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Destination Information

Finland is Europe’s most sparsely populated country with about 5.5 million inhabitants, more than a fifth of whom live in the Greater Helsinki area. Historically a part of Sweden, and from 1809 an autonomous grand duchy within the Russian Empire, Finland declared its independence in 1917. A country of lakes and islands, it is mostly flat and forested.

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Finland, dial 011 (international access) + 358 (Finland code) + city code and local numbers in listings.


Seven hours ahead of New York (EST).


Finland has a severe winter climate resembling that of Alaska. By contrast, summers can be surprisingly warm. Beyond the Arctic Circle, the long duration of the midsummer sunshine compensates for the northerly latitude. The weather can be changeable in all seasons, so be prepared. 

U.S. Embassy

Helsinki, Tel. 9-616-250. 


Euro (€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00 = US$1.16 as of September 2018.

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit, and for travelers’ health information,