Practical A to Z
Practical A to Z
- Eating out
- Embassies and consulates
- Getting around
- Public holidays
The Scandinavians enjoy their food and tend to consume large quantities of alcohol during meals, the times of which vary according to each person’s individual timetable. As a result, the country is well stocked in snack bars and shops selling take-away meals.
The voltage is predominantly 220V and sockets are for circular two-pronged plugs. Take an adaptor.
Embassies and consulates
British Embassy – Itäinen Puistotie 17 - 00140 Helsinki - t 09 2286 5100 - http://ukinfinland.fco.gov.uk/
Irish Embassy – Erottajankatu 7 A - 00130 Helsinki - t 09 646 006 - http://www.embassyofireland.fi/
Ferries are an essential means of transport around Finland’s straits and sounds, seas, coastlines, islands, inland lakes and waterways.
The network is dense and coaches go to the entire country.
The centre and the north of the country are infested with mosquitoes from June to August. Adequate protection includes long-sleeves, trousers, mosquito nets and a repellent.
Emergencies and ambulances - t 112
The currency of Finland is the Euro (€), subdivided into 100 centimes.
Banks are generally open Monday-Friday from 9.15am-4.15pm.
Hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies, department stores and shops accept the main credit cards.
Traveller’s cheques are widely accepted.
Post offices are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
6 January - Epiphany
1 May – Labour Day
Late June – Day before Saint John’s Day
Late June – Saint John’s Day
All Saint’s Day
24 December – Christmas Eve
25 December – Christmas Day
26 December – Boxing Day
Most shops are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or 6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.
Visitors to Finland are spoilt for choice in terms of souvenirs: delicate glassware (Nuutajärvi, Iittala and Riihimäki), ceramics and chinaware (Arabia), jewellery (Lapponia and Kalevala Koru), textiles (Marimekko), “ryijy” carpets, “raanu” wall hangings, fur and leather goods.
To call Finland from abroad
Dial 00 + 358 + area code without the first 0 + number of the person.
To call home from Finland
Dial 00 + country code (UK 44, Ireland 353) + number of the person (without the first 0).
Within the same region – Dial the number of the person.
Another region – Dial the area code + the number of the person.