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Information about ESPOO Espoo is the fastest growing city on the southern coast of Finland, and is the second largest city after Helsinki. It has a population of 224.231 inhabitants. Espoo has a shoreline of 58 kilometres, and is comprised of 165 islands, which, in summertime, can be reached by public waterbus. Modern and eclectic, Espoo is well known as a centre for high technology, as well as a vibrant and cultural city. It is also a metropolis surrounded by nature, and the purpose of the city has always been to preserve it this. The university attracts students from all over the world, and has made Espoo an important centre for technology and academics in Europe. In fact, over 39 percent of the city’s population holds a university degree. The city has five centres: Tapiola, Leppäivaara, Espoonlahd, Matinkylä-Olari and the centre of Espoo. The Garden City of Tapiola is the most popular, because of it’s modernist and classical architecture and lots of green spaces. It’s also a great city for the activity-minded, providing 125 miles of skiing trails (37 of which are lighted), a 373-mile network of biking trails, and 500 sports facilities. For a less strenuous outing, visitors flock to Nuuksio National Park, which offers a unique glimpse into Finnish wildlife, and the Archipelago, which has a stunning, 36-mile stretch of seashore with 124 islands. Cultural activities are also a specialty of this city, and it would be worth going to Espoo’s sundry dining destinations, the seven museums, and renown chamber orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta.
 
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FINLAND

General Information
Capital: Helsinki
Area: 338,144 km (130,558 sq miles).2
Population: 5.3 million (2009 estimate).
Electricity: 220 (230) volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.
IDD: +358
Timezone: GMT +2 Hrs (+3 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Finnish 92% and Swedish 6% (both official) other Sami- and Russian-speaking languages.

Government
Government: Republic.

Religion
Religion: 84% Lutheran Church of Finland, other religious denominations

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: EUR1.00 = USD 1.48 = GBP 0.91 = CHF 1.51

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 08.00-16.15

Traffic
Traffic: Seat belts must be worn by all passengers and headlights must be kept on at all times. Traffic entering from the right has right of way, even when joining a major road from a minor road. Cars towing caravans may not exceed 80kph (50mph). From 1 December until 31 March, snow tires are a legal requirement; they can be hired from rental firms..

Driving License
Driving License: National driving licence or International Driving Permit and insurance required..

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany, Easter Holidays (variable), May 1 May Day, Ascension Day (variable), Whit Sunday (variable), Jun 25/26 Midsummer Days, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 6 Independence Day, Dec 24/25 Christmas Holidays, Dec 26 St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Cold, temperate; potentially subarctic, but comparatively mild because of moderating influence of the North Atlantic Current, Baltic Sea, and more than 60,000 lakes.

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A-6-7-33101417161151-3
P878270665859636772798689
S1346910985311
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800 3G 2100

GPS
GPS: 60 10 N, 24 56 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-18.00 and Sat: 09.00-15.00. Shops are generally open on Sunday from June to August. Many shops are also open 09.00-21.00 during the week and Sat: 09.00-18.00.


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