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This week we visit: Finland
Writing travel safety guides for Scandinavian countries like Finland sometimes seems almost silly considering the fact that they are among the safest countries in the world, much safer than, for instance, United States or Great Britain. Still, there are some things you should be aware of.
For instance, there are some areas in Helsinki, the nation’s capital where petty crimes like pickpocketing are somewhat more common than in the rest of the country. These include the Helsinki airport, the metro and the main railway station, as well as public transportation. Petty crime is more common in the period between April and September when there is an increased influx of tourists into the city.
It is also not unheard of to see and encounter intoxicated people in Finland, especially during the summer and at nighttime. The best thing to do is avoid such individuals altogether. Also, if you see any demonstrations, it is best to walk the other way.
You should also remember that roads can get icy in the winter, which sometimes lasts well into April. This is especially true if you are traveling to northern parts of the country. In addition to this, you should watch out for moose wandering onto roads and even highways.