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Helsinki

History:

"Sweden’s King Gustavus Vasa founded Helsinki on the mouth of Vantaanjoki River in 1550 to compete with Tallinn for Baltic Sea trade."

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History:

"Broadly speaking, Finnish history can be divided into three chapters: The Swedish period prior to 1809, the Russian period from 1809 to 1917, and the independent period from 1917 to the present day."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Finland is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, with only 16 inhabitants per km²."

Customs and Culture:

"When greeting a married couple, the wife should be greeted first."

 

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Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations

Visas: Not required for a US citizen for a stay up to 90 days

What to Pack: "I brought two thin cashmere sweaters which I basically lived in everyday, using them as an under layer on cold days, or on their own on the milder days."

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Water Safety: Water is safe to drink

Currency: Finnish markka Exchange Rate

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