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Experience the Scandinavian wonder of Finland travel. From the capital of Helsinki to the home of Santa Claus, this is our Finland family travel blog

Experience genuine Lapland winter in Inari Finland with incredible things to do in Inari such as reindeer sleigh rides, northern lights, and Lappish cuisine

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Travel to Finland offers a spectacular package steeped with culture, natural beauty, and adventure. Helsinki, in the south of Finland has gorgeous cities that rival the beauty of many European capitals. While the north of Finland is steeped in Lappish culture, Christmas traditions, and unique traditions.

Finland is sandwiched between Sweden on the west and Russia on the west. In the north, it wears Lappish Norway as a hat. Much of the tourism in Finland is focused on its popular northern region such as Rovaniemi. These areas are at, or above the Arctic Circle and experience long winters that include Polar Night and intense summers that feature the Midnight Sun.

Traveling to Finland with kids offers the chance to experience Europe’s only indigenous people, the Sami. And experience one of the most beautiful countries in Scandinavia.

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Tips For Family Travel in Finland

Considering its location amidst countries such as Norway and Sweden, Finland is one of the most budget-friendly countries in Scandinavia. But don’t expect it to be cheap. Finland has a fantastic public transit system. And most regions include attraction cards that will help you save money while traveling in Finland.

Here are a few things to know from our travel Finland Guide to help you get started on your family vacation to Finland. If you’re new to international family travel, I highly recommend checking out our well-researched trip planning resources. It’s full of proven family travel hacks.

  • Currency in Finland
    • Finland uses the European Euro. The average value is approximately $1.14 USD. You can check the current exchange rate here.
  • Capital
    • The Capital of Finland is Helsinki. This city is home to nearly 650,000 people. It is one of the most beautiful cities in northern Europe and has one several design awards for its architecture. Helsinki, Finland is considered to be one of the most “liveable” cities in the world.
  • Electricity
    • Finland uses F type Europlug sockets. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. This socket works with the type C and D sockets found in most of Europe.
  • Cellular Phone Service
    • Cell phone service is readily available in the vast majority of Finland. The main carriers are DNA, Elisa, and Sonera. I have used the Airalo eSim app for all of my international travel.
  • Roads, Driving and Public Transit
    • Roads and highways in Finland are well-maintained. During the winter much of northern Finland requires the use of snow tires due to snow and ice buildup. Storms can cause the closure of certain highways, especially in the north during winter.
  • Finland with Kids
    • We highly recommend family travel in Finland. There are many amazing things to experience. And the people of Finland are very warm and inviting, especially towards children and families.

What Language Is Spoken In Finland?

The main language in Finland is “Suomi”, which is also referred to as “Finnish”. While most people (over 90%) in Finland speak Finnish, about 10% also consider Swedish to be their dominant language.

Like many European countries, many Fins are comfortable speaking multiple languages, and English is spoken throughout the country.

To help your family travels in Finland, here are a few languages that it will help you to know.

Important Finnish Words To Know:

Yes: Joo

No: Ei

Thank You: Kiitos

Thank You Very Much: Kiitos paljon

You’re Welcome: Ole hyvä

Please: Ole kiltti

Excuse Me: Anteeksi

Hello: Hei

Goodbye: Hyvästi

Bathroom: Kylpyhuone

How To Stay Connected And Get Internet And Phone Service In Europe

Most major cities throughout Europe have excellent cellular service. If you have an older phone, I highly recommend purchasing a sim either at the airport or as one of your first stops on your travels.

If you have a newer eSim capable phone, you can save yourself time by purchasing an eSim ahead of time and having it activated before you arrive.

There are many companies that offer this service. I have used Airalo for years. It has been seamless in over ten countries. They have World, Regional, and Country-Specific eSims available. The price goes down the more specific you get. The regional sims allow for easy country-hopping if you are visiting multiple destinations.

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