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The official languages of the country are Finnish and Swedish, however, English is widely spoken, and many people also speak German. There are also several official minor languages: Sami, Romani, Finnish Sign Language, and Karelian.
There is only one time zone in Finland, which is EET or Eastern European Time (+02:00)
Finland isn’t just the happiest country in the world, but also one of the safest ones to live or travel in. Crime rates are low, major natural disasters such as tornados, typhoons and earthquakes are practically non-existent. Everyone is welcome in Finland, and visitors can largely roam this Nordic country without any stress, however, it’s always smart to have a plan and share your travel plans with family and friends.
Finland’s emergency phone number is 112. If your life, health, property, or the environment are in danger, don’t hesitate and dial this number immediately to reach ambulance, fire fighters and police.
Animals cross the road unexpectedly at any time of the day, so drive in a safe speed to not cause damages to moose, deers, and reindeers while driving on the roads.
Finland has one venomous snake: the viper (or in Finnish: kyy). If you’re outdoors during the summer, watch your step and wear boots to cover your ankles, and It is always smart to carry a first aid kit in the nature. If you’re bitten by a snake, call 112 and head to a hospital or doctor’s office immediately. Also, there are many posisoneous mushrooms and berries in the forrest that you must avoid consuming.
Mosquitoes are widely found during the summer. Also, ticks are found everywhere and can transfer diseases like TBE and Borrelia, however, the risk of contracting a tick-borne disease is low. Try to wear long-sleeved shirts, and clothes that cover your skin and bug repellent, especially on the coasts and in the archipelago area.
The roads condition is very good in Finland, however, drive carefully during the winter and do not comsume alcohol when planning to drive.
Under the current instructions of the Finnish Border Guard, the following requirements apply to foreigners entering Finland from outside of the EU and Schengen area:
- a certificate of a full approved COVID-19 vaccination series, OR
- a certificate of having had the COVID-19 disease and one approved COVID-19 vaccine, OR
- an EU Digital COVID Certificate for a COVID-19 disease had less than six months ago.
You need a valid passport that satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality. If you aren’t a citizen of Finland or another European Economic Area (EEA) country, you may also need a visa. Please check with your local Finnish Embassy, and they’ll be happy to help you.
Finland is a year-round destination. Winters are great for outdoor activities like downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, skating and ice-swimming. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to see the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland. Late summer and autumn are ideal for foraging and enjoying colourful autumn foliage. The spring months (until early May) offer the best skiing in Lapland – in the south, the snow will be gone by then. The summer months across Finland are known for their white nights, and in Lapland, as a time when the sun never sets. Big cities have interesting things to see and do all year, and across Finland, it’s always sauna season. With our Finland tours you can have different experiences throughout a year!
Finland is the eighth most expensive country in Europe according to a Eurostat study of 2017. Followed by Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, and Luxembourg, the Nordic country has shown to be an expensive country based on the following informatin
If you would like travel around Finland and get the best of each region, 10 to 14 days should suffice. However, if you intend to just stay in one region such as just within the Arctic Circle or just Helsinki, you would just need 4 to 6 days to do so.
You can fly, cruise or drive.
Arriving by plane: Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL) airport is the country’s biggest airport that connects you easily to other parts of the country, as well as other countries. Besides Helsinki, there are many other airports, such as Rovaniemi in Lapland, that offer direct international flights.
Arriving by boat: Helsinki has ferry connections with Germany, Poland, Sweden, Latvia and Estonia. You can also arrive by ferry in Vaasa, Turku, or Hanko from Sweden.Arriving by car: You can drive in Finland from Sweden or Norway. You can also drive your own car to a ferry and then cross the Baltic to Finland.
Finland is a large country, but getting around is really easy, and everything runs like clock! You can travel within cities by modern trains, buses, or flights. During the summer, there are water connections available as well between some cities. Within the cities you can have access to clean public transportation with a wide network of connections. In Helsinki, you can install HSL application on your phones and purchase day tickets for 8 euros.