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Finland at a Glance

In Finland you can enjoy cool, desolate forests, majestic northern coastlines as well as vibrant southern cities.

Start out in Helsinki who's eye for design, sustainability and modern living have made it a favorite European capital. Helsinki's brightly colored seaside buildings and numerous historic churches and squares make it a fun stop for history buffs. Stop in at a restaurant for some fresh New Nordic cuisine and catch live music at bars and concert spaces throughout the city. Stock up on bright clothes and eccentric home-wares in Helsinki's shopping districts and enjoy laid-back conversations with locals in neighborhood cafes. Spend the long summer nights sipping local brews under the never-setting arctic sun.

Outside city life, Finland is rife with opportunities for recreation and exploration. Travel to the Arctic Circle and watch the northern lights from a hole in the ceiling of your ice hotel. Cross country ski all day in forests and hills filled with animals and birds. In the summer, explore mountains, forests and bogs with the help of the mid-night sun. Buy extra-large fresh produce that has taken advantage of the long summer sun just as you have.

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Popular Places
  • Helsinki Helsinki
  • Tampere Tampere
  • Turku Turku
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Finland if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a Finnish Consulate for more information.  American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Finland has snowy, cold winters without much light. Summers are mild. Be prepared for long, cold winter.

Safety Concerns Finland has fairly low crime rates. Nevertheless, be wary of pickpockets and thieves when in crowded areas. Avoid leaving belongs in your car unattended and keep your passport protected.

Health Concerns Finns enjoy a high quality of life and good health. Safe drinking water and a low rate of illness make Finland easy to visit.

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