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A Nordic country of 5.4 million inhabitants, situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe.

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How does using the sauna in the Finnair business class lounge in Helsinki work?

If you're lucky enough to have access to the Finnair business class lounge in Helsinki airport, on the non-Schengen side, then the lounge information has this gem in it: Private shower suites and a ...
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How can I get to Iceland on a cargo ship?

Planning a low budget and environment friendly trip to Iceland from Helsinki, Finland next summer for me and my friend. Haven't been able to find relevant information on possibility for cargo travel (...
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How to reach Treriksröset?

Treriksröset is a point which borders Norway, Sweden and Finland. Now the question is, how to get there? Take a look at this map: The closest route is the E8, but it takes 5 hours to go by foot or ...
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Citizen of Moldova travelling to Finland as an interpreter on a short business trip (7 days) - visa exemption

I am a citizen of Moldova and I plan to travel to Finland from Turkey, where I currently reside, as an interpreter for two people on a business trip. I am a freelance interpreter, so I am not a ...
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How to get from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport into Helsinki city centre?

How to get from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport into Helsinki city centre quickly and without paying too much for it? Bonus question: how about if the flight arrives in the wee hours (say, at 03:00 am)?
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Are foreign drivers liable to pay fines proportional to their income when committing driving-related violations in Finland?

In Finland, there is a peculiar system (päiväsakko/dagsböter/day-fines) where drivers who commit violations on the road (such as speeding) are punished with a fine proportional to their income. Does ...
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Did Finland's border authorities make a mistake?

I live in Denmark, my friend comes from Korea. Last year on December 21st, she (Korea) travelled here with a transfer in Helsinki airport. She's staying here until January 21st (31 days). Now, last ...
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Is it necessary to rent a car in Lapland?

I'm planning a trip for mid-February to fly into Helsinki-Vantaa, then catching the Santa Claus Express Night Train to Rovaniemi (Lapland). Staying in Lapland to see the Northern Lights for a week, ...
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Feeling the spirit of Helsinki, where?

When I visit a city, besides visiting the main tourist attractions, I usually like to see some places that can make me feel the true spirit of the place I'm visiting. As an example, if you visit Pisa ...
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Can I take trains in Finland even if it shows sold out?

I'll travel in Finland using my Interrail card but when I check the trains schedule I find all sold out! What should I do? Can I go and take the train anyway?
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Can I follow where the ferry between Vaasa and Uumaja (Vasa and Umeå) is?

The ferry from Vaasa to Uumaja has turned back due to bad weather. Is there a way of following where it is, expected arrival time and other such information?
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Which Cities In Finland (if any) Have a Medieval Architecture?

When I visited Helsinki, it was arguably the most avant-garde capital in Europe. That's because it had been founded in the late Middle Ages, and apparently had been partially rebuilt even later (after ...
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Are there any passenger trains from Sweden to Finland?

I know about buses and ferries, Rail transport in Finland page does not say if they are passenger trains VR page shows only trains to Russia.
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Mixed-gender naked swimming pools in Finland

I've just read about Yrjonkatu, which is a Finnish swimming pool where nudism is allowed, but only on separate days for men and women. Are there any pools in Finland that allow mixed-gender nude ...
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What travel document should a dual national register when booking the Helsinki-St Petersburg train?

Someone I know is a Swedish-South African citizen, and has a Swedish ID card and a South African passport. He's going on the Allegro train Helsinki-St Petersburg (and back), and his documents, ...
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Is it possible to camp in a tent in Finland

In the beginning of October I want to make a little bicycle trip in Finland. Is it possible to stay with a tent in Finland? Or maybe available some areas where you can make a camp for free?
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Almost 24 hour over night layover in Helsinki

I am traveling from Beijng to New York and an airline which I am choosing has a layover of 23.5 hours at Helsinki airport. I'm a Chinese and don't have Finland visa. If I don't want to sleep on the ...
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Do I need a passport travelling within Schengen through Kyiv?

I am a Finnish citizen. I'm used to travelling only within the Schengen Area and/or EU, and I'm able to do it with my Finnish National ID card. I haven't even bothered to get an expensive passport, as ...
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How many hours should I consider allowing to visit Suomenlinna and Seurasaari islands?

I'm planning a trip to Helsinki (a quick trip indeed, just one day and a half) and I don't want to miss some spots like the Suomenlinna island (the only UNESCO site in the zone) and the Seurasaari ...
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How prevalent is Swedish in the Swedish speaking parts of Finland

What is the day to day language in a place like Turku/Åbo where the official language is Swedish? When I visit there as a tourist (so in shops restaurants etc.) should I expect almost everybody to be ...
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K-18 tickets in Finland

What is the difference between K-18 ticket and regular ticket for an event (concert)?. It has probably something to do with adult/not adult distinction.
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Is my Finnish Schengen residence permit (issued for work) still valid if I'm no longer employed?

I have a residence permit (Finland), the valid days as per permit card is until June 30, 2016. I de-registered my SSN and moved out of Finland on October, 2015. Now I would like to travel to Germany, ...
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Is there a real location that resembles Moominvalley? [see pictures]

I do hope this question belongs here... I want to know if there is a specific place that bears the most resemblance to Moominvalley, which is a fictional valley where Tove Jansson's books about the ...
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Can I leave the Helsinki airport on a layover, as an American

I have a 24 hr layover in Helsinki. I am traveling in a US passport. Can I leave the airport, check into a hotel, and take a bus into the city?
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When traveling by train in Finland what can I expect from these options?

I am in the process of booking some train tickets for my trip in Finland. Apart from technical problems in selecting the specific seat, I have a few questions about the available options, since I am ...
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Travelling from Portugal to Finland - is it recommended to get a passport?

This summer I will be travelling to Helsinki (and staying there for about a week). While both countries belong to the EU, and so I am not obliged to get a passport, I know that not having one can make ...
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Vegetarian budget options in Finland

I am new here and I have some specific questions regarding an upcoming business travel to Finland. I hail from India and would be put up at Helsinki centre for 4 weeks till mid of April. After ...
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Travel to Germany with a Finnish residence permit (Type B Student)

Can I travel with a Finnish residence permit (Type B Student) to Germany before entering Finland for the first time? I am from Iran and I want to visit my uncle for 10 days.
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How serious is an expired passport? [closed]

I am in Europe, my passport is expired about 3 months ago, but i am tied up here due to active court case for my visa. I can't renew my passport because there is no embassy here for my country. I can'...
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Would a Finland prepaid SIM work in other Scandinavian countries?

I read from Need fast mobile internet while in Finland for 1 month that there are prepaid Finnish SIMs with data. I'm planning to go to Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Could someone ...
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Temporary exhibitions in Helsinki before christmas

We will spend a day in Helsinki in the beginning of December. (As we do most years cruising from Stockholm.) What temporary exhibitions are available in Helsinki's museum or elsewhere at that time?
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Can I board Finnish Railways Intercity train from an intermediate station?

Bought a ticket from Helsinki -> Turku 2nd class, Intercity train (IC). I would like to board it at the first stop (Pasila, ~5 mins from Helsinki) instead of Helsinki and still use the same ticket. ...
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Beaches accessible from central Porvoo

I'm visiting Porvoo (known for its historic centre) tomorrow. It's going to be quite hot (for Finland anyway) at 26°C, so, besides sightseeing, chilling at a beach and maybe even dipping in the ...
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Travel from the UK to Finland with a Spanish Schengen visa

I have a Spanish Schengen visa. I am now In Spain and I will go soon to the UK, and then I'm planning to go to Finland, Does a multiple entry visa allow me to go from the UK to Finland rather than ...
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Schengen visa waiver for US citizens after residence permit expires?

I'm a US citizen working in Finland. I'm waiting for my residence permit renewal to be processed, which takes quite a long time. (Recently, it seems that the turnaround time is over 120 days. I don'...
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How to get to Munich from Helsinki?

I am about to book a cruise that finishes in Helsinki at 11:30 am. My flight back to Munich will depart at 4:20 pm on the same day. Since cruise ships can hardly get stuck in traffic and the bus ride ...
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Late night buses from Helsinki airport to Turku in December?

I'm traveling in December. I arrive at Helsinki airport (HEL) at 9pm and would like to get to Turku as soon as possible. What is the latest night bus available? Alternatively, how early can I take ...
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How do I book a family carriage on VR Finnish trains from Helsinki to Turku?

I couldn't find my way around their website I am not even sure if this a coach you can book exclusively for your family or it's a play area on the train but it's a great way to travel with children, ...
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Arriving in a transit airport in Schengen area the night before the effective Visa date

I'll be travelling in Finland this summer, and today I've retrieved my passport back from VAC. The problem I have is that I applied for an effective starting date of June 16th for Finland, but I will ...
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Can the aurora and snow be seen at Rovaniemi in October?

If I go to Rovaniemi in October to visit the Santa Claus Village, is this a time when it is common to see the Aurora Borealis and maybe some snow?
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How can I find out what is the cheapest taxi from Helsinki airport?

In summer 2018, Finland liberalized taxi pricing, meaning companies can now charge different rates. This extends to being able to offer flat fares in addition to the usual starting fee plus per-km ...
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Need fast mobile internet while in Finland for 1 month

I need a data plan while in Finland for a month later this year. I'm going to ask for loaner cell phone and laptop from my work. I was thinking of asking for a GSM iPhone and Mac Book Pro. Then ...
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Are the Finnish and Udmurt languages mutually intelligible?

As I know there is the one common language group, Finno-Ugrian, but I'm not sure if that means it is possible to go to Finland and speak to Finnish speakers with my Udmurt language knowledge.
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Can I use a Schengen visa issued by Finland to visit non-schengen EU countries?

I got a multiple visit visa from Finnish Embassy to visit a friend, a citizen in Finland. He suggested taking a trip to Croatia; this will affect my itinerary so that less than half of my stay will be ...
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Is it possible to get legalization of Pakistani documents for Finland visa process?

If you are travelling to Finland on work/residence visa with you family as Pakistani, the marriage certificate, and child birth certificates requires legalization from Finland Embassy. Finland do not ...
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Which currencies does Wizz Air use in-flight?

Wizz Air is an Hungarian flight operator and I'll be flying with them from Finland to the United Kingdom. If I'd like to pay with cash for in-flight services which currency should I bring?
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Why are there so many pots with daffodils in Finland in April?

I just visited Finland (specifically Helsinki and Porvoo) and a lot of shops and houses have daffodils near their doors (or gates). Is there any significance to this? For future readers, it's ...
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What type of car do I need for a trip in Finland?

I'm currently planning a trip to Finland for one week, and think we will go to the following places: Arrive in Helsinki Step to Tampere Step to Jyväskylä Step to Kuopio Step to Savonlinna Step to ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in UK, France, and Finland

I want to buy a SIM card with prepaid data plan in UK. I will travel around France and Finland. I'm staying for less than a month, and I expect to use <250 MB. It seems that most plans don't allow ...
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Is it possible to reach Inari from Ivalo with public transport?

This is part of a series of question on public transport in Finland. It has been suggested by a mod that I ask separate questions for each location I intend to visit. I intend to see the Midnight Sun,...