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'''Finland''' is a part of the Northern [[Europe]] and one of the Nordic countries. It is a member state of the [[European Union]] as well as the [[Schengen Agreement]]. Its neighbouring countries are [[Sweden]], [[Norway]] and [[Russia]], but the most probable transit country on your way hitchhiking there from Southern Europe is [[Estonia]] as the [[E67|Via Baltica]] ([[E67]]) road connects Finland with [[Prague]] via the Baltic States and [[Poland]].
It is illegal to hitchhike directly on motorways (''moottoritie'') and some two-land expressways roads (''moottoriliikennetie'') in Finland. You can recognize these from the green signs. On these roads, you can hitch from on-ramps (which often have bus stops that drivers will stop at) and [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol stations]]. The cars cannot stop in crossing areas, and some drivers who disobeyed this rule and picked up hitchhikers have been fined.
In the south, it is a good idea to avoid motorways and opt for smaller local roads. Though there is less traffic, there is more room for cars to stop. Finnish drivers will only stop where they feel it is safe, so try to thumb at bus stops.
 
 
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*I disagree with most of the above. See the [http://hitchwiki.org/en/Talk:Finland Talk-page].--[[User:Astikain|Astikain]] 14:40, 6 September 2012 (CEST)
=== Cities Regions ===* [[EspooFile:Finland european roads.png|thumb|250px|Finnish motorways (blue) with their European numbers and national roads (red and yellow)]]* [[HämeenlinnaFile:Erga-and-a-friendly-finnish-man.jpg|thumb|240px|right|Hitchhiker Erga and a friendly Finnish driver]]* [[Helsinki]]* File:Erga-camping-in-finland.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Find info on camping on [[Joensuu:nomad:Finland|Nomadwiki]]* [[Jyväskylä]]* [[Kuopio]]* [[Lahti]]* [[Oulu]]* [[Pori]]* [[Seinäjoki]]* [[Tampere]]* [[Turku]] === Other areas ===
* [[Lapland]]
== Border crossing Safety ==Hitchhiking is quite safe in Finland. As always, common sense is your friend.
There == Culture ==Hitchhiking used to be popular in the 70's and 80's, and many drivers will tell the hitchhiker(s) they've hitched themselves back in their days. Nowadays this practice is rather rare among Finns, but there are no border checkpoints between always some, especially in summer time around music festivals. Hitching in Finland might be difficult during the [[winter]] time because lack of daylight. The weather differences in Finland, Sweden seem to effect greatly how well people pick you up. Sunny weather might help you a great deal because it makes people more happy and Norway. You can cross these borders without stoppingopen-minded.
* [[Torfyanovka-Valimaa border crossing]] with [[Russia]]* [[Brusnichnoe-Nuijamaa border crossing]] with [[Russia]] [[File:Washing car window in Hitchhiking seems to get easier the more North of Finland.JPG|thumb|240px|Hitchhiker [[User:guaka|guaka]] washing away mosquito corpses]] === From/to Sweden === Ferries to Stockholm you go from [[Helsinki]] and [[Turku]]. The latter is considerably cheaper. Both ferries also stop in [[Maarianhamina]] ([[Åland Islands|Ahvenanmaa]]), or [[Mariehamn]] ([[Åland Islands|Åland]]), as its Swedish-speaking population calls it. The two companies which run ferries between Finland and Sweden are [http://www.vikingline.fi ''Viking Line''] and [http://www.silja.com ''Silja Line'']. Both of the companies are focused on bringing the customers a cruise-experience, because towns get smaller and are bound people feel more open to be tackyhelp others. ''Viking Line'' sells cheaper tickets without a cabin, tooHowever, which would be rather useless on the daytime trips between [[Turku]] and [[Stockholm]] anyway. As of August 2009, a morning ferry from Stockholm to Turku costs 15 euros, and Stockholm-Helsinki - 55 euros (both without a cabin, although prices vary according to season.  ''Silja Line'' is the posher of the two, and thus more expensive. It's still tacky, though. The ''Viking Line'' cruise ships have free tourist maps of Turku at their information desks on board. Be aware, though, that if you take a daytime cruise (which is about half the price), you will arrive highways are better in Turku at night. During the autumn, winter South and early spring that means no daylight which there is no help for hitchhiking. In winter nights, extremely cold temperatures might occur as well.  === From/to Estonia ===[[File:Erga-and-a-friendly-finnish-man.jpg|thumb|240px|right|Hitchhiker Erga and a friendly Finnish driver]]There is no land connection between Finland and [[Estonia]]. There are several daily boats from Helsinki to [[Tallinn]]. It takes usually 1-3 hours, costs about 20 euros (the cheapest one, without a cabin). Links: * [http://www.tallinksilja.com/fi/trips/routeTrips/ ''Tallink & Silja Line''], ferries to Estonia (only in Finnish/Swedish)* [http://www.vikingline.fi/index.asp?lang=en ''Viking Line''] * [http://www.eckeroline.fi/en/default.aspx ''Eckerö Line'']* [http://www.lindaliinimore traffic.ee/ ''Linda Line'']
== Language ==
Some older people, however, might have no English language knowledge at all, so you might as well learn some basic Finnish phrases. Note, that with a knowledge of Swedish, however, you can come pretty far (it is useful all over Scandinavia).
====Useful Finnish expressions for hitchhikers:====
* Hello = '''Terve'''
* Hi = '''Moi''' ''or'' '''Hei'''
* To hitchhike = '''Liftata'''
* A ride = '''Kyyti'''
* Thank you very much = '''Kiitospaljon'''
* Where are you driving to? = '''Minne ajat?'''
 =* I don't speak Finnish = Safety ==Hitchhiking is quite safe in Finland. As always, common sense is your friend. == Sleeping == [[File:Erga-camping-in-finland.jpg|thumb|250px|right|[[Camping]] is legal almost anywhere in Finland, just stay slightly out of sight and you can even camp next to [[highway|motorways]].]] Like the other Nordic countries, Finland has everyman's right (''jokamiehenoikeus'') meaning that it is allowed to camp on any land provided that you stay a few hundred metres from houses, do not start a fire, and do not more than one night in any given place. While everyman's right technically doesn't apply inside of towns and cities, there is usually no problem with camping in isolated areas of parks -- even if police see you, they are more concerned with gypsies than with backpackers. In Southern Finland and the Åland Islands, the forests and grassy areas are full of ticks, so wear clothing that covers your legs and check occasionally that you haven't been bitten. [[File:Finland european roads.png|thumb|250px|Finnish motorways (blue) with their European numbers and national roads (red and yellow)]] == Culture == Hitchhiking used to be popular in the 70En puhu suomea's and 80's, and many drivers will tell the hitchhiker(s) they've hitched themselves back in their days. Nowadays this practice is rather rare among Finns, but there are always some, especially in summer time, when local hitchers get inspired by European backpackers heading to [[Lapland]]. Hitching in Finland is much more difficult/impossible in late autumn and winter simply because people do not stop.
== Links ==
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* [[:fi:Etusivu|Finnish Hitchwiki]]
* [http://www.liftari.org/ Finnish hitchhiker's club] − the site is mostly in Finnish but there is [http://www.liftari.org/groups/in-english/ an English section].
* IRC Channel [[Liftari @ IRCnet]]
* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/liftarit/ Finnish hitchhikers FB group]
* [http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/kjokisal/liftaus/ Hitchhiker's guide to Europe] − a hitchhiking site by a Finn
* [http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/ssmoland/peukalo/ Liftausvinkkejä] − hitchhiking tips in Finnish
* [http://bookslaavu.google.comorg/books?id=ZY_XZW9AtYgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=finland Lonely Planet List of Laavus] Finland eBook a site with all the Laavus (2003hiking shelters) ''preview'']in Finland. [[trashhttp:Finland]//laavu.org/lataa.php?paikkakunta=kaikki/ Download]the gpx-file.[[{{wikipedia:Finland]]-link}}
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