Alcohol and Smoking

Low-alcohol content drinks (e.g. beer and cider) are sold in regular stores, supermarkets, gas stations and kiosks from 9am to 9 pm. However, beverages containing over 4.7 per cent of alcohol by volume (such as wine, liquor and spirits) have to be purchased from the State Alcohol Company, ALKO.  ALKOs are open from 10am to 8pm (Saturday from 10am to 6pm, Sunday closed).

Bars serve alcohol outside these hours. Bars and nightclubs usually close between 02 am and 04 am. Last orders come always 30 minutes before the closing time. It is often signalled with blinking lights.

Anti-smoking legislation in Finland is one of the strictest in the world because the government aims to phase out smoking completely within the next 30 years. Smoking is allowed only in designated places or areas. The University of Eastern Finland is a non-smoking organisation, and smoking is only permitted in designated outdoor smoking areas.

Shops are not allowed to keep cigarettes in visible places. If you wish to buy tobacco products, you can just ask the sales person for your brand and flavour.