Helsinki

Founded in 1550 Helsinki sits in the peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. It is a city where a lot of must-see place can be found and experienced. There, you will get acquainted with the northern architecture, enjoy the green parks and maritime Helsinki.  It's the most visited city in Finland. Helsinki became a capital in the 1812 year and had been rebuilt by Russian Tsars as a miniature likeness of Saint-Petersburg. By the way, during the period of cold war, Helsinki played a role of Saint-Petersburg in a variety of films. The most known places to visit in Helsinki is Ateneum Museum, the home of Finnish Art. Design District of Helsinki, where all creative people gathered together in the heart of the city. Esplanade Park is an ideal place for a promenade. Helsinki Cathedral – most popular tourist sight. Old Market Hall – that serves customers from 1889 and of course SkyWheel Helsinki, from where a scenic panoramic view opens up from a 40-meter high. SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous areas, details on scams and other possible risks, as well as some useful travel advice in order not to let anything spoil such a wonderful journey to the scenic, Nordic country.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : N/A

Helsinki is one of the safest city in Europe with a rating of 86 it is ranked 6th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

More than 5 million tourists come to Finland yearly. Around 3.5 million of them stay in Helsinki. Such a huge flow of tourists makes pickpocketing common. Simple precautions will almost eliminate chances of being robbed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Finland is a place, where you are not likely to be kidnapped or mugged. Anyway, we recommend you not to accept drinks from strangers, although drink-spiking is not common at all.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are no scams on the streets of Helsinki.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Pickpockets operate in a public transport in Helsinki. During winter the road conditions can become more dangerous. Snow tires should be necessarily used.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

All visitors must expect long, cold winters. Proper clothes are essential while your stay in Helsinki.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Though the threat from terrorism is low in Finland. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time. Terrorism is a threat all over the world.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Helsinki is generally very safe for women travelers.

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WHAT TO DO?

Aleksanterinkatu

The main shopping street in the country. It's been named after the Russian Emperor Alexander the Ist. The most fashionable brands can be found on this street. During summer period the risks of pickpocketing are high, we advise follow common sense, watch out for suspicious activity and do not leave your belongings unattended.

Tori Quarters  

It is a fully renovated area of the city in Empire style between the Senate Square and the Market Square. There are numerous authentically restaurants to dine out. Also, the neighborhood is an ideal place for an after dinner stroll. This area is safe both during the da and night. There have been reported cases of pickpocketing, but only at summer time.

Kruununhaka

The oldest neighborhood in Helsinki. It is in the area near the harbor and from there a splendid view opens up on the Gulf of Finland. The area is also known for its vintage shops. The area is very safe, even pickpockets do not operate in its vicinity.

Kluuvi (The center)

It is supposed to be a commercial center of the capital. The Stockmann department store, that is so loved by tourists is located there. SafeAround advises avoiding from visiting at night the proximity of the Central Train Station in Helsinki and the Kaisaniemi Park. These are the only potentially dangerous areas in the whole country. Many pickpockets are around. Watch out for suspicious activity and keep a close eye on your belongings. 

Kallio and Pasila

It is the areas where you can find students, retired people; but also homeless people who are often alcoholics and drug junkies & strange-looking massage. It is known as the dirtiest, and possibly the ugliest of all Helsinki outside the suburbs. Although, they are not seedy or dodgy. As a tourist, you are not likely to turn out there. If you looking for a hotel room in Helsinki, we advise refraining from booking a hotel in these neighborhoods. They are vibrant for nightlife but not so much for family-tourism.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days. If you planning to stay longer you have to obtain a visa. Normally Finland government requires the proof of payment ability in order to be sure that you possess sufficient amount to cover your trip Make sure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from your planned date of return.
SafeAround advises using only trustworthy establishments like banks and currency exchange kiosks in the airport or in the big shopping centers. The official currency of Finland is Euro.
During summer the average temperature in Finland is between 15-20°C. The coldest month in Finland is February, when the temperature fluctuates between -25 to -1°C. In the northeast part of the country the air temperature can drop down to 50°C.
The main airport in Finland is Helsinki Airport in Vantaa. Official website of the busiest airport in Helsinki – https://www.finavia.fi/en/helsinki-airport/timetable-search/departures/ If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page