Visa and entry requirements Finland:
Passport not required
No visa is required

Information from the Foreign Office about your trip to Finland:

Finland, the land of a thousand lakes, more precisely about 188,000 lakes. Located in Scandinavia in Northern Europe, Finland is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe with around 5.5 million inhabitants. The parliamentary republic is a member of the European Union and the euro is used there as a means of payment. Finland borders Sweden and the Baltic Sea to the west, Norway to the north and Russia to the east. The two main colors in Finland are green and blue. In addition to the many lakes and surrounding bodies of water, almost 85% of the country's territory consists of forests, making Finland the most forested country in Europe. Due to the huge forest areas, brown bears, moose and reindeer, among others, feel very comfortable there.

Tourism is particularly important in Finland. Tourists now book almost 22 million overnight stays a year, 7 million of which are foreigners. Most guests come in the winter months and visit one of the 13 winter sports centers such as Ruka or Levi. The country's largest cities include Tampere, Turku, Espoo, Vantaa, Lahti, Kuopio, Oulu and of course Helsinki.

The most important festival in the country is the Midsummer Festival and takes place annually from the 20th to the 26th. June, when there is little or no darkness in Finland.

The country's capital is Helsinki with around 650,000 inhabitants. This makes the city by far the largest in the country, with a metropolitan area of around 1.5 million people. The capital Helsinki is home to the Parliament, the State Council, all ministries and the President.

Helsinki Cathedral is the city's most visible landmark with its snow-white color. Other attractions include the Presidential Palace, National Library, National Museum, Finlandia Hall, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, Esplanadi Park, Hakaniemi Market, Old Market Hall, Senate Square, Kauppatori, Sibelius Monument, Havis Amanda, the Skywheel Helsinki, The Three Smiths, Talvipuutarha, the Helsinki University Library, Rautatientori, the West Harbor, the Helsinki Ice Park, Kolmen Sepan Aukio, Saatytalo, the Malminkartano Hill, Torikortteli, the Mannerheiminaukio Square, the JV Snellmann Staue, the Elias Lonnrot Monument, Suomen Pankki, Engelinaukio and Ritarihuone.

Helsinki is a very pleasant city for tourists with relatively little crime. Various boat tours to the neighboring islands or a walk along the harbor with the many restaurants and snack bars are particularly popular.

In June 2012 I traveled to the Finnish capital Helsinki for two days. My flight from Berlin to Helsinki was actually supposed to be one of the first from the new Berlin airport BER. Back then, I had specially booked this flight with Air Berlin so that I was supposed to catch the 20th flight departing from BER at seven o'clock in the morning. But as I am revising this travel report today in 2019, the now famous new Berlin airport is still not open and the formerly major airline Air Berlin is already bankrupt.

Even though it was still relatively cold in the city of Helsinki in June, I still had a very nice stay. After a bus ride to the capital's most important attractions in the morning, I explored the center and the port areas on foot in the afternoon. I will always have fond memories of the many small markets with local fish specialties.

The next day I took the ferry to Tallinn in Estonia.