Travel Advisory for Finland

The following travel advisory is based on information issued by the Finnish government in respect of the coronavirus situation in Finland. UPDATE 28.3: Travellers arriving in Finland are not allowed to use public transportation when exiting the airport. Transportation will be provided for those passengers who are unable to secure private transportation. If you are […]

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day Finland!  December 6th marks Finland’s anniversary of independence and the day is celebrated across the country with both joy and solemnity. Independence Day Traditions The occasion is typically marked by church services and tributes at war memorials. In continuation of a wartime tradition, candles are lit in the windows at 6 pm. […]

Emergency Information

An outline of where to go or who to call in the event that an emergency situation arises while you are visiting Helsinki. UPDATE: If you suspect that you have contracted the coronavirus please follow the guidelines provided by the city. In case of mild symptoms, self-isolate at home. If your symptoms are worsening, call […]

Currency in Finland

The official currency in Finland is the euro (€). Banknotes and Coins Banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 5€, 10€, 20€, 50€, 100€ and 200€. Issuance of 500€ notes was discontinued in January 2019 but they remain legal tender in the euro area. The coins are issued as 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, […]

Tourist Information

Throughout Helsinki there are several official tourist information service points to assist visitors. Service Points Tourist information service points can be found at several locations, from which you can get information and tips about events and attractions, as well as obtain maps and brochures. The main Tourist Information Center is located at the Central Railway […]

Business Hours

Shopping business hours Business hours in Finland vary depending on the business in question. Shop opening hours were deregulated in 2016 and shop owners set their opening and closing hours freely. Department stores and many chain stores are typically open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 […]

Climate

Helsinki has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The high season for tourists spans from May to September, when the days are long and the temperatures generally comfortable. However, because of its geographic position, Finland has a mixed climate, which means that the weather can vary from torrential rain to long heat waves. […]

Enduring Classics of Modernism

The earliest and still working companies in the field of the applied arts were the Arabia ceramics factory (founded in 1873), and Nuutajärvi glass factory (founded in 1794). In 1928 Riihimäen Lasi organised a glass design competition. The winning designer, Henry Ericsson already showed the clean lines of modernism. The work of the 1930s, from furniture and everyday wares to graphic design, was characterised […]

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