Helsinki: Useful Information

Helsinki Useful Information

- Tipping is not usual, as service charges are always included in restaurants.
- During winter solstice, there are fewer than six hours of daylight
- During the summer, daylight lasts for nearly 19 hours
- There is no Finnish word for ‘please’
- Greeting with kissing or handshakes is not common
- Helsinki City Transport provides free bicycles during the summer months
- The Emergency Services number is 112
- The Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau’s Tourist Information offers free information about the city and its sights, events and services. It is located at Pohjoisesplanadi 19. The attached Tourist Shop provides a booking service.
- Mains water is safe and clean to drink
- The legal drinking age in Helsinki is a strictly enforced 18. However, some pubs and clubs will require you to be over 20 with ID to prove it and some are off limits to those under 24.
- Helsinki is on Eastern European Time, and observes Daylight Saving during the summer.