Finland Health Care and Vaccinations
If you are suddenly taken ill or involved in an accident during a visit to Finland, treatment is available for travellers from the European Economic Area at the same subsidised cost as for Finnish citizens. However, you must produce a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive insurance is advised for all other nationals, but first check with your country's health department to see if a reciprocal cover agreement is in place with Finland. Australia, for example, has such an agreement as long as long as citizens carry their Medicare card. The emergency number to call an ambulance is 112.
Food and Drink
Food in Finland is safe to eat and usually prepared in accordance with hygiene guidelines, although care should be taken when purchasing food from unlicensed stalls. Tap water is also safe, although drinking from streams, lakes and rivers – however clean they look – isn’t recommended as even the most inviting-looking water can harbour parasites.
Campers and trekkers should take precautions against tick bites; immunisation against tick-borne encephalitis is recommended if visiting rural areas in the south (particularly the Archipelago). Mosquitoes are a pest during the damp summers, particularly in the north - bring mosquito repellent and topical cream to stop bites becoming infected.