Helsinki is considered a very safe city in Finland. Despite being a capital and a famous tourist destination, crime rate is low and maintains a relatively safe environment. However, it is necessary to keep an eye on your luggage at all times and especially in crowded areas.
During peak seasons, it is advisable to be aware of pickpockets or bag snatchers, usually those who operate on bicycles or motorbikes. Many tourists prefer to walk all round the city at night-time, but still areas like Kaisaniemi Park or railway stations should be avoided.
Normally tipping is not expected in Finland and a service charge is added in hotels and restaurants. Finnish people do tip only if they wish to appreciate good service or delicious food. It is not obligatory to give a tip to the taxi drivers.
Smoking is strictly prohibited at Helsinki Airport, the same as other European airports but still special smoking zones are available near the gates of the airport. There is a new law that forbids smoking in public areas like shops, offices, buses etc.
In Finland, Helsinki is the only city that provides the transport means of trams or subway trains besides buses, rail and ferry lines. Public transportation is operated by Helsinki City Transport (HKL) and the cheapest option to travel around the city is to hop on the regional bus operated by HKL.
There is also one special ticket known as the Helsinki Card that allows unlimited travel on public transport within the limits of the city and a Regional Ticket to travel within boundaries of Helsinki, Kauniainen, Espoo and Vantaa. In addition, it offers free entry to all the major tourist sights, such as Helsinki Zoo and over 50 museums.
The best time to visit Helsinki is definitely during the summer season i.e. from June to September. In the summer season the city has long days with warm and mild conditions, whereas during the winter, daytime is only for 6 hours along with very cold weather. All major festivals and art events are celebrated in August, so this month is the best time to explore the art, culture, and beautiful weather of the city.
Police – 10022
Fire Department, Ambulance – 112
Haartman Hospital – +358 (0)9 310 63231
Mehiläinen Töölö Hospital – +358 (0)10 414 0444
Health Service (24 hrs) – +358 (0)9 10023
|Hyvää huomenta||Good morning|
|Hyvää iltaa||Good evening|
|Hyvää yötä||Good night|
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|Mikä sinun nimesi on?||What is your name?|
|Minun nimeni on ...||My name is...|
|Voitko auttaa minua?||Can you help me?|
|Voitko puhua hitaanmin?||Can you speak more slowly?|
|Puhutteko englantia?||Do you speak English?|
|Puhun vain vähän suomea.||I only speak a little Finnish.|
|Osaako kukaan täällä englantia?||Does anyone here speak English?|
|Mitä kuuluu?||How are you?|
|Miten paljon?||How much?|
|Hyvää, kiitos.||I'm fine, thank you.|
|En ymmärrä.||I don't understand.|
|Hauska tavata.||I am very glad to meet you.|
|Hauska tavata||Pleased to meet you|