Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Finland. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Information about health care is available (in Helsinki) around the clock by calling Tel: 10 023.

No special health precautions are necessary.

Tap water is safe to drink.

Emergency doctors are available by calling Tel: 112. Most hotels have arrangements for non-emergency medical care for their guests.

There are numerous pharmacies (apteekki) open during normal shopping hours. The University Pharmacy (Yliopiston Apteekki) in the centre of Helsinki is open 24 hours every day.