Generally office working
hours are from 8.00am to 5.00pm. Industry working hours can vary. Banks are
generally open from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Christmas Eve and Mid-Summer
Eve are the two most important holidays in Finland, however they are not
official public holidays. In practice they differ only in that shops are
normally open until lunch-time.
The annual vacation period
occurs from late June to beginning of August and should be avoided, as
appointments will be difficult to arrange. This also applies between the Christmas
and New Year period.
January 6 – Epiphany
May 1 – May Day or Vappu
June 1 – Midsummer's Eve or Juhannusaatto (non-official)
November 3 – All Saints Day
December 6 – Independence Day
Finland has warm, but short
summers and cold winters tempered by the Gulf Stream from the west. A third of
Finland lies above the Arctic Circle.
For weather details in Finland, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.
Oanda currency converter
The Euro (€) is the official
Time zones and time differences
Finland is eight hours from March to September and 10 hours from October to February behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
To find out the current time in Helsinki, view the World Clock.
Finland's country code is +358.
For calls to Finland from Australia dial: 0011 + 358 + area code + telephone number.
For calls from Finland to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.
For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.
Electricity and water
Finland's power supply is 240
volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires. The round two-pin plugs are the most
Tap water is safe to drink in
Links and resources
Travel and tourism
Finnish Tourist Board
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