As regards laws...
I don't know if it's the law but expect a lot of tuts and rude looks if you cross the road when there is no green man showing...very very naughty, even if there are no cars in sight.
I would also suggest Turku, Naantali and if it's on the Pori Jazz Festival which is on some time in July. An absolute hoot.
Re prices, beers are about the same as London, so say between €4 or €5 a pint which is not as bad as you would imagine. To be honest, many places in Spain charge the same as that now.
Well, im used to 4-5AUD (2 euro) per pint so yes, thats still pretty dear. They're probably going to hate me because I never wait for the light, even in peak hour traffic...
Cheers for the tips though
Re traffic lights
It was like this a couple of years ago but not anymore. I see a lot of people crossing when it's red, and although I tried to wait like most of them, now that Im living here, Im always in a hurry and Im not going to wait forever just in case people look at me (and they dont anyway). Yes peple will seem very patient there compared to you, but they wont look at you in a weird way. Helsinki is changing...
ok... first of all: welcome to helsinki! i absolutely love this city on summer, when half of the population start their vacations and head straight to their summer cottages and helsinki finally starts to live when all the tourists arrive and all the young people conquer the city )
helsinki is without a doubt a must-see city! you can get the most of it with a local person, who knows some underground places, f.e. good picnic places with beautiful sceneries or small boutiques in southern helsinki. i definitely can recommend you to take a sightseeing with tram the 3T/3B. a tram ticket costs 2euros (bought from an automat or via text message), and you can see the main points of the city just by sitting on a tram. and you can also hop off whenever you want (if some place looks appealing) and hop back in as long as you do it within an hour.
the Baltic Sea dominates the atmosphere in helsinki. you should see helsinki by the sea and take the ferry to suomenlinna (ticket costs only 2,20euros)! i also highly recommens a stroll in southern helsinki. the best ice cream in finland is sold in kaivopuiston ranta - magi ice cream!! enjoy the summer sun, ice cream and beautiful sea... suddenly i started to miss summer! ;D
hope you'll enjoy your stay here and if you need a nightlife guide, just let me know )
now I miss Helsinki also... A Lapin Kulta in Kaale's, a dance on the tables, followed by a stroll on the Summer Esplande...
There are many wizz experts here that will advise you on visas etc., which I'm clueless on so I won't ask questions about where you can and can't go (boring politics and boring policy makers). So next step.. Helsinki is just magical. Oh and the locals don't come much friendlier, they are so lovely. Doesn't matter what season you choose, it's endlessly full of surprises. Get on the buses out of the city and head north a little (only for a couple of hours or so, more if you have the time, but just 2-3 hours will do it) and the land of Sibelius will become familiar to even the most unfamiliar with it.
If you have the visa facilty (as I already said, I don't know), then a trip on the ferry from Helsinki to Tallin (Estonia) is a must. Two totally different cultures so close together. I love Finland and equally the people of Estonia. Helsinki is so efficiently organised and Tallin is somehow totally not, yet just so OK !
As experienced travellers, I'm happy to put money on you loving both countries and cultures.