Motorways in Finland

The Finnish public road network is 78,162 km long, of which 51,016 km are paved roads. The length of the motorways is 863 km. contents 

Toll roads

In Finland there is no road toll for vehicles registered in another country.

Parking in Finland

Most of the small towns in Finland have free parking. Mostly it is located near the main attractions and large supermarkets (Anttila, City Market, Prisma).

The exception is the Finnish capital Helsinki. Parking in central Helsinki costs € 3 per hour.

Parking meter sign in Finland

In some areas, parking without a parking meter is not permitted. The need for such a watch is always indicated on separate signs. It also indicates the maximum time allotted for parking. A parking meter with a marked arrival time is located under the windshield of the car.

You can buy parking meters at auto parts stores, gas stations, R-kioski kiosks, or gas stations.

Paid parking sign in Finland

You do not need to use a parking meter in paid parking spaces. Paid parking spaces are marked with a separate sign.

Wrong parking penalty of € 10 to € 40.

Helsinki parking card  (1.4 Mb).

Finland road map

Finland road map

Buy from the Amazon online store with delivery  Finland Roadmap 

Main traffic rules in Finland

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in Finland

Standard speed limits in Finland (unless otherwise stated on signs). Cars and Motorcycles:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 80 km / h
  • on the highway – 120 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 80 km / h
  • on the highway – 80 km / h

In the winter months from October to March, the speed limits can be reduced by 20 km / h compared to the standard values.

There are many speed cameras in Finland. There is always a warning sign in front of every camera. In addition, several other cameras can be located behind the first camera at a distance of several kilometers.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.


The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.5 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level is between 0.5 ‰ and 1.2 ‰, the fine is calculated from 15 daily tariffs and the revocation of the driver’s license.

A blood alcohol level of more than 1.2 ‰ is considered a serious injury. In addition to a heavy fine (at least 60 daily tariffs), the punishment also includes imprisonment.

Moving a vehicle whose driver has been convicted of alcohol consumption is prohibited. Alcometer data is the basis for handing the driver over to the police station for more detailed analysis. The driver has no right to refuse a detailed blood test.

A driver residing outside Finland can be arrested and taken to a police facility pending trial.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

The low beam is required around the clock all year round. The fine for driving without dipped headlights in daylight is € 100.

Ignoring this requirement in the dark will result in an 8 day tariff fine.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

Children under 135 cm are not allowed to ride in the front seats. You can only drive in the back seats of the vehicle.

Children under three years of age may only be transported in a vehicle using a special child safety device that is suitable for their weight.

It is the responsibility of the vehicle driver to ensure that all children under the age of 15 are properly secured.

Penalty of 6 to 10 daily rates.

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear passengers   .

The fine is € 70.

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a telephone communication device that is not equipped with a technical device that allows negotiation without the use of hands while the vehicle is in motion.

The fine is € 100.

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.


A police officer cannot impose fines on site. He must issue a receipt and the fine must be paid within two weeks at any bank (ATM, payment terminal or via the Internet).

The police impose a fixed fine on minor traffic violations in Finland. For more serious violations, a system of  daily rates is  applied, in which the amount of the fine depends not only on the seriousness of the violation, but also on the income of the violation itself, as well as on whether he has taxable assets and the number of dependents.

If the fine is not paid voluntarily, the district court can convert the fine to prison, so that one day of imprisonment equals three days.

Fixed punishment

A fixed fine is imposed for minor violations. The amount of the fixed fine from September 1, 2015 can be 20, 40, 70, 100, 120, 140, 170 or 200 euros.

If a fixed penalty is imposed for two or more violations at the same time, the amount of the fixed penalty will be calculated based on the highest.

Penalty based on the daily rate

In the event of serious violations, the fine is calculated on the basis of the daily rate. The maximum penalty for a violation can be 120 daily rates.

The daily rate is calculated as follows: € 255 is deducted from net profit, that is, the amount of monthly income that is left after taxes are deducted. The result is divided by 60. In addition, every minor child will be present in the care of each minor reduces the daily rate by 3 €.

The minimum daily rate is € 6.

For example, the fine is 8 daily rates .
The daily rate is € 21 (for € 1,500 income).
If there are no underage children in the driver's care, then the size
the fine will be:   
8 x € 21 = € 168;

If 1 child is cared for, the fine is:
8 x € (21 - 3) = € 144, 

If there are two children, the amount of the fine is: 
8 x € (21 - 6) = 120 €
violationFines (EUR)
Failure to comply with traffic sign requirements100 €
Dangerous driving€ 70
Violations related to vehicle documents40 €
Throwing rubbish on the street100 €
Pass a red lightfrom € 64
Violation of the overtaking rulesfrom € 84
Failure to comply with the stop requirementfrom € 72
Ignore the yield symbolfrom 60 €
Ignore the stop signfrom 48 €
Incorrect vehicle loadingfrom 48 €

A fixed fine is imposed for speeds of up to 20 km / h. The penalty for more than 20 km / h is calculated on the basis of the daily rate. Over speeding in Finland:

About speed
up to 15 km / h170 €140 €
from 16 to 20 km / h€ 200€ 200
from 21 to 23 km / h12 days10 days
from 24 to 26 km / h14 days12 days
from 27 to 29 km / h16 days14 days
from 30 to 32 km / h18 days16 days
from 33 to 35 km / h20 days18 days
from 36 to 38 km / h22 days20 days
from 39 to 41 km / h24 days22 days
from 42 to 44 km / h26 days24 days
from 45 to 47 km / h28 days26 days
from 48 to 50 km / hdish28 days
from 51 km / h and moredishdish

If the speed exceeds 33 km / h in a built-up area and more than 36 km / h outside the built-up area, a driver’s license will be withdrawn for a period of 1 to 6 months in addition to the fine.

Recommendations for Safe Driving in Finland  in English (688 Kb).

Useful information


Unleaded petrol (95 and 98) and diesel are available in Finland.

Gas filling stations (CNG) are mainly located in the southern part of Finland. Methane is used as fuel for gas plants in Finland, not propane-butane.

Cross the border by car

According to the Finnish Border Guard, these rules will soon be introduced at other checkpoints.

Introduction of an “electronic queue” at the Vaalimaa border crossing

From January 19, 2015, all light vehicles traveling from Finland to Russia via the Vaalimaa border crossing will be able to pre-register in the electronic queue for crossing the border. It was planned that the service should be mandatory, but due to a drop in tourist flow, this decision has been postponed indefinitely.

This service (GoSwift) was introduced for trucks on December 15, 2014 and is mandatory.

According to the organizers of the project, this will reduce the “live” queues and increase the throughput of customs offices.

The main motto of this service is PLAN> BOOK> PASS. It goes without saying that you can plan the time of the border crossing at home in a relaxed atmosphere. Then book this time by phone or online. And only then, at the appointed time, will you reach the border control zone and calmly walk through the border.

It will also be possible to cross the border the old way without booking. However, this may take longer than is preferred by those who have booked in advance.

This system has been in operation in Estonia on the border with Russia for several years. Unlike Estonia, where you have to pay to use this system, it is free in Finland.

The experiment for passenger traffic was canceled due to low passenger traffic. More details can be found on the website 

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective vest  – pedestrians must wear a reflective vest in dark hours. The driver or passenger who gets out of the vehicle becomes a pedestrian and must therefore wear a safety vest.

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of winter tires in Finland is compulsory from December 1st to March 1st. Recommended from November 1st to April 15th. The profile depth is at least 3 mm.


Studded tires are permitted from November 1st to Monday November 1st after Easter. Studded tires must be fitted to all wheels.

A fine of 8 daily rates will be imposed for using worn tires or tires out of season, followed by a ban on using the car.

Anti-slip chains

The use of snow chains on all vehicles is permitted if the road and weather conditions so require. The driver must be careful not to damage the road.

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

Use and storage Radar detector forbidden  . Storage even means that the device is switched off in the vehicle. Violations of this rule will result in a fine of € 120 (20 daily rates) and the confiscation of the device.

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