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Safety and Security in Finland

■ Crime

Finland has a low rate of crime and is a relatively safe country. Pickpockets are rare and the global climate in the streets in safe. For instance, Finnish parents will let their sleeping baby outside in the carriage while visiting a shop.

■ Emergency services

In case of emergency you can call 112 which is a dial-free phone number for emergency services or for the police. Don’t worry, Finnish are usually very proficient in English so you shouldn’t have difficulties to find an English speaking staff to assist you.

As for health insurance, temporary residents such as international students are not covered by the national Finnish health insurance policy so you will have to contract an insurance by yourself. Note that, if it is strongly recommended for EU/EEA citizens, it is mandatory for other citizens.

■ Political situation

Finland is a parliamentary representative democratic republic. The President is the head of state, leads the foreign policy, and is the Commander-in-chief of the Defense Forces. The Prime Minister of Finland is the head of government; executive power is exercised by the government.

■ Short trip

Finland is a big country and getting around might be a bit expensive. You can travel by planes, buses, ferries and trains. A convenient website to travel around is the Journey Planner website, which will help you find all the information (timetable, rates…) of trains and buses across the country.
Traveling agencies recommend the following destinations : Aland, Hameenlinna, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Northern Lights, Lake Saimaa, Savonlinna, Lemmenjoki National Park…

■ Mobile phone networks

The main network providers in Finland are: Elisa, Sonera, DNA, Globetel and Cubio.You can buy a prepaid simcard with a starting package from 6,60€. The country is very big but normally you should have good cellphone coverage, but check it before going in the remote countryside for instance.

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