FINLAND TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

If you want to thank the ingenious Finnish for inventing the steam bath, among other great innovations, do so by venturing into their scenic country - Finland. The Finnish is a welcoming, confident and cosmopolitan lot and you should feel right at home in the multi-lingual, multi-cultural aura of this country.

 

Finland contains some of the most densely forested parts of the Scandinavian Peninsula – a land of lakes, woods and astounding Nordic beauty. Come explore this land of stark natural beauty, from the rugged terrain of Lapland to the idyllic landscapes of the Swedish influenced Aland Islands and into the metropolitan city of Helsinki. Finland is truly a land where nature reigns alongside high technology and 21st-century modernity.

 

Finland is a thoroughly modern welfare state with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, but still offers vast areas of unspoiled nature. Finland has approximately 188,000 lakes (about 10% of the country) and a similar number of islands. In the northernmost part of the country, the Northern Lights can be seen in the winter and midnight sun in the summer. Finns also claim the mythical mountain of Korvatunturi as the home of Santa Claus, and burgeoning tourist industry in Lapland caters to Santa fans.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Finland's borders remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals entering the country, with some exemptions.The Finnish Border Guard has is maintaining a list of countries with reduced border controls - travelers arriving from these countries will not need to self-isolate on arrival in Finland.Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom residing in Finland, and their family members may enter the country for some essential reasons.As of 13 July, travel between Finland and countries in the EU/Schengen Zone and the UK as well as Algeria, Australia, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (provided that reciprocity is confirmed in the EU) will be permitted for work and other essential purposes for residents of these countries. Additionally, there is a special exemption allowing a quota of workers employed as berry pickers to travel from Thailand to Finland.Nationals and residents of the above-named countries who are returning to their home countries through Finland may also transit through the country.Travelers arriving from within the EU or a Schengen Member State may enter Finland if they are traveling for work or study in Finland. Healthcare professionals, transport personnel, diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, military personnel, travelers entering for imperative family reasons, and workers who commute to another country daily may also enter the country. More information is available at the Finnish Border Guard website.People arriving in Finland from countries other than those mentioned earlier will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

 

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Capital: Helsinki (moved from Turku in 1812 and Vaasa in 1918)

Currency: euro (€)

Area: 337,030 km²

Population: 5,518 million (2019)

Language: Finnish 90.67% (official), Swedish 5.43% (official), small Sámi- and Russian-speaking minorities

Religion: Evangelical Lutheran 76.4%, Finnish Orthodox 1.1%, other 1.4%, none 21.0%[1]

Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug)

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 6 January, Epiphany
  • 1 May, May Day (Vappul)
  • 2nd Sunday in May, Mother’s Day
  • 23 June, Midsummer’s Eve
  • 24 June, Midsummer’s Day
  • 1 November, All Saints Day
  • 2nd Sunday in November, Father’s Day
  • 6 December, Independence Day

Also, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, and Pentecost.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

The climate of Finland displays features of both maritime and continental climates, depending on the direction of air flow. Potentially Subarctic But Comparatively Mild Because Of Moderating Influence Of The North Atlantic Current, Baltic Sea, And More Than 60,000 Lakes. Winter can be incredibly cold in Finland, but it is also peak season for visitors seeking snow activities and a Northern Lights experience.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Finland can start as early as October and last until May. The busiest period is from mid December through to February.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Finland is from June to September.

BEACH:

Finland has many beautiful beaches and wonderfully long summer daylight hours. The moderate temperatures also mean that you can easily enjoy a whole day in the sun on the beach - just don't be fooled, remember that sunscreen!

WIND:

Finland can have good winds for both windsurfing and kitesurfing from May to October, with the best winds in August & September. In winter, you can also try snow kiting!

SURFING:

The surf season in Finland is anytime from March to November, but don't expect pleasant conditions. Early spring and late autumn bring the best surfing conditions even though they are also the colder months.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Finland are some of the most accepting in the world. Same-sex marriage in Finland and joint adoption by same-sex couples were approved by the Finnish Parliament in 2014, and the law took effect on 1 March 2017. Previously, Finland had allowed registered partnerships since 2002.

 

Finland is often referred to as one of the world's most LGBTQ friendly countries and public acceptance of LGBTQ people and same-sex relationships are high with many Gay Pride Festivals in Finland in the cities of Helsinki, Tampere and Turku amongst others.

 

HEALTH

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