Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 15 November 2018, 15:35 NZDT
  • Still current at: 21 September 2019

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Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Finland.

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Terrorism
Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, have made threats to conduct attacks across Europe. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to Finland and other countries in Europe from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Attacks could be indiscriminate, occuring at any time and could target areas frequented by foreigners.

The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (SUPO) maintains a national terrorism threat level in response to terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere. The current alert level is available on the Finnish SUPO website.

On 18 August 2017, several people were stabbed in downtown Turku, in the southwest of Finland. Police arrested the attacker and four others, and treated the incident as an act of terrorism. 

New Zealanders in Finland are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places, particularly at tourist sites, shopping areas and transport hubs.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs in Finland and is common in tourist areas, in cities and on public transport.

We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. 

While violent crime towards foreigners is not common, foreigners may be the targets of opportunistic crime, such as pickpocketing or robbery.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Finland should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. 

New Zealanders in Finland are advised to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Stockholm, Sweden is accredited to Finland

Street Address 6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden Postal Address New Zealand Embassy, 6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden Telephone +46 8 400 172 70 Emergency Telephone +64 99 20 20 20 (New Zealand) Email NZEmbassyStockholm@mfat.govt.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz Hours Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm. Visitors to the embassy are by appointment only.

New Zealand Consulate-General Helsinki, Finland

Street Address Erottajankatu 9, 00130 Helsinki Telephone +358 50342 9950 Email dan.colliander@gmail.com

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Sweden

Street Address
6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden

Telephone: +46 8 400 172 70

Emergency Telephone: +64 99 20 20 20 (New Zealand)

Email: NZEmbassyStockholm@mfat.govt.nz

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz

Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm. Visitors to the embassy are by appointment only.

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