Facts about Finland


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Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea.

In May in Finland everything is growing so fast you can almost see the grass growing and the leaves bursting forth. During the past few years May has been one of the warmest months of the year.

Because of the long, cold winter Finns celebrate their spring and summer very passionately. For short– but oh, so sweet! – season, the temperatures soar high and the sun does not set at all. The summer isn’t endless in Finland, but there are almost endless summer days and white nights.

On a fine day, Finns have an overwhelming urge to get outside and get out of town. From the beautiful coastal islands to the ever-present forests and lakes everywhere and anywhere in the country, the nature is always nearby, even with the largest of cities. When in the city Finns enjoy their months of sunshine (and drinks) on the sidewalk and park terraces around town. Market places of all sort are another attraction.

When nights are almost as light as day it is possible to do all the same things that you would do in the daytime – the greatest difference comes from the incredible change in the nature of the light… It takes on a reddish-yellow color – almost like during sunrise or sunset – and everything around you is bathed in an unimaginably warm, bright light.

If you speak English, you should not have any difficulties as most Finns speak fluent (or at least understandable) English.

Finland is one of Europe’s safest countries in terms of health and hygiene. You can drink tap water. Besides of Covid, no other vaccinations are required before arrival. Finnish pharmacies are well stocked with all the basic medicines, but note that some medicines that are available in stores and supermarkets in other countries – such as Aspirin and various ointments – are only available in pharmacies (Apteekki)  in Finland.

Anyone permanently resident outside the EU and Norway can shop tax free in Finland, thus saving about 12 (max. 16) per cent on purchases of over 40 €. Only stores with “tax free shopping” signs will provide customers with a cheque covering the VAT refund; this can be cashed upon leaving the last EU country visited.

Most shops are open until 6 pm or 8 pm or even later every day. Exceptions occur on public holidays, bank holidays etc.

American Express, Diner’s Club, Eurocard, Access, Master Card and Visa are accepted in hotels, restaurants, larger shops, and department stores. Visa Electron is also accepted in all shops and department stores.

Restaurant and bar serving hours may depend on current Covid restrictions. The sale of alcohol to persons under 18 years of age is prohibited by law.

A person aged 20 can buy alcoholic drinks of any kind from an Alko (state monopoly) liquor store. Customers may be asked to show a passport, identification card or driving licence as proof of age. Beer and cider with 5.5% or less alcohol is sold in supermarkets and other food stores until 9 pm every day. Wines, liquors and spirits are sold in Alko stores. Most Alko stores are open from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 8 pm, and 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays.

Facts about Helsinki:

Located between East and West, Helsinki is full of surprises just waiting for you to discover. Helsinki is home to the 18th-century sea fortress Suomenlinna, the fashionable Design District and diverse museums. While in Helsinki you can experience Finnish food, design, architecture, beautiful nature – and sauna! The city is easily approachable, literally. The public transportation system is one of the best in the world – with that one adorable metro line, which will take you very close to our venue Cable Factory from downtown in just few minutes.

The Helsinki Archipelago consists of over 300 islands. There are 6 national parks less than 2 hours away from Helsinki and countless other nature sites to visit. 


We will be so happy to have you in Helsinki!