Finland Warnings and Dangers
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Beware of Reindeer
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The Finnish drivers Helsinki
Having just returned from Helsinki I didn't realize cars driving extraordinarily fast, and I felt safe on pedestrian crossings. I really don't understand what the people below experienced. Only the...
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Be aware of slippery roads
Wheather you are travelling with foot, bike or car in the winter, remember that ice, snow and darkness is a very difficult situation to handle. We know, we have born snow and ice under our feet but every Autumn when the first winter condition is on, newspapers write: "Snow and ice surprised travelers". It's not a surprise, snow comes every year.We use steel-studded winter tyres. Hardly never you find chains from Finnish cars but it is mandatory to use winter tyres (either friction or steel-studded) from 1st of Dec to end of Feb. If you need to drive here in Winter, take carefully. Main roads are open and mostly without ice but side tracks are different. My recommendation is, don't do it, if you don't have time to practise. And if you do drive, drop your speed from nornal and keep longer safety distance. It's not impossible, but IF something happens, you probably are not capable to handle...
Be aware of deers when on the road
There are five different deer species in Finland and they occur in different areas of the country. Two of them you can forget (Finnish Forest Reindeer and Fallow deer), but think about figures, there are about:- 200 000 Reindeers,- 100 000 Moose and- 50 000 White-tailed deers in Finland.Reindeers are domestic animals, they cattle in the wild nature, but someone owns them. Reindeers are very common in Northern part of Finland (Lapland) and they gather to the roads and behave wildly, you can't quess what they are up to. Reindeers are so small that oftenly the only harm is damages in you vehicle, but especially when traveling with motorcycle, be very careful in the rendeer area.Moose are common in Eastern and Southern area. Moose are big (height 2,1 meters, lengt 3 m and weight can be even up to 700kg), they are deadly seriuos. If you think that their legs are more than one meter, it means...
All I can think of them / part 2
PEOPLEPeople walk in city streets 24 hours a day mainly with no problem.It is still wise to avoid some places in the cities after dark and late at night.If problems occur the most likely reason is an aggressive Finnish drunken man (or a small group). Aggressive drunken female is also not impossible.The actual drunkards usually make more noise than disturb otherwise. Several bigger ethnic groups exist so the aggression can of course also come from those groups. In the capital city there are people of about 165 nationalities and 150 languages so one disturbed person of any nationality could in principle be a problem. (The biggest ethnic groups are propably Russians & Inkeri-Russians, Estonians, refugees from Somalia and gypsy's (mainly Finnish born)),Drugs are used, mainly in the cities, so some drug users may occur.Pickpockets do occur. Because Finnish criminals are mostly too stupid and...
All I can think of them / part 1
IN GENERALFinland can not be considered as very dangerous country in any way.You want be eaten by a lion. A deadly poisonous snake or spider won't bite you. No civil war or violent political riots exist.The last political murders were in the year 1904 when Russian general Governor Bobrikov (dictator of Finland by that time) was murdered and about 1922 when one minister was murdered.Crimes do occur, and too often, but the crime rates are not very high compared to many (most?) other countries.ANIMALSThere are wolfs and bears in Finland. But its unlikely to even see them. If a bear or wolf attacks a human bean it is frontpage news - very very seldom it occurs.Moose (and reindeer in Lapland) is a real danger in traffic outside the cities. Every year a lots traffic accidents against a moose occur. People die or get hurt.There are three snakes or actually two snakes and one lizard that looks...
Hiking the borders of Finland
During your hikes it might be that you come close or across the borders of Finland as some trails and parks are close to them. In this case you have to follow some regulations of those countries you are entering. Check out the webpage of Outdoors.fi to know what to do before starting your trip.See the link below...
To get competent information about the weather situation in Finland you can have a look at the webpage of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) which provide beside the normal weather forcast also warnings for the different regions of Finland including the maritime areas.
Fake car trouble
Sometimes, usually at summer you may see what looks like (typically) 2 east-european men having trouble with their car, trying to wave for you to stop and help them.If you stop, they start asking for money for gasoline, or trying to sell some fake jewelry.Also they can ask you to give them a ride to nearest gas station.Usually they don't make trouble really when you refuse their demands, how ever there's been reports that they started to act in a threatning way.So just keep driving if you see them!
Do not drink and drive
Be aware of Finland's very strict DUI laws. It is not uncommon for the locals to hang out until early in the morning. This prompts the law to set up stings along the roads in the middle of nowhere. I was stopped by two very stern officers on a two lane highway at around 9:00 AM and made to blow into a device to ensure that I was not drunk. If I flunked the test I probably would have been taken directly to jail. So, be careful and use cabs or designated drivers if you are going to be drinking.
Be careful of small animals when going to seaside! Those animals are mites (Ixodes ricinus). They spread a disease called borreolosis, which could be deathly dangerous without nursing. I had once a bite of that, and I don not recommend it to anybody.Mites are lying in the grass near seaside, maybe lakesides, too, and are waiting for jumping to animals going by. You could take a vaccination agains them, if you are thinking to go to these places.
The most dangerous wild animal Finland--moose
The most dangerous wild animal in Finnish forrest --- is MOOSE/hirvi/Alces alcesThe averic statistic in one year in Finland (Source FIN Interior Ministry white pages)# about 1500 car incident with moose# about 10 people get killed every year# more than 300 people injureabout 4 million euro´s damagesWhat happened ? The moose run without any warning cross the road and collide to vehicle with fatal consequences.What I can do to prevent ?1. When driving car be knowledge when you see traffic warning sign " The Moose" ( see photo)The moose traffic signs are put to beside roads for these places, where the most fatal accidents has happened. (inform with meters the routals which the moose's cross the roads)2. slow down speed3. be knowledge of the most dangerous time for moose's to run;a. spring and autumns, when sun rise and set4. If panic close situation " try steer and pass animal by way of...
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