In Finland, everyone uses a mobile phone and this is why there are no public coin-operated telephone booths. Unless you already have a mobile phone, it is definitely worth considering buying one for yourself as well, because getting a landline is very expensive. Mobile phone shops and second-hand shops usually sell second hand phones at reasonable prices.
The easiest way to get a mobile phone account is to buy a pre-paid phone card (SIM card) for your mobile phone in a local R-Kioski (by typing the name of the city you can get a list of R-kiosk in the city of your choice). When you run out of airtime, you can top up your pre-paid card either with a voucher or online. Tariffs on a prepaid phone account are often not as cheap as on monthly subscriptions, but offer an easy way to communicate when you first arrive in Finland.
You can get a monthly subscription with a Finnish mobile phone operator (e.g. Sonera, Elisa, DNA, Saunalahti). However, you are required to have proven and stable credit history and a Finnish personal identity code, or pay a deposit of €300-600.
To dial abroad, please dial + to get the international prefix, then the country code and the number you are calling. Note that the first number of the area code/phone number (often 0) is usually omitted in international phone calls.
- International calls, telephone services and network services in Finland (expat-finland.com)
- R-kiosk search - by typing the name of the city you can get a list of R-kiosks in the city of your choice