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Travel Info

Travel info


Finland attracted over 5 million tourists in 2005, with most coming from Sweden. The value added by tourism is about 2.4% of the Finnish GDP, and provides around 60,000 jobs.


A valid passport or EU identity card is required to enter Finland. Most Western nationals don't need a tourist visa for stays of less than three months; South Africans need a Schengen visa.

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Major cities

Helsinki,Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Lahti, Kuopio

Top tourist attractions

  • Helsinki
  • Tampere
  • Old Rauma
  • St. Olaf's Castle, Olavinlinna
  • The Island Fortress of Suomenlinna
  • The King's Road
  • Turku
  • The Åland Islands
  • Lapland


Finland is famous for its many lakes, nearly 200,000 of them.


Finland is heavily forested and contains some 56,000 lakes, numerous rivers, and extensive areas of marshland.


Finland is two different places in winter and summer. Summer is fairly reliably dry and hot, although by August things can already begin to get chilly. Of course, winters are cold, but the cold is dry. In most parts snow first falls in October and clears by the end of March, but in Laplands now can fall as early as September and stay until late May.


Standard Rate 23%. Reduced Rates 9%, 13%.

Public holidays

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 6 January - Epiphany
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • 1 May - May Day
  • 24 June - (Friday between 19 June and 25 June) Midsummer Eve
  • 25 June - (Saturday between 20 June and 26 June) Midsummer Day
  • 5 November - (Saturday between 31 October and 6 November) All Saints' Day
  • 6 December - Independence Day
  • 24 December -  Christmas Eve
  • 25 December  - Christmas Day
  • 26 December -  Boxing Day