When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Finland to help you prepare for your trip.
A sparsely populated land of deep forests and countless lakes, Finland is characterised by the strikingly conspicuous way seasons mark the progress of the year. Endless, surprisingly warm summer days give way to merciless Arctic winters and enchanting northern lights. Fins are friendly and hospitable although they may tell you the opposite. They are not big on small talk. Saunas are ubiquitous.
One of the great concepts in Finland is called “Everyman’s Rights”. This gives you the right to roam freely in natural areas like forests, fells, lakes and rivers, without permission from landowners. You can pick wild berries and mushrooms, but not someone’s apples or plums. You can go canoeing and camping, but not too close to someone’s house. In many areas, fishing requires a permit. Don’t leave litter, and leave the place the way you found it. Simply put: Enjoy the great outdoors, but be responsible and respect nature as well as other people and their property.
The national languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. Some of the most common Finnish phrases you may find useful to know when visiting are:
• Hei / Terve / Moi – Hello
• Näkemiin – Bye
• Kyllä / Joo – Yes
• Ei – No
• Kiitos – Thank you
• Puhutteko englantia? – Do you speak English?
• Avoinna / Suljettu – Open / Closed
• Miehet / Naiset – Gents / Ladies
• Leirintäalue – Campsite
Fins tend to have a very good level of English and it is easy to get around the country even if you don’t speak Finnish or Swedish. Still, attempting basic greetings in the local language will be considered as polite and appreciated. We therefore recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay.
The currency in Finland is the Euro.
Bank are generally open Monday to Friday, 0915hrs to 1615hrs.
Credit Cards & ATM
ATMs are widely available, but cash payments are relatively rare in Finland except for the smallest of purchases. Debit and Credit cards are widely accepted.
Travellers’ cheques are accepted in some larger shops. They can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change.