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<p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="helsinki, finland" alt="helsinki, finland" /></p> <p><strong>Capital:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/helsinki">Helsinki</a></p> <p><strong>Currency:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/the-euro">Euro</a></p> <p><strong>Language:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/scandinavian-language-basics">Finnish, Swedish</a>, English</p> <p><strong>Visas:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/visas-travelling-to-europe">Travel Visa Information</a></p> <p><a href="/search?scope=tours&amp;terms=finland"><strong>Contiki Tours that travel to Finland &gt;</strong></a></p> <p>Roughly one third of Finland is within the Arctic Circle and in the far north, the sun does not rise for months at a time during winter. Conversely in this &#8216;Land of the Midnight Sun&#8217;, the sun doesn&#8217;t not set for 70 consecutive days in the peak of summer. For this reason, most people live in the south.</p> <h2>Manners and Customs</h2> <ul> <li>Restaurants add a 14% service charge during weekdays and 15% on Sundays and holidays.</li> <li>There is no real word in Finnish that translates to &#8216;Please&#8217; so there is no real way to be polite when asking for something in the local language.</li> <li>Unlike their surrounding Scandinavian counterparts, the Finns have no monarchy and are very proud of their democracy.</li> </ul> <h2>Food and Drink</h2> <p>Crayfish and smoked reindeer are popular Finnish specialties.</p> <h2>Places Contiki Visits in Finland</h2> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/helsinki">Helsinki</a></li> </ul>