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Money & costs



Finland is an expensive country, but not quite as much as its reputation would suggest. Summer in particular can offer exceptional value, with hotel prices slashed and seasonal restaurants open. With a bit of planning, you can have a great time here on almost any budget.

A couple using public transport, travelling in summer, staying in good midrange hotels and eating out, will spend €100 to €130 per day per person, a little more if spending a lot of time in Helsinki, which is substantially pricier than the rest of Finland, particularly on the accommodation front. As bus and train travel is expensive, this figure would not be inflated hugely by hiring a car, particularly if you can nab a decent deal over the Internet.

Two people travelling backpacker-style, using hostels and cabins and mostly self-catering could get by comfortably on €50 each per day, less if sleeping in dorms and not taking too many long trips.

A week in Helsinki for a couple spending €250 or more per day each will see a room in one of the best hotels, memorable meals in Finland's best restaurants, and few expenses spared.

There are numerous ways to reduce the amount you spend on holiday in Finland. Nearly all hotels and hostels will put extra beds in a room for little extra charge - great value for families and groups. There's a discount on buses for groups of four or more booking tickets together, and most attractions offer a good-value family ticket. Camp sites nearly always have some sort of cabin accommodation sleeping four or more. These range from simple huts with bunks to luxurious wooden houses, and are always excellent value.

It's much cheaper to eat in restaurants at lunchtime, when there are daily specials and often a groaning buffet table.

Students with valid ID and seniors can receive substantial discounts on museum admission prices, as well as on transportation.

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Finland uses the euro. Euro notes come in five, 10, 20, 100, 200 and 500 denominations and coins in five, 10, 20, 50 cents and €1 and €2. Euro coins from other countries are legal tender, but 1 and 2 cent coins aren't used.

Swedish krona (including coins) are accepted on Åland and in western Lapland, and Norwegian krona can be used in areas near the Norwegian border in northern Lapland.

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