Dining in Finland

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Categories of Restaurant
  • Salad bars
Salads and sandwiches.
  • Quality restaurants
Specialized restaurants with medium or high price.
  • Pizzerias
Economic pizzerias usually offer pizza and kebab, medium price ones often pizza and other Italian food.
  • Ethnic restaurants
Typically offer Chinese, Thai or Indian food.
  • Fast food restaurants
Hamburgers, kebabs and other fast food.
Rules For Eating Out
Breakfast can be quite substantial. Lunch is usually eaten between 11.00 and 13.00. In most restaurants, dinners are served from 18.00 onwards. Many restaurants stop serving food about 45 minutes before they actually close, so it is worthwhile checking the serving times when booking a table. As a rule, service is always included in restaurant bills.

Price Indications

Economy Meal from 4 to 6 EUR
Medium Price Meal from 6 to 12 EUR
Good Quality Meal from 12 to 25 EUR
Food Specialties
Even if eating out has over the years become much more common in Finland, proper home-cooked food is still appreciated. Typical daily meals are meat balls, minced meat in sauce, meat loaf, macaroni casserole, steaks, and broiler in various forms. The potato still plays an important role in the Finnish diet, even if it has partly been replaced by pasta and rice. Rye bread has maintained its daily position at the Finnish table. Click here for more information on the gastronomy.

Some seasons and festivities such as the Christmas Eve, the First of May and Easter all have a traditional menu. These menus are served in Finnish homes, schools and many restaurants.

Finns drink coffee anywhere and at anytime. More coffee per person is drunk in Finland than anywhere else in the world. In general drinking habits mainly follow Scandinavian and European practices. Consumption of alcohol at lunchtime is less common in the business world than it used to be.
Dietary Restrictions
Table Manners
Table manners are European.

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