Discover Helsinki in its full glory and grandeur. From the magnificent art and architecture to the coast and islands of Helsinki, everything will leave you astounded. However, Helsinki is not only about jagged coasts and jutting islands; the nightlife, culinary culture, people, and literature are also great delights to discover. Finnish people are warm and open-minded and enjoy a good sense of humor. Some of the most popular party areas fall under central Helsinki and districts of Kallio, Vallila, Suvilahti, and Kalasatama. Food is a very prominent part of the Finnish culture. You can enjoy good food festivals and drool over food trucks. Enjoy your wanderlust in Helsinki.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Helsinki
Shopping areas in Helsinki
For shopping buffs, Helsinki is a great place to find some exquisite articles and gift items. The City Center area in Helsinki has some great shops. TRE is one such emporium that has artworks, ceramics, furniture, clothes, accessories, and much more. Lokal is another store that sells unique artwork in the gallery space along with a wide array of products ranging from art prints to kitchenware. Arabia Center is a popular for its ceramics, with a history dating back to 1873. If you are fond of sweets, then head to the Sweet Story that has a range of licorice candies along with signature treats from Denmark and Lithuania.
Dishes to try in Helsinki
The people of Helsinki are foodies and have an acquired taste in food. They also enjoy unique food festivals like the Streat Helsinki and the National Food Day that is celebrated four times per year. Some of the key dishes include Poronkaristys (reindeer meat served with potatoes and red berries), Cold Smoked Salmon, the Salmiakki (a salty black licorice candy served in different forms), and tippaleivät (May Day Fritter).
While talking to the Finns in Helsinki, make sure you use a few Finnish words, so that you can interact with them in a better way. Some generic terms that will be useful to you on your trip are:
• Thank You:
• What’s your name?
Mikä teidän nimenne on? (formal)
• Where can I find a taxi?
Mistä löydän taksin?
• Sorry/ Excuse me:
Dos and Don’ts
• If you are invited to someone’s home, a bottle of wine or a bunch of flowers would be appreciated.
• The Finns are not used to tipping. So, it’s a good idea to avoid.
• The Finnish people are a bit touchy about neighboring Sweden having produced popular sportspersons, and artists. It would be good to avoid raising these topics in public.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency services/fire/police/ambulance: 112
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Helsinki?
Aeroflot offers cheap air tickets to Helsinki.
• What is the time zone used in Finland?
The time zone of Finland is GMT+2
• What are the most popular airlines flying from Bangkok to Helsinki?
The most popular airline
flying from Bangkok to Helsinki is Lufthansa
• What is the shortest time for a Bangkok to Helsinki flight?
The fastest time to reach Helsinki through a direct flight is 10 hours and 10 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Helsinki?
While in Helsinki, don’t miss visiting the Chapel of Silence and the Lutheran Cathedral; visit the Helsinki Zoo at Korkeasaari island.
• What is the currency of Finland?
The currency of Finland is Euro.
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