FINLAND

COUNTRY INFORMATION

FINLAND - COUNTRY INFORMATION

There are currently no special indications. Finland is considered a safe travel destination, but you should still observe the same precautionary rules as when staying in other, highly touristy countries. The latest information on the security situation can always be found on the Federal Foreign Office’s website.

Since Finland is part of the Schengen area, German and Austrian citizens only need a valid identity card or passport to enter Finland. Citizens of other nationalities should contact your Foreign Office or the respective embassy for information about the entry regulations that apply to you.
Current vaccination regulations on Covid 19 can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

Current vaccination regulations on Covid 19 can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office. Preventive health care: Medical care of a high standard is guaranteed throughout the country. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid for citizens of EU and EFTA countries. The treatment takes place on presentation of the EHIC. This regulates the care and reimbursement of costs in the event of illness for EU and EFTA citizens. Since June 1, 2004, the EHIC has been gradually replacing the previous form E 111. Note: The EHIC does not include repatriation after a serious illness or an accident abroad. The statutory health insurance companies are not allowed to offer this service. Return transport is only paid for by private travel insurances. It is therefore recommended to take out health insurance for travel abroad for the duration of your stay, which covers risks that are not covered by the statutory health insurance companies. Outpatient care is provided in the health centers (Terveyskeskus) and polyclinics customary in Finland. In urban and regional hospitals, the treatment costs must first be paid by the patient. However, the invoice can be submitted to your own health insurance company for reimbursement. The telephone numbers of regional emergency services can be obtained from the hotel.
CET + 1. Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October: CET + 2 (summer time in Finland = standard time CET (winter time in Central Europe) + 2 hours). The difference to Central Europe is +1: 00 hours in both summer and winter.
The euro is the official currency in Finland. Credit cards: Access, American Express, Eurocard, MasterCard, Diners Club and Visa are more common than in Central Europe and are accepted in most hotels, car rental stations, department stores, many restaurants and shops. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.
Temperate climate, but strong temperature fluctuations. Warm in summer; mild weather in spring and autumn. Very cold winter (November – mid-March). In the north, snowfall from mid-October to mid-May, during the short arctic summer the sun shines for up to 16 hours a day. Heavy snowfall in winter. July is the warmest month in Helsinki with an average of 21 ° C. In the north there is twilight for two months in winter. In the north of the country, winter clothing is necessary all year round.
For the summer you should definitely pack transitional clothing in addition to lighter clothing. Rainwear is essential. The winters can get very cold – so you should definitely warm woolen clothing, a down-lined coat, and snow-compatible (waterproof), comfortable and above all warm shoes.
The official languages are Finnish (93.4%) and Swedish (5.9%). Minorities speak Russian and Sami (Lappish). English and German are widely spoken.
The mains voltage is 230 volts, alternating current (50 Hertz). It is not necessary to take an adapter with you, but it makes sense as the normal plugs do not always fit.
The area code for long-distance calls from Germany to Finland is 00358, if you want to call from Finland to Germany, you have to dial the area code 0049. There are public phone booths in Finland, most of which work with phone cards. Emergency numbers: You dial the Europe-wide emergency number 112 for the police, emergency services and the fire brigade.
Bank opening times: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4.30 p.m.

Embassy of Finland
with consular department, Berlin
Responsibilities: Federal Republic of Germany
Rauchstrasse, 110787 Berlin
Office hours: Embassy Mon to Fri 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cons. Mon to Fri 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tel: (0 30) 50 50 30
Fax: (0 30) 50 50 33 33
Email: sanomat.ber@formin.fi – Homepage: www.finnland.de
 
Or contact the consulate / embassy in your city / country

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