Good to know

 

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Important information

  • The emergency number in Finland is 112.
  • It is important when calling that you can tell the operator your location. You can read more about the 112 number and the service of the Emergency Response Centre.
  • When you drive along a road, can you recall the road number? If you walk in the forest, try to remember your route so you can describe it to rescue personnel if required.
  • It is important to add the numbers to your next of kin into your mobile by adding the prefix ICE (In Case of Emergency) for example ICE Joe +44-208-123 4567. Don’t forget to include the international dialling code.
  • Also keep to hand the details of your lodging in Western Uusimaa during your stay here.
  • It is also a good idea to carry information about your blood group and any medication you take.

This is not to say anything will happen, but as it’s better to be safe than sorry, please arrange travel insurance (Visitors from EU-countries – carry your EU health insurance card with you in addition to travel insurance).

On the road

In Western Uusimaa we have a lot of scenic roads and the best views are found along the small gravel roads crisscrossing our region.

Before you come, please read about road traffic in Finland:

  • If you drive in winter time, winter tyres are compulsory, even if there isn’t always snow on the ground in Southern Finland.
  • Please keep distance to the vehicle in front of you. Especially in the winter when the roads are slippery.
  • We keep the headlights on day and night.
  • Look out for wild animals, especially at dawn and dusk. Deer is a frequent sight along the roads.
  • If you don’t want to drive yourself we tell you how to get to Western Uusimaa without a car.

Nature

70% of the surface of Finland is covered by forest. Also in Western Uusimaa there is a lot of forest. In some areas, like Fiskars Village and the Lohja Island there are plenty of beautiful deciduous trees, which turn red, orange and yellow in the autumn. We have more fields and meadows than further north, which gives a nice variety to the landscape. And of course the archipelago, which gives you an experience to remember for a lifetime.

Here you can read all about the nature in Finland. Please pay special attention to the chapter on the everyman’s right.

There are dangerous plants and animals everywhere in the world and Western Uusimaa is no exception.

  • Don’t eat plants unless you can identify them.
  • Wash your hands when your return from the forest.
  • Bilberries (=wild blueberries), lingonberries, raspberries, cranberries, chantarelles and Boletus edulis are safe to pick, healthy and delicious too.
  • Ticks can spread deceases like borreliose (Lyme disease) and Meningitis. When going out into the nature, please dress in long sleeved shirt, long trousers, socks and good shoes or boots. Check your skin when returning, to find the ticks before they bite. Ticks are very small and dark coloured.
  • We have wasps and vipers in Western Uusimaa.
  • The local newspapers sometimes report about wolfs and bears in the region. However, these occasions are very rare and it is highly unlikely that you would get to spot any.
  • In the winter – don’t go out on the ice on the lakes or the sea if the ice is not strong enough. Check with the locals.

We have many species of birds in Western Uusimaa and birds come in thousands in the spring and in the autumn, when they move from/to warmer countries. We have many excellent places for birdspotting!

 Shopping

In Western Uusimaa we recommend to buy things that are unique and special for our region.

  • We are proud of our local food. Fish, game meat, archipelago bread, wild berries and mushrooms.
  • Products from our farms. Many farms invite people to buy directly from the farm.
  • In Fiskars Village you will find unique design and handicraft which you cannot find anywhere else.
  • The small shops in the towns and villages give personal and friendly service. Often the owner of the shop is there, working long hours.
  • Please visit our markets and village summer markets.
  • Many villages have a summer market every Saturday morning.
  • In Fiskars Village there is the yearly Slow Food market taking place in end-September or beginning of October. In addition to this, Fiskars Village has another three smaller markets, in winter, spring and end of summer.
  • The Apple Carnival in Lohja offers the speciality of Lohja – apples!
  • You can make unique findings and buy local delicacies on the Christmas markets.
  • The small shops in the region are usually open workdays from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturdays until 2pm, closed on Sundays.
  • The supermarkets have long opening hours and they are also open on Sundays.