Welcome to Finland, the land of 187,888 lakes and a million contrasts, steamingly hot saunas and strong sami traditions, Muumi bears, real bears, and the one and only Santa Claus!
You think of Alvar Aalto, of Sibelius, of great minds and greater ideas. Of Nokia, of Angry Birds and stranger than strange words. Of the storytelling clash of the classic Russian touch and modern Finnish architechture. And among all these wonderful buildings and amidst the islands scattered ad random around the Helsinki Bay you will find us! We, the Finns. We love vibrant music festivals, funky fashion, Karaoke and salty black liquorice, we like to compete in disciplines like table drumming and rubber boot throwing.
But You also think of snow, of reindeer, of Christmas in glass igloos. You dream about hovering northern lights and bright sami colours on magical white backgrounds. What about the absolute silence hidden throughout the Lappish frozen forests? About the possibility to experience a mindblowing –110 °C, only wearing a swim suit? Or even swimming in the Arctic Ocean among ice blocks bigger than boulders?
Are you ready to explore the contrasts of everything that is Finland?
We look forward to seeing You!
Did you know
Population is 5,4 million people and we are considered one of the most ingenuities peoples on the planet
During the winter time we use the frozen lakes as roads
There are no public payphones in Finland
Our currency is Euro, but one and two cent coins are not used in Finland
There are around 2.2 million saunas in Finland, 1 for every 2.5 people
Turku, the former capital of Finland, was founded in the 13th century
Our language served as inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elven language
We proudly boast of the best educational system in Europe
Finland is the only country in the world, which broadcasts news in Latin
You can reach Tallinn by a 2 hour boat tour, St. Petersburg by a half day train ride and Stockholm by overnight cruise
Practical information about Finland
Finland is a land of four seasons and a place where the weather can vary greatly during one day, first sunshine, then rain, so be prepared for rainy or cold weather whatever the season may be. July is normally the warmest month with an average temperature of around 18° C in Helsinki. February is the coldest month with an average temperature of around -5° C.
Helsinki offers convenient public transportation, and short distances make it easy to get around by walking or biking. You can use the same tickets on all public transport in Helsinki: bus, tram, metro, train and ferry. The Helsinki public transport network is operating 24 hours a day, with special bus services covering the night and early hours.
Local Wi-Fi network are widespread in Finland. Many restaurants, cafes, hotels, shopping centres have free Wi-Fi available.
The Finnish currency is the EURO (EUR) which is divided into 100 cents. Finnish bank opening hours are generally from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Mondays to Fridays. Banks are closed during weekends and public holidays. Currency exchange offices offer longer opening hours than banks and stays open on Saturdays and Sundays/public holidays. ATMs, found at practically all bank-branches, accept all major credit cards.
Shopping in Helsinki is easy. Helsinki offers a vast array of unique souvenirs from folksy handicrafts to functional Finnish design and a variety of shopping environments: shopping centres and malls, department stores, markets as well as small boutiques. Helsinki’s main shopping precincts and streets are downtown – all within easy walking distance. When in Helsinki do not miss the opportunity of seeing the Design District which is a cluster of shops offering visitors shopping, dining and design-related experiences.
If you are a citizen and resident of a country outside the EU, you can claim a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund. You can only shop in stores with “tax free shopping” signs in order to receive the VAT refund. In order to achieve the VAT refund, a minimum purchase per shop is required. When you approach the refund point, please make sure that you have the following with you:
Your Global Blue tax-free form
For more information please go to: http://www.globalblue.com/customer-services/tax-free-shopping3/ or ask in the ”tax free” shop.