- Reviewed: 22 August 2017, 09:15 NZST
- Still current at: 21 November 2017
There are no significant security risks in Finland but normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety.
All countries in Europe, including Finland remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organisations. Terrorist attacks could be indiscriminate, occurring 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. Since June 2017 the Finnish authorities have assessed the threat level as “elevated”, the second level on a four level scale. 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 are treating 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.
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.
The New Zealand Embassy The Hague, The Netherlands is accredited to Finland
Street Address Eisenhowerlaan 77N, 2517 KK The Hague The Netherlands Telephone +31 70 346 9324 Fax +31 70 363 2983 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/netherlands Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230 hrs, 1330 - 1700 hrs Note www.facebook.com/NZthehague/
New Zealand Consulate-General Helsinki, Finland
Street Address Erottajankatu 9, 00130 Helsinki Telephone +358 50342 9950 Email email@example.com
See our regional advice for Europe
Accredited New Zealand Embassy The Netherlands
Eisenhowerlaan 77N, 2517 KK The Hague The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 70 346 9324
Fax: +31 70 363 2983
Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230 hrs, 1330 - 1700 hrs