Due to large crowds and likely traffic disruptions in major metropolitan areas on Finnish Independence Day, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, U.S. Embassy Helsinki advises U.S. citizens to follow local police guidance and remain alert to the possibility of crime or civil disturbance.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Europe Travel Alert, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country-Specific Information Sheet for Finland.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Finland, located at Itäinen Puistotie 14B Helsinki, at +358 9-616-250, or by e-mail at HelsinkiACS@state.gov, or visit the Embassy website at https://fi.usembassy.gov/.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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