There are 27 airports in Finland, five of which have regular international flight services. The main gateway is the Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. Helsinki-Vantaa is also the leading airport of Nordic countries with most long-haul flights between Europe and Asia.
The northernmost airport is in Ivalo in Lapland, approximately 155 miles above the Arctic Circle.
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Finland is a good destination to visit throughout the year. Summer is ideal to experience Midnight Sun in the north and very light-filled nights in the southern part of Finland as well. Fall is colorful time to see fall colors and do some serious leaf peeping. Winter is time to see the Northern Lights especially in the northern Finland with all the snow fun. Spring time is beautiful after a dark winter.
Finland is a casual country. It is a good idea to pack a light windbreaker and light sweater especially for the coastal areas even in summertime, and comfortable shoes. Weather changes a lot in Finland so it is wise to wear layers and warm clothing in winter.
Currency in Finland is Euro (€). Currency can be changed in airports and in currency exchanges. Largest currency exchange companies are Forex and Change Group which can be found in the biggest cities.
Another option is to use a debit card. In many cases it gives the best exchange rate.
Finnish and Swedish are the two official languages, 91%, speak Finnish as their first language, while 5.4 % speak Swedish. Sámi is the mother tongue of roughly 1,700 indigenous Sámi people in northern Lapland. English is spoken widely.
In Finland, medical facilities and their staff are as a rule excellent and are widely available for emergency services. English is commonly spoken by Finnish medical personnel. The public hospital system and many private hospitals honor foreign credit cards.
For immediate emergency medical assistant (trauma, life or death cases), you may visit a local medical center or clinic, called “ensiapuasema” (first-aid station). Usually the first-aid station is located at the district hospital, where it is possible to provide a full range of services as needed. Patients should be prepared to present their passports. In case of a medical emergency, use the emergency telephone number 112 (equivalent to “911” in the U.S.) to contact the appropriate emergency service. If your injury or medical need is a minor one, then most private clinics are able to provide you with the assistance you require. Please check with your hotel concierge for locations. Prescriptions are dispensed at pharmacies ("apteekki" in Finnish.) Most pharmacies are open during normal shopping hours but major cities have a 24-hour pharmacy.
Tipping in Finland is entirely optional and almost unheard of outside restaurants and bars. Coat checkers generally have a service fee. Bar patrons may tip the bouncer when leaving for a satisfactory service.
Finland is a large and sparsely populated country, but getting from point A to B is no hassle. Transport networks by air, rail, road and water are comprehensive and reliable. There are 27 airports in Finland, five of which have regular international flight services. The main gateway is the Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. The northernmost airport is in Ivalo in Lapland, approximately 250 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. Finnish trains are spacious, comfortable and clean. The rail network stretches all over the country from Helsinki to Kolari in Lapland. Finland’s coach route network is one of the most comprehensive in Europe covering more than 90 per cent of public roads.Finland has right-handed traffic with a polite and stress-free driving culture. There’s a good network of gas stations close to each other. Rental car companies are located throughout Finland. Several ferry lines operate cruises to the autonomous Finnish islands of Åland and countries by the Baltic Sea: There’s also plenty of charter and sightseeing cruises along local coastlines and inland waterways.
Finland is part of the Schengen member states which have jointly approved which country citizens need visa to entry to these countries. United States citizens do not need visa if staying no more than 90 days.
Four seasons with stark contrasts between them; snowy winters with the Northern Lights and the polar night, warm summers with white nights and the Midnight Sun. July is the warmest month and February the coldest. Finland's weather is not as cold as many think - the Finnish average mean temperatures are higher than that of other regions in the same latitudes due mainly by warm airflows from the Atlantic, and also by the Baltic Sea.