Useful Information

Visa Information

Finland is a member of the European Union and part of the Schengen area. Citizens of EU countries do not need a visa, but a valid passport is required. Citizens of other countries kindly see www.formin.fi for information about visas for Finland or contact the nearest Finnish Embassy.

Please note that the application time for a visa may be over 3 months. Also please check visa formalities if you plan to visit the Russian Federation during your trip.

Tavicon congress bureau will send the proof of registration as soon as the full registration fee has been recieved. This document will serve as your invitation letter when applying for the visa.

Tavicon congress bureau will also assist applicants if needed in the visa application process. If you know you will need a visa for your entry into Finland, please start the application process in good time. Questions about visas can also be e-mailed to: visas.passports@formin.fi.

Insurance

The registration fee does not include any insurance. We strongly recommend you to have your own travel and medical insurance before travelling.

Time Zone

Time in Finland is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Weather and Clothing

The temperature in Finland in August is around 20 degrees Celsius. For further information about the weather, see en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/weather/Tampere. In summer, casual wear is pretty much the same as in other parts of northern and central Europe, but evenings can be cool, so it’s a good idea to have a sweater and/or jacket and an umbrella at hand.

Languages

Finland is officially bilingual: Finnish is the first language of 92% and Swedish of 5.5% of the population. About 1,700 people in Lapland speak Sami (Lapp) languages. Most Finns speak at least some English. Finnish has a reputation for being a difficult language, with many declensions and long words. You don’t have to learn how to pronounce these words, but to help you get started, here the word for hello: “Hei”. It’s always polite to say “kiitos” for thank you, pronounced “keetos”.

Electricity

220 volts (50HZ), plugs conform to the northern European standard with 2 round pins.

Currency

The currency in Finland is the euro (EUR/€), divided into 100 cents. Please check the current exchange rates. Foreign currency and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged in exchange offices for example at the Helsinki airport, Helsinki railway station as well as in the centre of Tampere.

Credit Cards

American Express, Diner’s Club, Eurocard, Access, Master Card and Visa & Visa Electron are accepted in many hotels, restaurants, larger shops and department stores.

Otto – Getting Cash

Please look for an ”Otto” sign to find an ATM to get cash in euros. There are about 1,500 ”Otto” ATMs all over Finland. ”Otto” ATMs serve you also in English.

Tipping

Restaurant and taxi prices include service charges. Good service may still be rewarded with a tip.