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Helsinki Travel Tips

Helsinki, the beautiful capital and largest city in Finland. Many people travel to this city for its countless museums, churches and famous cultural events. Helsinki city has a mild continental climate and it enjoys long days during the summer making it a pleasant atmosphere.

Safety

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.

Tipping

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

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.

Smoking

City Transport

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.

When to Travel

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.

Emergency Numbers

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

Important Phrases

HeiHello
TerveHi
Hyvää huomentaGood morning
Hyvää iltaaGood evening
Hyvää yötäGood night
AnteeksiExcuse me
KylläYes
EiNo
Olkaa hyväPlease
ValitanI am sorry
KiitosThank You
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 tavataPleased to meet you