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Finland is a safe travel destination – this is why
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Woman sitting on a Pier in Pihlajasaari in Helsinki

Credits:: Mariia Kauppi

Finland is probably the safest country in the world to travel to.

Finns return your lost wallet, suffer from extreme honesty and keep a safe distance.

People eating and celebrating Helsinki Day on the street
Credits: Lauri Rotko

Finns tend to be honest  

When you’re surrounded by Finns, you’re in good hands: Finns are the most honest people in the world, according to the renowned Reader’s Digest’s survey, the wallet test. 

In this test, Reader’s Digest reporters lose wallets in cities around the world and count how many are returned. Finland has won for many years in a row, with 11 wallets out of 12 returned – it’s actually getting a bit boring. Finland places in the top 3 of least corrupt countries in Transparency International’s research. Of course, nowhere is perfect but looking at those numbers it’s safe to say that Finns tend to be honest. 

Things just work

Finns are pragmatic problem-solvers, so most of the time, everything works as planned. Roads are kept in good condition, trains arrive and leave on time, and by and large people follow the rules. Pedestrians might stop at red lights even in the middle of the countryside with only cows in sight. Tap water is not only safe but also tastes good – try a blindfolded test against your favourite bottled water. Things generally just work. 

a woman foraging in a Finnish forest
Credits: : Julia Kivelä / Lakeland Finland
mushrooms and blackcurrants on a wooden table
Credits:: Harri Tarvainen / North Karelia
two people in wheelchairs winding on a forest trail
Credits:: Petri Jauhiainen

Finns master many languages 

Finland has been named the happiest country in the world for four consecutive years. One reason for this is that people tend to do well in social comparison that starts from equal education: everybody has access to good education. This makes traveling in Finland easy, as most of the people speak fluent English and many master Swedish and German as well. 

Finns have space and they give space 

Finns kept their social distance even before the pandemic – you might actually wish they got closer. There is enough space to roam for everyone, as Finland is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the EU.  

Two reindeer in Lapland
Credits: : Harri Tarvainen
Smiling man walking in deep snow
Credits:: Juho Kuva

Finland has top-notch health care

Everyone has access to the same high-quality and egalitarian healthcare services, which are publicly financed. The hospital and specialist services are ranked among the best in the EU. Both doctors and the nursing workforce are highly educated in Finland, so you’re in safe hands. Learn about health and safety tips in Finland.

The ethos of equality runs deep 

Finland is one of the leading countries in the world in fostering equality. Income differences are narrower than the EU average and the risk of marginalisation is lower than in Europe in general. This also supports Finland’s relatively low levels of crime. Finland is one of the leading nations in terms of gender equality in the world, and the first European country to grant women the vote in 1906. This ethos of equality and inclusivity extends to our international guests – we hope you feel welcome. 

People on a busy street during Helsinki Pride week
Credits: Jussi Hellsten