Finland and Helsinki

Finland is situated in northern Europe between the 60th and 70th parallels of latitude. The Baltic Sea surrounds most of its western and southern coast. The population is approximately 5.2 million.

Finland has two official languages: Finnish and Swedish. Most of the Finnish people speak English.

For further information about Finland please visit
This is Finland
Finnish Tourist Board
Climate and Weather in Finland

The Finnish metropolitan area consisting of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa is located on the Gulf of Finland, in Southern coast of Finland. There are about 1 million inhabitants in the area.

For further information about the area please visit
City of Helsinki
Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau
Map of the Helsinki City and the Metropolitan Area
Visit Espoo

Airport transport

The Helsinki city centre is about half an hour ride from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport by bus or taxi.

Bus stops and taxis are situated directly outside the Arrivals Hall. The Finnair airport buses depart for the central railway station at 20 minutes intervals; the fare is EUR 5,90 (rate March 2010 ), payable to the driver. There are cash dispensers and money exchange facilities in the Arrivals Hall of the airport.

The Airport Taxis can be booked at the booths in the Arrivals Hall. Prices vary according to the number of persons and start from 25 euros (1-2 persons). They will take you to any address in the city. A regular taxi ride to the city centre or to Hanasaari costs about 40 euros. Taxi drivers accept major credit cards and do not expect tips.

Please remember to mention Cultural Centre Hanasaari in Espoo to avoid a possible confusion with Hanasaari in Helsinki.

Transfer Helsinki - Hanasaari Cultural Centre (Espoo)

Hanasaari enjoys a frequent and high standard bus service. Hanasaari Cultural Centre is served by all buses operating along the west way from Helsinki (local Espoo bus nos. 102-166). The Espoo buses start from platforms 42-55 in the the bus terminal Kamppi which is centrally located. Further information and the timetables can be found in Helsinki Region Transport’s web site. To reach Helsinki from Hanasaari, take any bus of nos 102-166 passing the Hanasaari bus stop on the Cultural Centre’s side of the highway.

A single fare is EUR 4 and the tickets can be bought from bus driver. The ticket type to be purchased is a regional ticket (=”seutulippu”). The bus stop Hanasaari is about 300 metres from the venue.

Passport and visa

Citizens of the European Union Countries and several other countries do not need a visa for entering Finland.
Detailed information about the passport and visa requirements can be found at website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

For the visa requirement [.pdf] in the Schengen area and the travel documents accepted by Finland.


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Local time

The time in Finland is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). See world times.