28.03.2014

Alcohol and smoking

In Finland wine and strong alcohol is sold only in the Alko liquor stores and restaurants, bars and pubs. Medium strength beer and cider is available in supermarkets, grocery stores, many petrol stations and R-kiosks. Bear in mind the following ground rules when purchasing alcohol in Alko.

  • An 18–19-year-old can buy alcoholic beverages with a maximum of 22% alcohol content
  • A 20-year-old can buy all alcoholic beverages
  • Sales staff cannot sell alcohol if they have reason to assume that an alcoholic beverage will be illegally passed on to an underage person
  • Alcoholic beverages cannot be sold to a person who is acting in a disorderly manner or is clearly intoxicated
  • You must be prepared to present a valid photo ID. A passport, an official identity card or a drivers licence issued by a police authority are accepted as a proof of identification. Student cards are not accepted.

Anti-smoking legislation in Finland is one of the strictest in the world because the government aims to phase out smoking completely within the next 30 years. Smoking is allowed only in designated places or areas. The University of Jyväskylä is a non-smoking organisation, and smoking is only permitted in designated outdoor smoking areas.

Shops are not allowed to keep cigarettes in visible places. If you wish to buy cigarettes, you can just ask the sales person for your brand and flavour.