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Republic of Finland > Details

Country Name
Republic of Finland
Geographical Area
303,815 sq km
Population
5,262,930 (Oct 2014 est.)
Capital City
Helsinki
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People   Finn 93.4%, Swede 5.6%, Russian 0.5%, Estonian 0.3%, Roma (Gypsy) 0.1%, Sami 0.1%
Language   Finnish (official) 91.2%, Swedish (official) 5.5%, other (small Sami- and Russian-speaking minorities) 3.3%
Religion   Lutheran Church of Finland 82.5%, Orthodox Church 1.1%, other Christian 1.1%, other 0.1%, none 15.1%
Government   Parliamentary Republic
Head of Government   Prime Minister: Alexander Stubb; President: Sauli Niinisto
Embassy   Itäinen Puistotie 14 B, 00140 Helsinki Finland Tel : +358-9-616-250
Visas   As a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you may enter Finland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
Health Risks   Tick-borne encephalitis can be contracted in wooded areas from spring to autumn.
Clothing Suggestions   SUMMER: June to August – is when the weather is warmest and the days are long and bright. Casual clothing made of lightweight fabrics and good walking shoes are essential. A shawl, sweater and/or jacket is recommended for cooler evening breezes. WINTER: November to March – During winter, an overcoat, hat, gloves and scarf will protect you from much of the wet and wind. For extra measure, waterproof your winter jacket or purchase a garment that is made of watertight fabric. SPRING/FALL: March to June and September to October- The weather in spring and fall can be very varied. Therefore, wearing multiple layers and bringing a coat is recommended. Bring an umbrella and waterproof coat for autumn storms. DINING: Informal attire, except for some selected restaurants, which require a jacket and tie for men.
Time Zone:   Two hours ahead of GMT/UTC; seven hours ahead of U.S. EST.
Banking / Exchange   Banks offer the best rates for performing currency exchanges. Most hotels will exchange money but usually at an unfavorable rate. The easiest and best way to get cash is from an ATM. Bank opening hours vary but are usually from 9:15am to 4:15pm Monday-Friday
Currency   Euro
Electric Current   Metric
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. TRAVELERS CHECKS: Traveler’s checks are widely accepted throughout Finland.
Shopping   General Trade Stores Shopping Hours Mon to Friday: 7/9am –8/9pm Sat: 9am-3/6pm Sun: closed The items most popular to buy are food, hides, skins, leather, undressed and dressed fur, yarns, fabrics, and footwear.
Weights & measures  
How to shop Tax Fee   1. Shop in any of the stores that display a TAX-FREE FOR TOURISTS window sticker and ask for a Tax-Free Shopping Form. With this form you can later claim your VAT (Value Added Tax) Refund. The VAT is included in the selling price. 2. When leaving the country, show the unused goods to customs and get your form stamped. 3. Return your completed, customs stamped form to Global Blue-Finland by mail to receive your refund.
National Airport   Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL)
Major Tourist Attractions   Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Turku, Rauma
Tipping Suggestion   Tipping culture is almost non-existent in Finland, although it has become more common recently. Service charges are included in hotel room rates, restaurant and taxi prices, so tips are not expected, but can be given if you think the service has been especially good.
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