Some country specific information, s'il vous plaît! Items are listed in alphabetical order.
Drinking alcohol in public is prohibited under the Public Order Act. Consumption of alcohol is allowed in parks and such as long as it does not cause any public disturbance. Mild alcohol (under 4,7 vol.) can be obtained from supermarkets, kiosks and gas stations. Alcohol of stronger volume can be obtained through state-owned ALKO stores, which are usually open from 9 am to 6 pm. More information on ALKO's locations and exact opening times can be found here. The sale of alcohol is prohibited to persons under 18 years of age. Alcohol above 22% vol. is sold to persons of 20 years of age.
The network of some 1700 "OTTO" ATMs covers most of Finland. When visiting remote locations, be prepared to carry some cash with you.
Most international credit cards are accepted at most locations. Cheques are rarely accepted.
Although the movement of people and goods are not heavily regulated within the EU countries, there might be some restrictions when importing dangerous goods and equipment. Please refer to information about EU customs.
Before you pack your gear, make sure to ask some of the local equipment renters what can be leased on location.
The country code when calling to a Finnish number is +358. The main cellular phone carriers are Sonera, Saunalahti and DNA. In the rural regions, cellular phone coverage varies according to the location. A detailed coverage (in Finnish) of each operator's cellular coverage can be obtained by clicking each operator above.
Finland is a member of the European Union and uses Euro as its currency. Here's a currency converter, in case you need one.
Tap water is drinkable everywhere in Finland. Also bottled water is available in grocery stores. Lapland's drinking water is renowned for its purity as it usually originates from natural springs.
There are a number of public holidays in Finland when most of the businesses are closed.
Note also that on Sundays, most businesses are also closed but grocery stores and kiosks remain open.
Holidays in Finland 2012
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 6 Epiphany
April 6 Good Friday
April 8-9 Easter
May 1 May Day
May 13 Mothers' Day
May 17 Ascension Day
May 27 Whitsunday
Jun 23 Midsummer Day
Nov 5 All Saints Day
Nov 11 Fathers' Day
Dec 6 Independence Day
Dec 24-25 Christmas Eve & Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day
Smoking is prohibited in all public indoor spaces. The sale of cigarrettes and other tobacco products is prohibited to persons under 18 years of age.