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Finland - what to expect

Finland officially the Republic of Finland is the happiest country in the World. It is a Scandinavian nation bordering Sweden, Norway, and Russia. The Northern Lights can be seen from the country’s Arctic Lapland province which has the highest tourism consumption of any Finnish region. Along with Norway, and in Scandinavia, you can experience the midnight sun in June and Polar nights in December/January. So, it’s a year-round destination for world travelers.

Helsinki Cathedral, Finland
Helsinki Cathedral
Tram in Helsinki, Finland
Tram in Helsinki

Fast Facts

  • Official Name: Republic of Finland
  • Capital: Helsinki
  • Population: 5052M in 2021
  • Currency: Euro €
  • Official Language: Finnish, Swedish
  • Visa Requirements: It is a part of Schengen and anyone can visit it with a valid Schengen visa.
  • Best Time to Visit: late Spring(April-May) to early Autumn(September-October) is considered as the best time to visit Finland. In winter December/February is considered the best time to visit and see the northern lights.

Top Experiences

  • Visit the Helsinki Cathedral
  • Take a Stroll down to the Senate Square of Helsinki
  • Admire the Kamppi Chapel of Silence to see unique shape objects.
  • Visit the National Museum and feel a vibe from prehistoric to modern life.
  • Spent a little relaxing time in Esplanadi Park.
Sunset in Helsinki, Finland
Sunset in Helsinki


Finland is one of the safest countries in the world and has one of the world’s most effective and trusted police forces. While there are no major safety issues in its capital, however, petty crimes such as pickpocketing do occur in crowded areas and during the summer tourist season. The emergency line in Finland is 112. Most Finnish police speak English.

Budgeting Plan

Transportation – Public transportation in Finland is of good quality and is the recommended method of travel. Passenger trains, intercity buses, and air flights provide regular service over longer distances. Public transportation in urban centers includes buses, subways, trams, suburban trains, and taxis. Taxis are more expensive and rates vary widely depending on the company providing the transportation service. Most residents use public transport in Helsinki, as parking is expensive and can be hard to find. For ticketing and timetable.

The Helsinki region public transport system is made up of many different modes of transport. The system relies on a combination of rail and buses. The rail lines are served by feeder buses. The one-stop trip planner in Helsinki is here.

Accommodation – A hostel dormitory bed starts around €10.

I stayed in The Yard Hostel in Downtown Helsinki. By staying there I can recommend it.

Other sites to plan and choose your accommodation might be, Air BnB, Agoda, or Hostelworld. However, when you’re looking for a hostel, do your research, read reviews to get a feel for the place. and book somewhere that suits you

Food and local Dishes -Despite quite a few odd dishes, there are some things you do need to try

  • Finnish rye bread (Ruisleipä). A circular with a hole in the center.
  • Karjalanpiirakka (Karelian Pie), Karelian pasties are the Finnish equivalent of pizza in Italy. A pastry, filled with mashed potato or rice pudding.
  • Leipäjuusto, Finnish squeaky cheese just heat it in a pan and top it with some sort of stirred cloudberries

Suggested daily budget –  Finland is expensive. However,  for Backpackers, a suggested budget must be around 100€. It includes a bed in a dorm(25~30€), a portion of basic food(30€), and public transport within the city Pass with a couple of site seeing.


  • When paying with a credit card, always choose to pay in local currency.
  • Tipping is not a Finnish custom. Strange!
  • Use tap water. It is perfectly safe and tastes super good!
  • If you want to do some out-of-the-box experience, then Visit the local tourist information office as they will know what is happening in the town right now.
The monument of the winter war Helsinki, Finland
The monument of the winter war


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