2019 F.I.C.B. International Wine Tasting and Rating Challenge – Travel tips for Finland and Helsinki

We have compiled a few travel tips for Helsinki in case you have time before or after the event and extension program.


Fast facts:

Area: 338,145 sq km

Currency: euro (€)

Official languages: Finnish, Swedish and Sami

Population: 5,5 million

GDP per capita: 49,845 USD (2018, IMF)

Capital: Helsinki



There is a great selection of good museums in Helsinki. Some to remark include Ateneum for classical art, Amos Rex for contemporary art and Kiasma for contemporary art. More information can be read from here

There is also a good selection of Finnish architecture. Most recent buildings include the new library building Oodi.


Helsinki has a fine selection of great restaurants. The Finnish cuisine can be sampled in many idyllic places throughout the city. Tipping is not customary or mandatory in Finland. All quoted prices include all taxes and service charge.


There is a good selection of cafeterias on Esplanadi avenue. On the market square, in front of the presidential palace, there is a famous tent cafe where even the President of Finland can be seen sipping coffee. For a nice view of the sea, there are several cafeterias by the sea. Regatta resembles a typical Finnish countryside cottage by the sea.


Helsinki offers a good opportunity for shopping Finnish design products. There is a special site for small designer shops and for the Design District Helsinki -area. Larger shopping malls and department stores in the city center are Stockmann, SokosKamppi and Forum. Smaller stores are open normally between 10-18 and larger stores between 9-21.


The taxi system was changed in Finland 1 year ago. The prices must be displayed in the window of a taxi or the price must be displayed when ordering a taxi by an app. International taxi apps Uber, Bolt (Taxify) and Yango work in Helsinki. To order a taxi by phone: Taxi Helsinki is 0100 0700.

Phone and Internet

Finland has an excellent mobile phone coverage with 4G widely available. Also free wifi is available in most public places but you might need to ask for a password.


Finland is extremely safe to travel and walk at any time of the day or night.




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