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What language is spoken in Finland?

Finland has two official languages; Finnish and Swedish. Both languages are widely spoken throughout the country.

Is English spoken throughout Finland?

English is spoken in Finland, but not as widely as other foreign languages. The younger generation and those involved in tourism are much more likely to speak English. 

What currency is used in Finland?

The Euro is the official currency used in Finland. Major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express are widely accepted in Finland and are actually the preferred method of payment. It is common practice to show ID when paying with a credit card, however, so make sure you come prepared. There are no ATMs in Finland. Instead, there are Otto machines which work in a similar manner to ATMs and are spread throughout the country. Simply insert your card into one of the two slots (one for chip and pin cards and the other for magnetic stripes) and ensure you select being charged in the local currency.

Do I need a visa to travel to Finland?

Citizens of Canada and the United States do not need a visa to travel to Finland for trips less than 90 days in a 180 day period.

When is the best time to travel to Finland?

The best time to travel to Finland depends on what activities you’re interested in. If you’re a winter sport enthusiast, be sure to visit between February and March when there is still plenty of snow but the days are a little longer than in December and January. The best summer months to visit are May and June when the weather is dry and warm, crowds are generally smaller than the rest of the summer months, and tourist sites and transit services are in full operation.

Is there transportation within Finland?

The large train network is the easiest way to get around the major cities, while busses can take you to smaller villages and other rural areas. There are also bus services that run within large cities. Ferries are available to take you around the lakes and islands scattered throughout Finland.

Is Finland a family friendly destination?

Most definitely! Finland is incredibly child friendly. With a number of museums, beaches, zoos, theme parks, castles, great trails for trekking, and slopes for skiing, there are more than enough attractions for the entire family to enjoy.

 


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