St. Petersburg about Finland you could always get a lot of different information. About country Suomi have spoken and written much more than any other state. There are many examples do not need to go. Get at least a newspaper "STRAHHIK", in which you are now reading these lines. Before you decide to write, I looked through the past ten numbers of the newspaper and in almost every one of them, and then several materials are devoted to the Northern Neighborhood.

In the overwhelming majority of tourist publications, registered articles of one or another travel agency conducted by the advertising campaign of varying degrees of aggressiveness and trying to bring the adequate part of the budget in line with last year’s plans. All this is very fun and good and in relation to Finland quite often work, however, not so much due to the efforts of tourist business workers (good phrases), how much because of the thickness of the purses of Petersburgers, increasingly postponing for an indefinite duration of the trip not only for cordon to distant countries , and on your own cottages. But Nature takes its own, abroad manitis, and most often the simplest, cheapest and, as usual adds, "angry" Travel Method.

There is a rhetorical question: "And what can be more accessible to Finland?" Since by the profession, I am not a journalist and the trip myself was a purely production and travel character, it is hardly my impressions will coincide with the impressions of the tourist returned from Finland. That is why I took the pen. Sorry for the keyboard.

You can get to Finland as you like, except that not under the ground. In this regard, tourists departing from St. Petersburg, for example, in Helsinki, remains only to envy. The most reliable and practical way – on the direct train. There is also a small choice: if it’s not too lazy to get up to the opening of the subway or even too lazy, but you are a patriot of fragile, then you can safely buy tickets for the our train with a pleasant name "Repin", Outdoor from Perron Finland Station in 7.00.

If all the above written to you does not apply, that is, the opportunity to get acquainted with foreign service on the territory of Russia, Sitting to Finnish "Sibelius". I like it more "Repin" With soft jewery cars without top shelves, rather than common cars "Sibelius" with rows of chairs, although fans of clean toilets with hot water and non-blisters of our conductors can argue with me.

The intersection of the Finnish border is most often painless, the degree of this painlessness, if, of course, you have honest intentions, it is determined only by whether your trust of border guards and customs officers. When traveling, only the amount of currency is interested, and Finnish – the number of closed vodka and cigarettes. At the entrance back, we are interested in again the amount of currency and the availability of goods taxable, and the Finnish, in my opinion, is not interested in. Naturally, all this is true only with properly executed documents.

The first and most part of my visit took place in Tampere, and almost the entire article is devoted to this city, because there is no lack of information about Helsinki.

So, Tampere was founded by the gustav king in 1779 on a hilly carrier between Lakes Pyhyanyarvi and Hyasiairvi, as well as on the shore at the thresholds around them, so today the area of ​​the city, including these two lakes and about 200 more, 2 kV. km more than St. Petersburg Square. This is the second largest city of Finland with a population of 186 thousand people.

In this place it is worth noting that readers are lucky, since I lost some of the most carefully collected printed materials about these most local attractions and now instead of copying paragraphs from there with a corona translation from Finnish into our to your article, just write, what else remember today. So, in Tampere there are approximately 20 museums, in my opinion, very unconventional, most of its own, that follows from the names: Museum-Pharmacy, Boxing Museum, Museum "Valley Mumitrolley", Museum of dolls and costumes "Kttapyan Cartan", Car Museum "Mobile", Museum of Minerals, Museum "Worker Quarter Amuri", Hockey Museum, Hamme Museum (historical and local history), Taysk Museum, Central Museum of Finland, Museum Center "Vapirikki", as well as four art museum and three art center and photos.

Unlike Russia, where monuments are replaced slightly more often than once a hundred years, and from changing the names of the streets has long been transferred to the change of the names of cities and states, in Finland, all worthy of attention is going to gather and carefully preserved for descendants.

Tampere is rightfully considered to be Mecca of Finnish theatrical art. There are over 10 professional theaters in the city and many amateur scenes. At the end of this year, the theater was recognized as the best Finland Theater "Tampere", Located on the main city square of Keskustori. However, tourists from Russia is unlikely to strongly attract this information, since the three-hour performance on Finnish or Swedish can be kept, except for the dispute. Interesting may be "Tamper Festival of Theater Art", When the stage for the actors participating in it from different countries of the world is the whole city, its streets and parks.

A special place in cultural life is the palace of Tampere. It was built in 1990 on the initiative and means of citizens and now is the largest center in the Northern countries for concerts and congresses. The phrase that the Hall of the Tampere Palace is not inferior to Carnegie Hall, obscured after the performance of one of the American stars, retell everyone without exception to tourists.In addition to museums and theaters, the attention of the church and the cathedrals of the city. Have more remarkable Cathedral and Church "Kaleva".

Cathedral of the city of Tampere was built in 1907. As the story tells, the construction of the cathedral was carried out in the difficult conditions of the period of oppression. At that time, Finland was part of the our Empire, and King Hikolai II announced the February Manifesto, which violated the Finnish Constitution. In all creative activities of the country, patriotism began to manifest itself, reflected in the art of Finnish national romanticism. As a result, the temple with the tower in the Gothic style turned out to be very similar to the medieval castle.

Church "Kaleva" is the exact opposite of the Cathedral. That this ultra-modern building from glass and concrete buildings of 1966 is the current church, the uninimited foreigner does not gues it from 10 attempts. However, it is precisely the most popular attraction of the city and the main work of the creativity of the prominent Finnish architects of Reim and Riley Chietil.


Very much in the life of the Finns, and even more so residents of Tampere connected with water. "Blue" Dream of each Finn – Have your little country house on the shore of the lake. What to say, simply affects both the purity and well-groomed water bodies and the organization of recreation on the water. Amazes mainly in the good sense of the word, especially a variety of water shots on lakes and leisure on Viykinsaari Island. But along with undoubted successes, as it was customary to talk earlier, there are certain flaws. Holds from the point of view of the emergent of a little less civilized state. For example, how do you like the following offer to be afraid of a fish (quote from the guide for us): "In such a place allowed to catch fish on gloss and fly. The maximum allowable daily catch should be not more than three fish of the salmon family (caught segi not taken into account). The cost of permission for day 25 brands, week – 100 brands. Permission can be purchased in the city tourist bureau, in the kiosk "R" There is such a street on the street, as well as in the machine, located at the entrance to the restaurant Slyak. The machine produces permission for 6 hours worth 20 stamps. Persons who have reached 18 years old who have permission to fish should acquire a state license for fishing (a license can be obtained by paying 88 stamps by mail or in a bank)". Who at least once went fishing, of course, knows that fishing is the main thing, and that secondary. Maybe these are the features of our our national fishing, but then they still like more than the features of Finnish national fishing, when, for example, it is not entirely clear how many still in the amount you need to give your blood, and there are three fish and why segi are not taken into account?

In general, the program of our trip was very saturated. All morning and half a day we spent at industrial enterprises. Describe what we did there, does not make much sense in order not to restore longing. It seems to me, much more interesting than another.

For example, the routine of the day at work. After breakfast, the company’s employees began to work at 8.thirty. AT 10.00 Everything went to the dining room on a cup of coffee, which implied, in addition to coffee, to choose from: Giant sizes burgers, cakes, chocolate candies, yogurts, and t.NS. Ha having time to move away from this "Easy" snack, in 12.00 It was necessary to pass a new test called "Dinner", For an order of magnitude exceeding in terms of volume and calories, all of the above and includes, oddly enough, a bottle of light Finnish beer. I would love to miss like lunch itself and the next "a cup of coffee" in 14.00 if it were not for the free of this event and not the quality of the dishes prepared, it would seem, in the most ordinary canopy. After the first day, I ceased to be surprised by the number of fathers found in the corridors, but simply became quietly to envy, representing how I was, if I lived and worked.

Two-storey hotel "not from the most expensive", in which I settled in Tampere, was called "Caupp". HA raised blue flags was conquered only 3 stars, but I didn’t even upset about this, because I already knew that in Finland, unlike, for example, Turkey or United Arab Emirates, the dependence of the quality of rooms and the service provided is not very connected with the number of stars. I lived in one of 46 rooms worth 340 grades per day, including a very – very decent breakfast. Actually, the room had a toilet, shower, bed, armchair, two bedside tables, table, chairs, hanger, TV, microwave, refrigerator bar, lamps. For comparison: in the best five-star hotel Finland "Sokos Hisperia" In Helsinki, where I went after Tampere, in addition to the above, I could add only temperature regulator in the room, wall connection with the dispatcher and the availability of paid television. Homer cost big money even on the scale of medium bourgeois – 1250 stamps per day.

Instructions for the use of paid television, including 2 ordinary and 2 erotic channels, me like "our, you see", At the same time laugh, and offended. She was printed in small font in several languages, with approximately the next my own translation into our: "The cost of paid television – 60 stamps per day. It will automatically be included in the hotel room, if you find one of the programs for more than 5 minutes. To view, press the button on the remote control with the corresponding designation". The Finnish translator tried to fame, and the following inscription in our was blocked just below the fat large font: "Attention! Pay television! Cost – 60 brands per day. Free viewing only for 1 minute. If you want to use the circuit channel, enter the number of your room on the remote. If you wish to block paid television, refer to the hotel administration". Nice, of course, meet abroad phrase in your native language.

You, of course, understand that all this particular, and most importantly, the overall impression that you take with you. The main thing that immediately rushes into the eyes is the lack of contrasts in everything, starting with cars on the streets where you will not see how "Lohmok", So and six hundred "Mercedes", and ending with the difference in the salary of the director of the company and its subordinates, almost never exceeding two times. Learning every day something new from the life of Finns, I came to the conclusion that it was very similar to that very socialism, which we tried to build in the USSR, but only at a higher level.

Social protection of the population is such that the language does not turn to call her capitalist. For example, if you are a member of the trade union and lost work, then at least for two years you will receive 100% salary. Of course, there is always the second side of the medal and for all these socialist advantages have to pay. HE Accidentally income tax comes to a fantastic figure of 70%. So you don’t even reincarnate and do not get rich even with a big desire. The system will not allow. Objectively, with this approach, when it does not make much sense to take the initiative, the effectiveness of the economy suffers, and it felt. The number of unemployed, despite the artificial state measures to reduce it, remains at the level of 15%. After joining a single Europe, half of the farms, the remaining half on the verge of ruin.

Makes itself felt the problem of youth, the younger generation more and more becomes passive and apathetic to what is happening. All this is the real problems that the Finnish colleagues told me, but not visible to the coming tourist. But the absence of beggars, the well-groomed of old people, the purity of streets and hard work of people. Leaving to Peter, I mentally uttered: "Goodbye, Finland! I wish you success!"

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