If you  have a mobility problem and rely on advisory signs to make travel less difficult.  Helsinki Airport is no problem, clearly labelled Handicapped toilets, access points and of course wheel chair assistance. They have lifts to the upper level shops and Restaurants but like the rest of Finland, you have to constantly ask the staff where they are (They are tucked away behind stairs, carefully hidden to stop people using them).

The Finnair bus to Helsinki Railway station,  is a normal tourist type bus with about 5 steps to board, there are no seats specifically for mobility impaired on that service, even though Finnair had arranged wheelchair acces from the plane, at Helsinki railway station the 4 person bench seats are shared with two other services, considering the service is every 20minutes where do they expect people to wait.

Helsinki Railway station is a impressive building on one side, there are about 20 steps into the square, yet around the other side where the Airport bus departs it is flat, with easy access for disabled visitors. There are no signs indicating easy access for disabled persons and wheelchair users.

The Lutheran Cathedral in Senate Square, must have about 60 to 70 steps, to mount, impossible for an wheelchair user or a mobility impaired visitor before you can  visit it , yet around the corner there is another entrance which is flat and has a wheelchair ramp. This alternative entrance is once again  is not indicated.

Virtually every historic site including the National gallery of Finland it was so obvious that  there was no consideration made  for handicapped people!. Toilets on the ground floor only, no seating on the upper floors.

Stockmann's appears to be the exception and had wide aisles and wheelchair ramps, the deli section is on the ground floor. But all the Supermarkets  visited including Stockmans there were no dedicated handicapped checkouts, the Finns certainly have no concept of priority for handicapped persons, as is normal in all the other European countries visited.


Access to most Restaurants  in a wheelchair is impossible, even mobility impaired persons would find it difficult to circumvent the prams blocking the main aisle, Toilets  down steps, most are not handicapped suitable.

Finland is a beautiful country to visit, the people are charming and helpful, but only if you are able bodied can you benefit. It is surprising that the world leaders in education have a conception towards disabled visitors, which seem to be still rooted in the 18th century.

If you are anyway mobility impaired or use a wheelchair avoid Helsinki and Finland generally.