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Dejan Farkas
post May 22 2009, 01:27 PM
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Hi guys

I'm going on business trip to Finland first six days of June and need some practical information, I believe we have some Finish members here, so I would like to kindly ask you to help me biggrin.gif

And if anyone wants me to meet me there it will be great, I will have a very busy schedulle there but sure will find some time for it. smile.gif

Anyone? biggrin.gif


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post May 22 2009, 01:50 PM
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I only have one recommendation: Check out some metal shows!! biggrin.gif


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post May 22 2009, 02:25 PM
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Thanks for the recommendation, but I would really like to return back with my hearing ability biggrin.gif


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post May 22 2009, 06:19 PM
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I've been to Finland a couple of times so maybe I can help giving an unbiased view also laugh.gif

So, just tell what kind of things you want to know. If you are going to Helsinki I can give some tips on restaurants and so on...

One thing to mention: Laponian food is worth experimenting, but I had "day after problems" when I ate it dry.gif . So eat when you don't have meetings the next day tongue.gif


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post May 22 2009, 10:34 PM
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I will be accommodated in Vantaa, not so far from Helsinki and will travel to Tampere one of the days. The only time when I will be really off will be on Friday afternoon and evening, since the following morning I will fly back.

And what I really need is some tips, what sites to visit in Helsinki, Vantaa and Tampere, something worth seeing like some historical sites, architecture and so on smile.gif

Thanks for the tip for food, I have meetings every day so will not play with food biggrin.gif


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post May 23 2009, 01:33 AM
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QUOTE (Dejan Farkas @ May 22 2009, 02:27 PM) *
I'm going on business trip to Finland first six days of June and need some practical information

I have a tip on what not to. Don't enter a sauna contest, the finnish are the world champions!! huh.gif

When in Helsinki I always buy dounuts (since they are way better than the swedish ones), there's a store in the basement of the center, right by the tram-C - can't recall the name of the store, Kokos or something. (Yeah.. it's not a very large center)
I also get clean out the shelf on pikku nakki (small sausages). Sausage in my taste! smile.gif

If you've got the time you could take a trip to Åland (Aland) or Estonia maybe, but I think you may be too short on time.

Another food tip is to take a walk towards the docks and visit the market, walk to the indoors market and buy some cheese or something. Hirvimakkara (spell?) could be exotic, sausage from moose. ...yeah, my trips are all about food laugh.gif

The Cathedral is worth seeing. Close to the center, lies rather high you should be ablt to spot it from a distance and there's plenty of stairs.
There's a casino if you're into that, a bit so so that one.

Walk through the city or get a tourist day card for the tram. Walking is possible since there's no real distances.


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post May 23 2009, 08:41 AM
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You should visit Resturant Zetor in Helsinki a resturant with old tractors
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QUOTE (Canis @ May 22 2009, 01:50 PM) *
I only have one recommendation: Check out some metal shows!! biggrin.gif


Hahaha, great advice. Well might sound strange but that country is all about heavy metal or mostly. Someone mentioned Aland. I've been there 2 years ago, very nice islands but I don't think Dejan will have time for it. My label is from there but I went from Stocholm which looks much closer than Helsinki.


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QUOTE (MickeM @ May 23 2009, 02:33 AM) *
I have a tip on what not to. Don't enter a sauna contest, the finnish are the world champions!! huh.gif

When in Helsinki I always buy dounuts (since they are way better than the swedish ones), there's a store in the basement of the center, right by the tram-C - can't recall the name of the store, Kokos or something. (Yeah.. it's not a very large center)
I also get clean out the shelf on pikku nakki (small sausages). Sausage in my taste! smile.gif

If you've got the time you could take a trip to Åland (Aland) or Estonia maybe, but I think you may be too short on time.

Another food tip is to take a walk towards the docks and visit the market, walk to the indoors market and buy some cheese or something. Hirvimakkara (spell?) could be exotic, sausage from moose. ...yeah, my trips are all about food laugh.gif

The Cathedral is worth seeing. Close to the center, lies rather high you should be ablt to spot it from a distance and there's plenty of stairs.
There's a casino if you're into that, a bit so so that one.

Walk through the city or get a tourist day card for the tram. Walking is possible since there's no real distances.

Thanks for the tips Micke, this cheese sounds interesting, will try to find it smile.gif


QUOTE (FredrikD @ May 23 2009, 09:41 AM) *
You should visit Resturant Zetor in Helsinki a resturant with old tractors

Thanks for recommendation, since you are from Finland do you know anything about Finnish pre-paid mobile phone cards, I need to get one there for sms and to make calls to Bosnia, as I heard not all pre-paid cards can make international calls smile.gif


QUOTE (Emir Hot @ May 23 2009, 10:00 AM) *
... but I don't think Dejan will have time for it.

You're perfectly right here smile.gif


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post May 26 2009, 02:20 PM
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i dont really know anything about the phone cards
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post May 26 2009, 03:04 PM
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QUOTE (Dejan Farkas @ May 22 2009, 11:34 PM) *
I will be accommodated in Vantaa, not so far from Helsinki and will travel to Tampere one of the days. The only time when I will be really off will be on Friday afternoon and evening, since the following morning I will fly back.

And what I really need is some tips, what sites to visit in Helsinki, Vantaa and Tampere, something worth seeing like some historical sites, architecture and so on smile.gif

Thanks for the tip for food, I have meetings every day so will not play with food biggrin.gif


Hey Dejan.

You should definitely take a walk in Esplanadi Park (it's right on the center). It is specially nice during summer. For one afternoon program I would suggest you then to walk to the port and get a boat to Suomenlinea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suomenlinna
If you get the daily tourist ticket you can get a ferry for free to Suomenlinea

In Tampere, there is a high tower you should try to visit.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C3%A4sinneula_tower
The view is really really worth. The lakes near Tampere have different heights (18m) and that's quite interesting to see. If you can afford dinner on the tower it is really nice, since you get a 360 view on about 1 hour and a half (I don't remember how expensive it was because I had daily allowance since I was on business travel).

QUOTE (Dejan Farkas @ May 23 2009, 11:46 PM) *
Thanks for recommendation, since you are from Finland do you know anything about Finnish pre-paid mobile phone cards, I need to get one there for sms and to make calls to Bosnia, as I heard not all pre-paid cards can make international calls smile.gif

If I remember right I bought Sonera pre-paid card and I was able to call Brazil. But you should check it beforehand, of course. In Finland you can buy pre-paid cards even on convenience stores...

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post May 27 2009, 08:43 AM
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Thanks Gus, this helps a lot smile.gif

Did you have any troubles sleeping, since the night is very short?


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post May 27 2009, 08:51 AM
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I can't give more advice than already given, as I was only in Helsinki. I had no problems with sleeping, but differences between Poland and Finland are smaller than between Finland and Bosnia. Anyway do many exciting things and get tired, that way You shall sleep well in any corner of the world:D


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post May 27 2009, 09:01 AM
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I have been to Finland one time but that was like ten years ago and i only visited Wasa


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QUOTE (Dejan Farkas @ May 27 2009, 09:43 AM) *
Thanks Gus, this helps a lot smile.gif

Did you have any troubles sleeping, since the night is very short?


Hehe, its not *that* short so far south in finland... smile.gif


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QUOTE (Dejan Farkas @ May 27 2009, 09:43 AM) *
Thanks Gus, this helps a lot smile.gif

Did you have any troubles sleeping, since the night is very short?


Yes I could barely sleep first time I was there. But I was coming from near the equator tongue.gif
Nowadays I can sleep finely in Denmark.
Maybe for you the difference will not be so huge and you can cope with it well.

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Anyway I am carrying a sleep mask just in case there's too much light around biggrin.gif

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