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Finland - Facts for Tourists
Currency: The Euro... 100 cents to the Euro. Bills are 5,10,20,50,100,200. Coins are 1,2,5,10,20,50 cents and 1, 2, Euro. The Euro was introduced in 2002.

Language: Finnish. About 10% of the population speaks Swedish. All signs are in Finnish and Swedish. English is spoken.

Temperature: Average in June-July 58-60 degrees F.

Bank hours: M-F 9:15-4PM

Shop hours: M-F 9-5PM

Things to buy: Glass, ceramics, enamelware, wood, jewelry... beautiful designs.

Food: Fish, crayfish, herring, elk, bear, reindeer. The Scandinavian cold table, which includes hot dishes, is also popular.

Drink: Milk is the national drink, but the Finns are into heavy alcohol... schnapps and beer. Alcohol is sold only from the Alko State Shops, which are closed on Sat/Sun. Restaurants must have a license to serve alcohol.

Tipping: Service charge will be included at restaurants... leave the small change. Taxis are not tipped. Any little extra you leave for service is sincerely appreciated... but not expected.

Seutula Airport: If you arrive by air, this airport is 12 1/2 miles from city center (Helsinki). Taxis are quite expensive. The Air Coach goes from the airport to Hotel Inter-continental, or Bus 615 goes to Railway Square.

Miscellaneous: A 14% tax will be added to anything you buy. Finland and Iceland are the only Scandinavian countries without royalty. Try a Sauna in Finland. Restrooms will not be as clean as in other Scandinavian countries, but are located in all terminals and restaurants.

Departure to Sweden? The best, least expensive, and most interesting, is to travel by ferry. The ferries are really deluxe ships with very nice staterooms and private baths, and several restaurants. It's an overnight journey to Stockholm, with beautiful scenery all the way. The ferry departs about 6 PM. Also ferries to the Baltic Republics.
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