The lowdown on sending parcels to Finland
Independent since 1917, Finland sits in Northern Europe, where it's bordered by Sweden to the west and Russia to the east. Despite its vast size (approximately 338,000km²), the country has a population of just 5.5 million - ten times smaller than that of the UK. This disparity makes it the most sparsely populated country in the European Union (EU).
According to official figures, around 3,000 Brits live permanently in Finland, many of whom call the capital city of Helsinki home (or even 'koti'). Add to this the presence of a thriving consumer market, and it's easy to see why there's such demand for parcel delivery services to Finland.
If you're looking to send items to friends, family members or customers in Finland, there are a few things you'll want to consider before putting your package together.
Restrictions and prohibitions
As mentioned, Finland is an EU member state, and has been since 1995. This means you're not required to send any customs documentation with your items. That said, you still need to abide by the country's 'restricted and prohibited items' regulations.
Before anything, it goes without saying that you shouldn't send anything that is illegal in Finland. This includes narcotics, firearms and counterfeit products. The 'prohibited' list also includes many of the obvious items, like aerosols, radioactive materials, asbestos, explosives and infectious substances.
You should also refrain from sending currency and perishable food. Certain animals can be sent for research purposes, but only between officially recognised institutions. Similar regulations apply to medicines and pharmaceutical items - these must be addressed to authorised personnel (manufacturers, public health officials or scientists, for example).
The finishing touches
Finland and the UK aren't too far apart; the countries' capitals - Helsinki and London - are separated by little over 1,100 miles of land and sea. This means your items should arrive at their destination in no time, but that's not to say you shouldn't prepare them properly for the journey ahead.
It might sound obvious but it's important to protect your item with the correct packaging materials. Start by taking a strong cardboard box, big enough to give your item a little breathing room. Then fill the gaps with something soft (ideally bubble wrap or tissue paper) to prevent it moving around too much, and seal all openings with strong tape.
Finally, add the destination address to the front of the package, with 'FINLAND' written clearly on the last line.
With all of the above considered, you're ready to send!
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