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Sydney, Australia
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Self Catering

Hi there,

I am hoping to stay at the Stadion and self cater. Is meat, fruit and vegetables expensive in January?

thanks

Zara

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1. Re: Self Catering

Food prices in Finland are higher than most European countries. The price level won´t change much before January, so if you want to check out the current ones go to www.prisma.fi, www.k-citymarket.fi and www.lidl.fi (All of these can be reached with Helsinki public transport)

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Hi there,

Would it be better to stock up in Belgium then (so long as I can carry the food)?

For basic sandwiches and dinners (pasta), with vegetables, how much should I budget for in Helsinki?

Zed

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3. Re: Self Catering

LIDL is your best bet - chicken. Vegetables generally are expensive in Finland.

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4. Re: Self Catering

If I was travelling to Iceland or Norway I might consider bulking up, but for Finland I would not (just out of convenience;).

Lidl is a good choice, but not always the cheapest. Seems they have begun to take advantage of their reputation that they always are cheap by having higher prices on some products.

Edited: 28 August 2011, 14:23
Oulu, Finland
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You won't be able to save very much on stocking on food in Brussels. Prices are not THAT much higher that it would make it worthwile. Furthermore the weight limits on airlines prevent pretty well carrying loads of foodstuffs.

If you plan to bring pasta here, don't bother, basic (local) pasta brands are very cheap also here.

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oh ok. thanks.

I guess I will have chicken and pasta. I guess I am spoilt in Australia with the abundance of fresh food and veges.

Zed

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7. Re: Self Catering

You will not have any problems to get fresh produce or vegetables here. They are available year around everywhere in Finland. This is not a third world country! And, unlike in other areas on the same latitude on the globe, there is no permafrost here, either, so agriculture is one of the livelihoods of Finland, too. And what is not available locally will be imported, so you can get even "exotic" fruits year around. Don't worry.

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Why should there be a problem getting fresh fruit and veg in a Third World country, zam? In the Philippines I can buy pineapples picked by the farmer that morning and fish straight from the sea right on my street corner, instead of having it flown in from the far side of the continent.

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Thirld world in the north in respect to the logistics...

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well I am going to Rovaniemi.

I am budgetting about 45 Euros per day at self catering. Does that sound feasible for lunch and dinner in both Helsinki and Rovanemi ?