Banking
Cost of Living
Currency and Credit Cards
Driving Licence
Library – Tampere City Library
Lost Property
Migration Info Centre
Newspaper, TV & Radio
Pharmacy
Post Office and Customs
Shopping in Tampere

Telephone and Calling

Banking in Finland

There are a number of banks (pankki) to choose from, for example TSOP (Tampereen Seudun Osuuspankki), Nordea, Handelsbanken.

While in Finland, you should have a practical option for dealing with your financial transactions. Some short-time visitors are not required to open a bank account, but those employees who work for UTA for more than three months, must have a Finnish Bank account to which the University pays their salary. For those having a bank account in one of the countries of the Euro area, the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) allows fast and secure transfers anywhere in the Euro area.

It is a good idea to compare the service packages offered before opening a bank account. Make an appointment at the bank for opening an account. You need to have your passport, signed employment contract and your Tampere address with you. Some banks do not open accounts for short periods at all. Along with your bank account, you will also get a cash card (automaattikortti) which enables you to withdraw money at any cash point (pankkiautomaatti) 24 hours a day. Cash points are usually marked as ‘Otto’ or ‘Nosto’.

Links

SEPA
Banking in Finland
Banks in Finland

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Finland is on average comparable to the rest of Northern Europe. Please take into account that the university pay day is at the end of the month for fixed-term employees, e.g. when you start working at the beginning of January, your first salary will not be paid until at the end of the month.

Accommodation, one room apartment rent: (approx.) EUR 600–1000, depending on the location and size
Local transportation: EUR 39–44 /month
Lunch at the University cafeteria: EUR 2,00-7,00
Mobile phone: EUR 0,066 / minute , 0,066 / sms (prepaid)
Internet connection: (approx) EUR 10-40 / month
Electricity (studio apartment): (approx) EUR 40-60 / 3 months
Home insurance (studio apartment): (approx) EUR 100 /6 months
Movie ticket: EUR 12-15
Cup of coffee in a café: EUR 2- 4,5

Currency and Credit Cards

The currency of Finland is the euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents.

Finnish banks do not necessarily grant credit cards to international clients (those not living in Finland permanently). Thus, if you need a credit card while in Finland, it is recommended you apply for it from your own bank in your home country. The most common credit, debit and Visa Electron cards are widely accepted.

Driving Licence

Those who have a driving license issued by an EU/EEA country are permitted to drive a vehicle specified in their license as long as the license is valid. Those who have a driving license issued in a country that has signed the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention are permitted to drive for a period of one year. After that they have 6 months to apply for a Finnish driving license.

Links

The Police
Driving in Finland -guide

Library – Tampere City Library

Tampere City Library consists of the main library Metso, the newspaper reading room, 4 regional libraries, 10 branch libraries and 2 mobile libraries.

As a newcomer to the city, you will soon learn that the people of Tampere are proud of their City Main Library. Why? To begin with, it was designed by the architects Raili and Reima Pietilä to look like a wood-grouse when viewed from the air, and this is why it was named Metso. The library offers a wide variety of services and an even wider selection of books – naturally in foreign languages, too.

Library services are free, but to borrow items you will always need a library card. Library cards are issued free of charge at the library, and you can get a card by presenting a valid form of identification, such as your passport. The loan period for materials is usually 4 weeks, with the exception of some DVDs, new products and newspaper clippings that can only be taken out for 1 or 2 weeks. You can also access the Internet for free in the library.

Lost Property

Lost something? Pirkanmaan Löytötavaratoimisto is a lost property office in the Pirkanmaa area.

Migration Info Centre

The Migration Info Centre Mainio offers multi-lingual information and guidance services for all immigrants who wish to seek information and advice in their own language (or in English) about different topics of everyday life. At Mainio the customer can ask anything about living, working and studying in Tampere.

Newspaper, TV & Radio

The “national” newspaper (sanomalehti), Helsingin Sanomat, is read everywhere in Finland. The regional newspaper in Tampere is Aamulehti. The best selections of foreign newspapers can be found at the railway station newsstand (R-kioski) and in the Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (located in Stockmann) bookshop. If you do not always fancy surfing the Internet, the least expensive way to keep track of events outside Finland is to read newspapers and magazines (aikakauslehti) in libraries. Both the University Main Library and the City Main Library have good selections of newspapers and magazines.

There are several national radio stations and television channels as well as numerous local radio stations and additional digital television channels. Foreign films and programmes are broadcast in the original language with Finnish or Swedish subtitles.

Pharmacies

In Finland all the pharmaceuticals and medications are sold in dedicated pharmacies called Apteekki in Finnish. There are many pharmacies in the city centre, and several around Tampere, too. You can find the closest one to you by using the search engine at Association for Finnish Pharmacies website.

Post Office and Customs

Forms for notice of move (muuttoilmoitus) are available at every post office (posti). In Finland mail services are run by Posti. Stamps (postimerkki) can be purchased in post offices, grocery stores and most corner shops and kiosks. When posting items, you can drop stamped mail into an orange mail box or take your letter/parcel to a post office. You can search for the nearest post office and its opening hours on the Posti website.

If packages sent to you from abroad must be checked by the customs and/or you are required to pay customs duty on an international package (from outside EU/EEA countries), you will be asked to visit Postitulli (Customs).

Shopping in Tampere

Tampere provides a multitude of shopping opportunities ranging from small boutiques to large department stores and shopping centres. Stores and markets are open daily but their opening times may vary.

Bookstores

  • Bookshop TAJU, Linna Building (Dissertations, UTA and UTA Press publications, books by academic publishers)
  • Akateeminen Kirjakauppa
  • Suomalainen Kirjakauppa

Department Stores and Shopping Centres in Tampere City Centre

  • Koskikeskus, Hatanpään valtatie 1
  • Sokos, Hämeenkatu 21
  • Stockmann, Hämeenkatu 4
  • Tullintori, Tullikatu 6 (near the Railway station)

Groceries

There are several grocery shop chains in Finland, and they are easy to spot around the city e.g. Prisma, K-Market, Lidl, S-Market, Sale.

Specialist Food Stores

  • Al Niil Shop, Hämeenkatu 30 – Oriental food
  • East Asia Mart – Asian food. Tullikatu 6 (Tullintori Shopping Centre)
  • Punnitse ja Säästä/ It’s Pure – loose products such as dried beans, soya products and nuts, organic and fair trade products and other specialties

Household Goods

  • Prisma – hypermarket
  • Citymarket -hypermarket
  • Vapaa Valinta– markets for household goods, hygiene and cleaning products etc.

Marketplaces (Tori)

Recycling Centres

You can take things you no longer need to a recycling centre (kierrätyskeskus), where you might find something useful for yourself. Recycling centres also give advice on recycling and waste management. There are several recycling centres in Tampere:

  • Epilän kierrätyskeskus, Pispalan valtatie 138
  • KONTTI -Recycling Centre, Sellukatu 15 (Lielahti)
  • Pirkanmaa Recycling Centre, Vihiojantie 26 (Nekala)
  • Pyynikki Recycling Centre, Koulukatu 19 (Pyynikki)

Second-hand Shops and Flea Markets (Kirpputori)

Wine, Beer and Other Alcohol

Beer and cider containing up to 5.5 % alcohol by volume are available at supermarkets and food stores. Wine, beer and spirits containing more than 5.5 % alcohol by volume can be bought only at state-owned Alko shops. The minimum age for purchasing alcohol is 18 years, except for products containing more than 21 % alcohol, when the age limit is 20. You may be asked for proof of identity when purchasing alcohol. Please note that it is illegal to sell or purchase alcohol in shops after 21.00.

Telephone and Calling

Mobile phones (kännykkä) are very common in Finland, actually the landlines are very rare to find nowadays. In addition to the phone itself, you will need to get a subscriber connection from one of the nation-wide network operators, e.g. DNA, Elisa, Saunalahti or Sonera Finland. Prices and packages available range from monthly charges with fixed call and text message prices to packages with a certain number of call minutes and text messages included in rechargeable prepaid phone card connections. Prepaid phone cards are sold in R-kiosks and other corner shops. Remember to compare prices, as they are likely to vary according to the operator and package in question.

Calling Abroad from Finland

International call prices vary according to the service provider. In order to call abroad, you must first add the international prefix (usually marked in written phone numbers with +, for example 00), then the country code for the country you are telephoning, area code (if necessary) and the local number.