These won’t take up too much space in your luggage, but are guaranteed to make the recipient – whether it’s a homesick friend or family member – even happier to see you.
As Finnish as sauna and Sibelius, these treats are a local delicacy that’s something of an acquired taste. Known in English as salty licorice, salmiakki is a popular treat in Finland and in other Nordic countries.
2. Rye bread
Made from sour dough, ruisleipä or rye bread is a staple of the Finnish diet.
The Finnish affinity for coffee is legendary. Finns are among the biggest drinkers of java in the world, and have been for decades. The latest statistics from the International Coffee Association show that each Finn consumes 12.2 kilos of coffee per year.
Finns are spoiled for choice when it comes to sugary temptations, whether it’s marmalade balls or chocolate by Fazer or Panda.
The berries that grow in Finnish forests – bilberries, lingonberries, cloudberries or raspberries – are part of the traditional Finnish diet. Packed with vitamins and flavonoids, these fruits are coveted both by home cooks and gourmet chefs.
Shop for these items at:
Alepa (Terminal 2, arrivals hall 2B)
Finefood (Gate 20)
R-kisoki (Gate 36; Terminal 2, arrivals hall 2A)
Helsinki Duty Free (Gates 13-14; Gate 22; Gate 32)