4%, Estonian 0.2%, Roma 0.2%, Sami 0.1%
Highest Mountain: Haltitunturi 1,328 m
President/Head of State: President Tarja Halonen
Government: Republic
Currency: Euro
Health Risks: Cold in the Northern Hemisphere during the Winter Months!
Electricity: everywhere 230V
Weights & Measures: SI, that is metres & kilograms
Country Name in Other Languages: Finland (Swedish), Finlandia (Italian), Finnland (German), Suomi (Finnish), Finlande (French)

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Finland has lots of things to do and places to see. In major cities you have many kinds of restaurants and night life, and you don't have to go far to experience the peace and tranquility of nature.
If you are interested in amusement parks, Finland has two bigger ones. Linnanmäki is located in the capital city Helsinki, and Särkänniemi is in Tampere.
Finnish nature is mostly clean, very beautiful, and forests are vast. Lots of good hiking grounds! Finnish law allowes anyone to hike anywhere, as long as you don't cause damage.
More information about hiking/trekking in Finland look www.outdoors.fi.
Almost everyone speaks English, and Finland has become to be a very international and technologically advanced country.
Finland is full of great activities and polite people. This is a safe country. You can find more about travelling in Finland from these pages: http://www.travel.fi/

Maps

Browse rough 2001 version of the Finnish road map.
Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa Tampere Turku Oulu Lahti
And so on..

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away
You can travel here by air or train, and even by ferry. Lots of options, you might want to browse the net.

Getting around
Easiest transport is defenitely by train. Distances are long in Finland, and even though sometimes you can get by with a bus and even with your bike, usually it is better to rely on our high quality railways. Go to VR Passenger Service to learn more. Sometimes flying costs the same as travelling by train, so check for example Blue1 for offers.

Air
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport -website also provides a list of Finnish airports and other good info about flying in here. Cheap flights: Ryanair (they fly from London Stanstedt,Riga and Frankfurt Hahn to Tampere) Blue1 (they fly from eg.Hamburg,Stockholm,Amsterdam,Berlin,Copenhagen,Brussels etc. to several places in Finland)

Train
VR Passenger Service is the Finnish railway organisation.

Bus
Lots of bus timetables on the net. You might want to browse them in according to what city/town you are staying at, or your hosts may explain you about different options.
Timetables for long distance buses can be found here: Matkahuolto

Car
Avis Rent-A-Car. Just choose your preferred country!
Car Rental Netrent Finland
Also browse the net, Google with keyword autovuokraamo

Boat
Finland, being a land full of lakes, has many opportunities for boating your way around here. This obviously works only in the summertime.
You can also take an inexpensive ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm or from Turku to Stockholm. Info can be found at Silja Line and Viking Line
At summertimes there is a regular ferry service to Tallinn from Helsinki. Some of the companies have ferries to Tallinn during winter also. Check these sites.
Tallink Nordic Jet Line Eckerö Line Linda Line

Accommodation

Travel Portal

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties


Finfood - Finnish food information service

Finland doesn't have such a big streetfood culture, but sometimes you can find a hotdog stand or sausage grill on the streets. In the summertime finns enjoy various flavours of ice cream from ice cream stands, which are numerous especially in bigger cities. (NOT) only for Vegans: Finland is THE icecream country! In Supermarkets (K-Market and S-Market best assortment) not only TofuIce and soy ice but also Oat Icecream and "Yosa" oat yoghurt!

Finland has vast selection of different kinds of restaurants, varying from indian and chinese to viking restaurants, pizzerias and kebab-houses and mainstream hamburger places to traditional finnish kitchens. Lots of choose from.
Usually dining out is a bit on the expensive side, but then again, your host may know the most inexpensive ones.

Money and Costs



Currency
The currency used in Finland is Euro, so it is easy to come from middle Europe. More about Euro

Exchanging Money
There are exchance points, for example in the main railway stations.

Credit Cards
Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Eurocard, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted

ATMs
There a ATMs thru out Finland. ALL of them are Otto. chain ATM's. For locations Click here

Tipping
Tips in restaurants are not necessary, but 5 to 15% is OK for good service. If Taxi service was good, you may Tip to the nearest 5 euros. In fine hotels 5 euro per customer.

Bargaining
There is NO bargaining in Finland, other than in Market Squares

Costs
Food is relativly expensive. Cheap groceries can be found at Lidl, Alepa and Siwa stores. Stockmann in Helsinki, Espoo and Tampere is the most expensive store in the country, but you can get the best variety from there

Visa and Documents and Embassies


PRINT visa application for yourself.

A Schengen visa permits a short term stay (up to 90 days) in the Schengen-countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden). The visa should always be applied at the consulate/ embassy of the country of the jouney's main destination.

REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. CITIZENS TO ENTER FINLAND
TOURIST TRAVEL
* U.S. Passport must be valid 3 months beyond intended stay
* No visa required for stay up to three months (a maximum of three months cumulative stay during any six months period in the combined Schengen States)
* Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel
* Vaccination: None required

BUSINESS TRAVEL
* U.S. Passport must be valid 3 months beyond intended stay
* Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel
* No Visa Required for Stay up to three months (a maximum of three months cumulative stay during any six months period in the combined Schengen States)
* Vaccinations - None required

DIPLOMATIC/OFFICIAL TRAVEL
* U.S. Passport must be valid 3 months beyond intended stay
* Tickets and Documents for Return or Onward Travel
* No Visa Required for Stay up to 90 days
* Vaccinations - None Required

EMPLOYMENT OR STUDY TRAVEL
* Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate




Foreign Ministry of Finland guide of visa matters. Useful info and links.

Embassy of Finland, Washington, D.C.containing also contact info for embassies in Los Angeles and New York.

Embassy of Finland, London, UK

Embassy of Finland, Canberra, Australia

Embassy of Finland, Moscow, Russia

Embassy of Finland, Tel Aviv, Israel

Embassy of Finland, Kathmandu, Nepal

Embassy of Finland, Copenhagen, Denmark

Borders and Customs

Foreign nationals must carry a passport when entering Finland. A visa is also required for all those not exempt from visa on the basis of an agreement between Finland and their country of origin. Most EU citizens can, however, use an identity card as a travel document. More information concerning travel documents to Finland You can find from web-pages of Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Ports of Entry

Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

Finlandia Hotel & Fun Park,MOGA (INDIA) The Finlandia Hotel is convenient to everything MOGA has to offer, and is only 81 km away from Amritsar International Airport , 400 km away from IGI International Airport New Delhi., 62 km from Ludhiana Each of the 10 rooms at this fine 3.-star hotel feature superior amenities. Each room includes telephone, air conditioning, television, tea/coffeemaker, minibar. In addition, this property in moga has safe box, car travel counter, cocktail lounge, dry cleaning and laundry, conference rooms. Guests may make use of the hotel's excellent recreational and leisure facilities including outdoor garden , fitness center. Everything the hotel does is centered around the guest' experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. All the services are in Europian style. Finlandia Hotel & Fun Park , MOGA City is easy to book - just enter your travel dates on our secure online booking by e-mail. Info@finlandiahotelmoga.com Our family business is part of the Finlandia Hotels chain. We want to provide our guests with good service and peaceful nights in AC rooms for a reasonable price.Welcome to Finlandia Hotel & Fun Park in MOGA City(Punjab) INDIA. We hope that you, too, will be happy with us. @ 24-hour room service · cocktail lounge ,conference rooms , dry cleaning and laundry · Restaurants ,Bar , Disco (Night Club) · travel Car Taxi counter (All size U need) · fitness center , outdoor Garden · There is also a Cottage as a Guest House opp. the hotel (Guest House includes 4 bedrooms, lobby, kitchen, drying room, garden. Best for NRI's) · WWW.finlandiahotelmoga.com - Phone +91 1636 223771 , 91 99142 23771 , 91 97791 23771

Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment


Useful Links

Finland Travel Community

Jolly Dragon

Nightlife Guide

Helsinki Nightlife

Tampere bars and nightlife



An interesting bar in Helsinki

Experience the Arctic Icebar The Arctic Icebar is a chilling experience in UNIQ nightclub! Inside the icebar the temperature is a constant -5C. Upon entry to the Icebar guests are given a warm cape and gloves to wear. Tickets (10 € inlc. drink) are sold in advance from others bars. Entrance also from La Bodega daily from 5 pm. Welcome!

You know though Finland is cold (one might even use the word FREEZING at a times :D hahah) and up north, we do have A WILD NIGHTLIFE!!!!Actually some famous finnish rock-singer once said that there's only real nightlife in two cities in Finland: Helsinki and Rovaniemi but I'm sure that other places in Finland can get pretty wild as well :D hahaha Come and check it out yourself!And if you visit Lapland,don't you dare not to come and party until dawn with me in Rovaniemi! ;) -ilona

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs


Gateway to Finnish Culture on the Net

Virtual Finland — Your Window on Finland

Language and Useful Phrases

Finnish - English
Päivää - Hello! (formal)
Moi - Hi! (unformal)
Kaunis ilma - It's a nice weather
Näkemiin - Goodbye
Kiitos - Thank you
Anteeksi - Excuse me
Sori - Sorry...
Mitä kuuluu? - How are you?
kasvisruoka - vegetarian food
ruoka - food
nukkua - to sleep
leirintäalue - camping area
Voinko saada kyydin Helsinkiin? - Can I have a ride to Helsinki?
kersa

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP: 143,4 Billion EURO (2003, estimate)
GDP: per head 27512 EURO (2003, estimate)
Annual growth: 1,9 % (2003, estimate)
inflation: 0,9 % (2003)
Major Industries: Electrical and optical equipment, Forest industry
Major trading partners: Germany, Sweden, Russia
wessi, Finland

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

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External Links

Official Country Website:
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TRAVEL.org FINLAND

Surf Finland. The geographic map displays all official municipal web sites in Finland.

Hotels and Travel in Finland

The Foreigner's Guide to Finland http://www.co.jyu.fi/~np/misc/foreigners_guide_to_finland.html it's just HILARIOUS,everyone planning a trip to Finland should read it first :D ahaha

Offtopic Messages

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