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Finland uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Finnish and Swedish
Finland uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are common in Finland. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Finland is on average 16.6 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Finland is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €16.82, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: DNA, Elisa or Telia. Finland uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Finland upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Finland, dial +, then 358 (the country code for Finland), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Finland, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 13 .
In Finland you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Road assistance is available at 0100 2400 (Falck). For general news on Finland's traffic use Finnish Transport Agency. Most popular petrol stations in Finland are Neste Oil, St1, ABC, Shell, Teboil, Neste, ABC Chain and SEO. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called lyijytön bensiini or Lyijytön bensiini (95/98). Petrol costs about €1.43 per liter.Diesel option is called Diesel.
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited import list.
There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
Protected species and products protected under CITES. A permit is required for export.
Cultural goods may require an export licence from theNational Board of Antiquities.
Tobacco:250g of smoking tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Alcohol:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Currency:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Medicines for personal use, up to three months' worth.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air or sea.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €300 when travelling by land.
Dangerous objects such as brass knuckles, throwing stars, weapons disguised as other objects, and electric batons.
Counterfeit and pirated products.
Firearms and ammunition require a permit from theFinnish Police.
Medications classed as narcotics are subject to certain restrictions. For further information, please visit Finnish CustomsMedicines.
Animals are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport. For further information, please visit theFinnish Food Safety Authority.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visit the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).
Certain plants, fruit and vegetables from non-EU countries require a phytosanitary certificate, and inspection on arrival in Finland. For further information, please visit theFinnish Environment Institute (SYKE).
Meat and dairy products from outside the EU are generally prohibited except a small amount for personal consumption. For further information, please visit Finnish CustomsFood.
Products of animal origin such as milk powder and baby food can be brought in in baggage as long as they are still packaged and do not require refrigeration.
Up to 20kg per person of fish and fishery products may be brought along from both EU and non-EU countries.
Infant formula, baby food, and food for medical purposes can be brought in in baggage as long as they are still packaged and do not require refrigeration.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is often reported in Europe between April and November. For further information, please visit the CDCTick-borne Encephalitis Advice.