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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in Finland. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Finland.
Tipping: Not customary and never expected.
Corruption: Finland has a corruption score of 15/100.
If your itinerary runs through Finland, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Finland is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Finland is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.49 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Helsinki is 18.
Off-premise age minimum is 18 for beer and wine/20 for spirits.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
At the age of 16, an individual is considered mature enough in Finland to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Finland since 2017.
Finland scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Finland are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 11.7 and 13.3°C (53 and 56°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 5.86 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Finland.