Finland

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

From January the 1st of 2002, the currency in circulation is the euro. There are some notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. The nominal values of the coins are the following: 1 cent (or 1/100 of euro), 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Finland , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks open Monday to Friday from 9.15 to 16.15.



Transportation

Road
The road network covers 76,000 km, of which 44,000 km are tarred. The main roads are in excellent condition and they can be taken all year long with snow tires, which are compulsory from December to February included.



Rail
The Finnish railways cover 6,000 km, a quarter of which being electrified. In Lapland, the network reaches ROVANIEMI and KOLARI, on the Swedish border. Trains are fast and comfortable. There are high-speed trains PENDOLINO S220 connecting HELSINKI with TURKU, able to reach a 200-km/h speed. Daily connections in both ways connect all big cities, with sleepers on long distance trains.

Air
The airline FINNAIR has an outstanding network for domestic connections (21 airports). Cities are connected together with flights which rarely last more than 45 mn. The longest distance, HELSINKI-IVALO, lasts 1 hour and allows to save a considerable amount of time to cover the 1,125 km in between the two cities. It is possible to rent small jets with various companies.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .fi



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Kyllä
No = Ei
Thank you = Kiitos
Hello = Hei
Goodbye= Näkemiin
What's the price? How much does it cost? = Paljonko tämä maksaa?
I would like to buy... = Haluaisin ostaa...
Do you accept credit cards? = Hyväksyttek ö luottokortin?
Where is...? = Missä on...?
Post office = Posti
The bank = Pankki
The police station, the police force = Poliisiasema
The pharmacy = Apteekki
An airport = Lentokenttä
The station = Rautatieasema
One ticket to..., please. = thick-lipped Yksi..., Kiitos
Would you have any available rooms for tonight? = Onko täksi illaksi vielä tilaa?.

 


Languages spoken


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