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Find Finland Travel and Tourist Information with
links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for
visitors to Finland.
Finland, called Suomi in Finnish, is a country with around 60,000
lakes, the largest of which are the Saimaa, Inari, and Paijanne.
About 6,500 islands in
the Baltic Sea also belong to Finland.
Driving From Helsinki, Driving From Vaasa.
Countries neighbouring Finland are: Sweden, Norway and Russia, with Estonia across the Bay of Finland to the south.
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The official languages of Finland are Finnish, a Finno-Ugric
language, and Swedish.
The Swedish speakers are mainly on the Aland Islands and
Rail passenger services provide timetables and ticket prices for those wishing to see
Finland by train.
The Ring Rail Line links long-distance rail travel
with air travel, and provides a smooth connection to Helsinki-Vantaa
Airport from all parts of Finland.
The journey is made easier with simple train
connections at Tikkurila and Pasila.
Air travel and transport information from the number one carrier to and from Finland.
Kajaani, the regional centre of Kainuu, lies between
the two significant tourist resorts of Vuokatti and Lake Oulujarvi.
Many visitors to Kajaani arrive by plane or train
and then continue on to other tourist resorts in Kainuu region; in the
middle of Finland.
Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm,
Kajaan Info is located at Pohjolankatu 13 to serve customers with local tourist
Tourism in Finland
The Land of the Midnight Sun - or long dark nights - depending on the time of year that you
Produced by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and published by the Finland
Promotion Board, This is Finland was originally established in 1995 as Virtual Finland.
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Daily news, arts and sport from the Finland Ministry for Foreign
The capital of Finland since 1812 is also known as Helsingfors, in
Helsinki was founded in 1550 by Gustav I Vasa, king of Sweden, on a
site some distance inland from its present location, to which it was moved in 1640.
Helsinki was made the administrative capital of the Grand Duchy of
Finland in 1812; then a part of the Russian Empire. The city became the capital of the
Finnish Republic in 1917.
Helsinki has spacious streets and many gardens and parks. It is a
pleasant city on a small peninsula extending into the Gulf of Finland, and was the site of
the Summer Olympics in 1952.
The entrance to Helsinki harbour has been protected by the
fortifications of Suomenlinna; on seven of the islands off the peninsula.
The port is icebound from January to May, except for one channel kept
clear by an ice-breaker.
Turku is a port at the mouth of the
Aurajoki River; in south-west Finland.
Turku was founded in 1157 by Eric IX; king of Sweden
from 1150 to1160.
European art, science, religious and political
movements have found their way to Finland through Turku since the 13th
The City of Turku
has always had a special role among Finnish cities. It was the capital of Finland until 1812, when the seat of government
was moved to Helsinki.
The Kings Road
Nothing to do with London, this is the road that Swedish Kings and
Russian Czars travelled on - between St. Petersburg and Stockholm.
Visitors to Turku can obtain
local tourist information at Aurakatu 2, in the centre of Turku.
100 kilometres north of Finland's capital, Helsinki, the city of
Lahti is the gateway to the Finnish lake district.
A town at the southern end of Vesijarvi Lake, in southern Finland.
Lahti is famous for its winter sports facilities and annual ski events.
The nearby lake port of Vesijarvi, is the place to go for summer boat
connections on Lake Paijanne.
Oulu was founded by the Swedes
in 1375, as a fortress against the Russians.
Well known for its excellent network of cycle ways,
Oulu is located
on the northern part of the Baltic Sea (the Bay of Bothnia in the
Oulunjoki river delta).
Combining northern hospitality, nature and culture
with modern technology,
Visitors to Oulu will find a welcoming gateway to urban culture and
the unique nature of the North.
Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland
city in Scandinavia.
Also known as Tammerfors in Swedish, Tampere was founded in 1779.
The city is in south-west Finland, on the rapids that connect Lakes Nasi and Pyha.
Besides the rich industrial heritage, there is a lot to see in
Tampere: dozens of other museums, galleries and exhibitions, original Finnish
architecture, breathtaking lake scenery, magnificent glacial ridges, beautiful parks and
lush forests close to the city centre.
The Tampere Tourist Information can be found in the railway station, at Rautatienkatu 25.
Most of Lapland is north of the Arctic Circle, and extends across
the northern parts of Norway, Sweden,
Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.
The highest point is Mount Kebnekaise (2,111 m), in Swedish Lapland.
The climate is arctic and vegetation is sparse, except in the densely
forested southern portion.
Steamers operate on some of the lakes, and a few ports are ice-free
throughout the year.
Most inhabitants of Lapland are Sami (Lapps or Laplanders), who speak
a Finno-Ugric language also known as Sami.
The Sami live mostly in Norway, where they
are called Finns and herd reindeer for food and clothing.
Rovaniemi, up in the arctic circle, is the capital of Lapland.
The Aland Islands (situated in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland) form an autonomous, demilitarised,
Swedish-speaking province of Finland.
Of the 6,500 islands only 65 are inhabited, with over 90% of the population living on the
Main Island (Fasta Aland).
Aland's official website is administered by the
Government of Aland.
Mariehamn is a carefree summer town with two large marinas and many
hotels and restaurants, most within walking distance. It is also the seat of the highest
administration of autonomous Aland.
Aland's leading hotel is situated right in the heart of Mariehamn with a beautiful sea view
from the rooms, the conference area and the restaurant.
Getting to Aland
You can fly to the islands from Helsinki or Stockholm and there are
several boat connections from both Sweden and Finland.
ferries passengers from Grisslehamn (2 hrs by bus from Stockholm) to Eckero (45 minutes
by bus from Mariehamn) in only two hours; all year round.
Silja Line sails Turku-Aland-Stockholm, Helsinki-Aland-Stockholm, Helsinki-Tallinn-Rostock and
Viking Line sail to the Aland Islands
from Turku on the Finnish
mainland; or from Kapellskar and Stockholm, in Sweden.
Whether its a mini-vacation for two or a conference for 200, the
people at Aland's Turist and Konferens will help plan your Alandic visit the way you
The museums in Aland have many interesting stories to tell. The exhibitions have
everything from hunting, fishing and the dramatic postal route across the sea, to
archipelago culture, fire trucks and art history.
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