Finland

Finland is located in the very north of Europe and it is a country of islands, lakes and forests. The capital city of Finland is Helsinki which is filled with museums and galleries. During summer the sun never sets here and vice versa in the winters.


View over Helsinki, Finland

Culture

A handshake will do fine for greeting someone. The locals are quit reseved and don’t open up easily. When going to someones house, leave the shoes outside. At the dinner table it is customary to wait till the toast is being raised. The toast is raised by the host saying ‚kippis‘ or ‚skol‘. Most of the time people are dressing casual here.

Travel

The national airline of Finland is Finair. Other airlines operating in Finland are Air France, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, American Airline, British Airways, KLM, Swiss airline, Lufthansa, and United airlines. The major airport of Finland is Helsinki airport which is 19km away from the city and it takes about 25 minutes to get to the city from the airport.Taxis and hotel coaches are aviable but Finnair provides buses for the passengers. Other facilities provided at the airport are duty free shops, car hire, bank, hotel reservation service, conference rooms, restaurants, and a multimedia center.


A pier in the habour of Helsinki, Finland

Beside the Helsinki airport there are about 22 other airpots open for international flights. From time to time cheap offers are being announced by the airlines, so checking out for such offers can be a great help.

If traveling by the sea, ferry services are provided and the major ports are Naantali, Vaasa and Turku. These ferries connect to Rostock, Kapellskär, Grisslehamn, and Travemünde. Some of the cruises offer small cabins along with the provision of meals if staying aboard overnight.

Also trains from St. Petersburg and Moscow can be boarded and there are also Car-carrier trains operating in Finland. Traveling by rail proves to be inexpensive and efficient and also great options for enjoying sight seeing. Avail the unlimited train travel offer of Inter-Rail pass or Eurailpass. There are offers for elderly people and children you should check out before booking.


Sunset in Oulu, Finland

There are chances of running into an elk or reindeer when traveling by road. In such cases, police should be reported immediately. The laws about seat belt and drinking should be strictly followed also avoid blowing horn for small reason. If taking a caravan along, extra precautions must be taken. One must always carry a national or international driving licence along while going by car. Taxis can be hired infront of the airports and railway stations but tipping is considered offensive here. For hiring cars check out an car-rental agent in Helsinki.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco or 100 cigarillos
2. 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette
3. 2litre of alcoholic beverages of less than 22 per cent by volume or 1litre of alcoholic beverages of more than 22 per cent by volume, 2litre of sparkling wine and 16litre of beer
4. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract and essence and 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract or essence

Tobacco and alcohol can be carried by people over 18 years of age. Items prohibited are agricultural and food items. Certain medicines require a doctor’s prescription for verification. Firearms and sharp objects are also strictly prohibited.