The Euro is now the official currency of 15 EU member states including
Finland. The first Euro coins and notes were introduced in January
2002, the Finnish Markka was still in circulation
until 28 February 2002, when it was completely replaced by the Euro.
Euro (€) = 100 cents.
Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and
5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10,
5, 2 and 1 cents.
Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged in the
banks and at bureaux de change at ports, stations and airports.
Credit & debit cards
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and
Visa enjoy wide acceptance, as well as Eurocheque
Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant
acceptability and other services which may be available. Up-to-date
information is available in Helsinki from American
Express (telephone number: (9) 6132 0400) or Diners
Club (telephone number: (9) 693 991).
Travellers cheques are also accepted in banks and in some shops.
To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised
to take travellers cheques in Euros, Pounds Sterling
or US Dollars.
Unrestricted import of local and foreign currency.
Export of local and foreign currency is limited
to the amount imported for non-residents, and to €1,682 or
equivalent for the residents.
The following figures are included as a guide to the movements of
the Euro against Sterling and
the US Dollar: