but 30 minutes before it's your last chance to order some alcohol.
In common with its Scandanavian neighbours Finland is very tolerant of homosexuality and has progressive laws protecting the rights of gays and lesbians.
Finland is not a populous nation so the gay scene is not large. However, gay and lesbian visitors are assured of a warm welcome from this gay friendly country.
In 1998 the last two provisions of the criminal law which still discriminated against lesbians and gays were repealed: the age of consent was equalised, and the law banning the "public encouragement of unchastity between members of the same sex" was repealed
The constitution includes provisions protecting against discrimination, there is legal protection against work place discrimination as well as protection against incitement to hatred. Being gay or lesbian is no bar to the army. In 2002 gay partnership law was introduced allowing gays and lesbians to register their partnerships and giving them almost the same rights as married couples.
Finland has a very cool climate with the best time to visit being from May to September.
Finland's climate is characterised by continental winds bringing cold spells in winter and heat waves in summer. However, the westerly winds in summer also bring warm air currents from the Atlantic Ocean.
Rainfall occurs all year round and the average annual precipitation in the north varies from 500 mm to 600 mm where most of it falls as snow, while in the south it varies from 600 mm to 700 mm. Average temperature ranges in Helsinki are from -9c to -4c in February to 12c to 23c in July
Pubs, Bars, Coffee Shops
Helsinki's manlier disco offers hours of godly fun
Kamppi - Lonnrotinkatu 4 , Helsinki
A new gay lounge for Helsinki's homo hipsters
Punavuori - Iso Roobertinkatu 3 , Helsinki
Don't Tell Mama you're heading to young gay Finnish nirvana
Punavuori - Mannerheimintie 6 , Helsinki
Karaoke all the way down Mann's Street
Kamppi - Mannerheimintie 12 A (2nd floor) , Helsinki
"Classy bears hangout."
Kamppi - Malminrinne 2-4 , Helsinki, -
A newish gay bar rises
Kamppi - Eerikinkatu 14 , Helsinki
Laid-back fun cafe and bar
Kallio - Porthaninkatu 9 , Helsinki
G Lounge Skybar&Club
Center - Simonkatu 8 A (8th floor) , Helsinki
Snow White this ain't
Kallio - Helsinginkatu 7 , Helsinki
\"Straightfriendly gaybar\" next to Lost & Found
Lost & Found
A very good GAY bar (hetero friendly)
I had found the place where the atmosphere was perfect for all the fun I had dreamt about. Good company, great drinks and nice music…
PL 382, 00121 Helsinki
Tel: +358-9-680 1010
Fax: +358-9-612 1882
The only gay-sauna in Finland
puh/tel. +358 (0)9 737280
Hotels & accommodation
Hotel Rivoli Jardin
Our GAY-friendly hotel is just around the corner from Helsinki\'s most beautiful walking and shopping promenades, the Esplanades, and is just a stone\'s throw from the harbour and all the major sights. The airport is 18 km north from the hotel.
tel +358 9 681 500
fax +358 9 656 988
Fine finish hotel.
Hotelli Helka - P. Rautatiekatu 23, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 (0)9 613 580 - Fax. +358 (0)9 441 087
Sexshops, Leather, Fetish, Sexclub
Well equipped gay sex shop with two outlets.
Cruise naked and/or bannish tan lines at Helsinki's gay beach
Islands - Pihlajasaari Island , Helsinki