10.09.2017

Shopping

  • Smaller shops selling specialised goods are usually open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m.–1:00/4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Hypermarkets, department stores and shopping centres keep their doors open 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and often 12:00 noon–6:00 p.m. on Sundays.
  • Many petrol stations also sell groceries and are open every day around the clock.
  • Most newsagents (kioski) are open every day 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m..

Grocery stores usually advertise weekly or daily in the local newspapers or print separate newspaper editions delivered to your mailbox. This allows you to compare food prices at different stores. Please note that the open market place (tori) is not necessarily the cheapest place to buy food in Finland, like it is in some other countries. Also check out some of the private product labels in stores (e.g. Pirkka, Rainbow, Extra, Euroshopper). They are usually cheaper than more well-known brand names.

Bonus cards

Loyalty programmes are extremely popular in Finland. There are three major retail groups in Finland, all of which offer their own bonus card:

The PLUSSA card offered by the Kesko retail group is for shops under the K label (K-market, K-citymarket, Anttila, Intersport, etc.). There is a charge for the card but the cardholders get special offers at K-stores and earn vouchers when certain amount of money is spent.

The S-Etukortti card is offered by the SOK retail group (The Finnish Co-operative Society). You can use the S-bonus card in a Sokos department store, Prisma, S-market, etc.) To get the card, you need to join the local co-operative.  Fill in a form at the information desk in any S-Market, Sokos or Prisma hypermarket. There is a fee charged to join the co-op but you can pay part of it by your monthly earned bonuses.

Elanto, the third large retail group in Finland, offers the YkkösBonus card for its customers. The card is free of charge. More information can be found for example in Siwa/Valintatalo grocery stores.

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Ethnic grocery shops

Big supermarkets such as Prisma and K-citymarket offer a variety of spices and, for example, halal meat. However, if you are looking for something specific, there are some ethnic grocery shops available.

Second hand shops (clothing, dishes, furniture)