SAFETY AND SECURITY
Crime is rare but does occur.
Petty crime (such as pickpocketing and bag snatching) occurs, particularly during the April to September tourist season.
Be especially vigilant when using ATMs at Helsinki’s railway station, metro and Esplanade, and on trams.
Ensure that personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents are secure at all times, especially on public transportation.
There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities. In 2017, a terrorist carried out a knife attack in Turku, Finland. Further attacks in Europe are likely
Targets could include:
- government buildings, including schools
- places of worship
- airports and other transportation hubs and networks
- public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.
The Government of Finland maintains a public alert system on terrorism. It communicates changes online and through local media (including social media).
More about the current terrorist threat – Finnish Security intelligence Service
Demonstrations occur and even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)
Driving can be hazardous in winter. Icy road conditions are common and may cause road closures, particularly in northern areas.
Be wary of moose wandering on major highways.
Traffic conditions across the country – Finnish Transport Agency
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
General information about foreign domestic airlines