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Is it okay to mix in local language when I know it poorly?

It doesn't matter where you go in the world, the locals are pleased when an obvious foreigner makes an effort to be polite in the few words they know. (Even France, these days.) But as soon as it is ...
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Future consequences related to a charge of criminal offence: Drinking and riding bicycle in Germany

Depends on the fine print. German law has something called a Strafbefehl, a non-negotiable, court-approved offer of a plea bargain. One can take it or request a full court case. The Strafbefehl is ...
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Future consequences related to a charge of criminal offence: Drinking and riding bicycle in Germany

Fact 1: You haven’t been convicted. Fact 2: You have been fined. Fact 3: You have committed an offence (that’s what you told us). Fact 4: There is no record in Germany that you were even accused of an ...
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Sleeping on the Sweden-Finland ferry; how rowdy does it get?

I took the Viking Line Gabriella ferry the other way from Stockholm to Helsinki last year. I went on a Tuesday night. Yes, people are having fun, but it didn't disturb my sleep at all and my ordinary ...
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How does using the sauna in the Finnair business class lounge in Helsinki work?

Update December 2018 The Sauna is currently closed, as part of the wider Finnair non-Schengen lounge refurbishment. Lounge staff tell me it'll re-open lovely and refreshed in the spring There really ...
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Which currencies does Wizz Air use in-flight?

According to Wizz Air's Onboard Services: We accept cash payments in different currencies. Euros British Pounds (notes only) Hungarian Forint on Hungarian flights Zloty on Polish flights All prices ...
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How to reach Treriksröset?

Treriksröset is not reachable by road. You can get there on foot or ski (perhaps kayak too but there may be some rapids to navigate upstream). Mountain-bike may work (I'm not sure). From your ...
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Citizen of Moldova travelling to Finland as an interpreter on a short business trip (7 days) - visa exemption

You should be fine. If you're asked, you should mention that you're working as an interpreter and that's the reason for your stay. There shouldn't be any issues since interpreters are free to work ...
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Can I follow where the ferry between Vaasa and Uumaja (Vasa and Umeå) is?

You can follow many vessels worldwide through vessel finder websites, such as vesselfinder.com or marinetraffic.com. The websites are free for basic use, not unlike airline tracking websites. This ...
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How common is complimentary drinking water upon request in restaurants in Europe?

It varies a lot, there really isn't any common customs in Europe in that respect so creating a list might be the best way to answer the question. Complimentary water is definitely not limited to ...
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Can I take trains in Finland even if it shows sold out?

This heavily depends on the type of train you are planning to use. In general there are 5 different type of trains you can use with your Interrail/Eurail pass regional trains which are included in a ...
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How common is complimentary drinking water upon request in restaurants in Europe?

In the UK, the Licensing Act requires that: “The responsible person shall ensure that free tap water is provided on request to customers where it is reasonably available.” The obligation only applies ...
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Is it okay to mix in local language when I know it poorly?

Personally I prefer speaking English if my conversational partner isn't reasonably fluent in my other language. "hello", "thank you" & "beer" are always fine as they ...
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How common is complimentary drinking water upon request in restaurants in Europe?

Very uncommon in Germany. In Germany, restaurant meals tend to be cheaper than in other European countries, while drinks tend to be more expensive. Which means restaurants rely on guests' drinks for ...
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Is it necessary to rent a car in Lapland?

Within Rovaniemi itself, the bus network seems to be quite good considering its (small — except by Finnish standards) size. The route to the Arctic Circle where Santa Claus Village is (Napapiiri) is ...
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Sleeping on the Sweden-Finland ferry; how rowdy does it get?

There can be some noise and activity in the public areas of the ferry, like in the bar and restaurant, the sleeping areas are generally quiet and chilled out. Of course, there may be occasional ...
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How prevalent is Swedish in the Swedish speaking parts of Finland

Swedish is an official language along with Finnish at the national level, and in most coastal areas at the local level. Turku is an officially bilingual municipality, with a majority of native Finnish ...
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Sleeping on the Sweden-Finland ferry; how rowdy does it get?

The short answer is not very rowdy, but as a rule of thumb, the more you pay for your cabin, the higher your floor, the older the crowd and the quieter your cabin. At the extreme ends of the spectrum,...
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Bringing an Apple Airpod from Finland to Poland via flight

No, since Finland and Poland are both in the EU single market / customs union and there are no customs duties between members. You can use the blue channel on arriving in Poland, signifying to customs ...
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How common is complimentary drinking water upon request in restaurants in Europe?

Is this a common practice elsewhere in Europe? Yes in France, by law: The law actually requires them to give access to free drinking water (which is tap water) on request.
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Is it okay to mix in local language when I know it poorly?

Usually in countries where knowledge of English is good, and my knowledge of the local language is limited, I generally learn (and use) "hello", "thank you", "goodbye", &...
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Is there a real location that resembles Moominvalley?

According to Wikipedia: It was inspired by Ängsmarn, a family retreat in Sweden, which is also situated on a grassy field facing the sea and surrounded by rocky outcrops. The Finnish page seems to ...
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What travel document should a dual national register when booking the Helsinki-St Petersburg train?

I suggest to use the passport which would be used on arrival, so for a way to Saint Petersburg it will be South-African, and for a way to Helsinki it will be Swedish one. This should work fine, as ...
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Is it safe to go aurora hunting in Rovaniemi by yourself?

As a Finn, I'm mildly amused by this thread. A couple of misconceptions: Aurora are extremely high up: the usual band is 100-600 km, at least 10x higher than a commercial airplane and extending far ...
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Why are there so many pots with daffodils in Finland in April?

Daffodils are in Northern Europe thought to be flowers related to Easter. As Easter is this week, that's probably the reason for the large amount of these flowers. The flower is often called '...
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Can a Finland Schengen visa get rejected if the invitation letter holder is unemployed?

There's no rule saying that people who host international guests in their home need to be employed; it is hard to see how that would factor into the decision process for a visa. Note well that "being ...
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Was I deported from Finland, and how should I answer the related question on a DS160 form?

Your best bet is to send a Subject Access Request to the Finnish border authority, asking for a copy of your record. You are entitled to this information under the General Data Protection Regulation (...
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Sleeping on the Sweden-Finland ferry; how rowdy does it get?

The day of the week has a big impact on the number of passengers. In the weekend there might be more party people cruising. You can ask the ship's staff about the amount of passengers on board. Cruise ...
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What is the quickest way to get from Portugal to Finland by car?

I fear you may be drastically underestimating how long this drive is, so it is possible this QA is not of much help to you. It will take you, at the minimum, five overnight stops in hotels. Normally ...
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