Finland Dos and Don'ts
Travel Tips for Dos and Donts in Finland
Ylivieska, Oulu Province, Finland
A little bigger countryside city with nothing to do and no one of interest. Mainly you could use the place as a stopping point while going on a beach holiday in neighbouring Kalajoki... 'Cause you'd most likely have to stop here then anyway.
You can use a train or a bus to arrive and leave... and of course a ride in the locals' cars.
During your likely short stay, you can go and visit the local shopping centre Kärkkäinen. As a foreigner, you can observe the outstanding country side people's behaviour. For example, the people who've arrived from neighbouring towns will stop and stare at you if you speak 'a strange language' like English. Also they'll try to turn their head at least 180 degrees to follow you as long as they can see you... or that's what happened to me friend a couple of years ago. In the night time you could visit the local (not that high quality) bars and see people getting sh'tfaced. If you're a girl, some dirty old man will likely try to hit on you while so drunk that he can barely talk. If you're a boy, some guy will probably try to pick a fight with you. People are mostly rather silent and seem rude. Easiest way to find someone to talk with is to see someone who's working and HAS TO talk to you... but that doesn't always work either. Then you've but the high school age kids to try.
A true countryside city experience you'll never forget.
Porvoo, Southern Finland, Finland
Gather mushrooms while you are stickwalking in the hilly forrests around town. Once the snow has arrived, go to the pubs with some locals and discover Finnish madness at night
Kuopio, Eastern Finland, Finland
kuopio is a lively city with sincere people who are ready to help. its university is nationally known for medicine studies and research in general. there are 3 lakes in kuopio appropriate for skiing and ice skating during winter time. the public library is full of local and international info about anything. there are great restaurants for fish and reindeer.
Kauhava, Western Finland, Finland
Almost everyone knows English, especially younger people, and are more than willing to help you out.
Tampere, Western Finland, Finland
If you're not into local foods but do like fastfood, this is one of the few places in Finland where I actually saw a McDonald's.