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Coronavirus in Helsinki

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Helsinki

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.

Money in Helsinki

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.22 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.89 £

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.

Language in Helsinki

Language(s): Finnish & Swedish

Food & Drinks in Helsinki

3 National dishes: Karjalanpaisti, Mämmi & Sautéed Reindeer.

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.

Religion in Helsinki

Finland is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 28% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Lutheran National Church 84.2%, Greek Orthodox in Finland 1.1%, other Christian 1.1%, other 0.1%, none 13.5% (2003). Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Helsinki

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.

National Sports in Helsinki

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Pesäpallo is Finland their national sport.

Other practical tips for Helsinki

Timezone: UTC+02:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F

Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 0 and 0.6°C (32 and 33°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.

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