What basics do I need to know about driving in Finland?
If you have a driving licence issued in another EU or EEA Member State you may drive in Finland. You may also drive in Finland if you hold a driving licence issued in a country that has signed the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention. You can check Finnish Transport Safety Agency's website about drivers licenses for more information.
Finland has right side traffic.
Traffic rules and parking rules are usually followed strictly.
There are no road tolls.
In built-up areas, the general speed limit is 50 km/h and outside of built-up areas 80 km/h unless a road sign indicates otherwise. On motorways, speed limit is 100 - 120 km/h. In winter speed limits outside of built-up areas and on motorways are lower. Lower winter speed limits are indicated by a road sign.
Speed limit for vans is 100 km/h and for trailers and trucks 80 km/h, unless a road sign indicates lower speed limit.
At winter roads can be very slippery even if they don't appear to be (black ice), so reducing speed under speed limit might be needed. You also should keep your driving distance to other cars longer than usually.
Snow tires are required from December to February.
Always park at least 5 meters from pedestrian crossings and intersections.
Seat belts are required for everyone.
Children under 3 years must always use baby safety seat or child safety seat.
Headlights are required at all times.
Hands-free device is required if speaking on the phone while driving.
You should carry a drivers license and passport while driving. You have to be 18 years old to drive in Finland.
Drunken driving and driving under influence of drugs is a criminal offense. Maximum allowed blood alcohol level is 0,5 g/liter.
Horn can be used only if it's absolutely necessary.
Watch out for elk, deer and reindeer. Road signs indicate areas which are crossing points for elk, deer and reindeer. If you collide with elk, deer or reindeer, you are obliged to call emergency number 112.
Outside of built-up areas, lights can be flashed to others to warn that there is eg. an elk on the road.