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10 Must-Know Tips about Tipping in Finland for Travelers

“How to do tipping in Finland?” is a question many travelers have. When I’m traveling, I love to feel confident about local norms and customs, especially when it comes to the delicate subject of money.

As a Finn, I’m happy to offer you ten tipping guidelines to Finland because tipping might be very different here than in your home country.

The basic tipping rule in Finland is that nobody is expecting you to tip. On the other hand, nobody will object if you do.

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How Prices Are Displayed in Finland

Reading prices is very simple in Finland: the price of a product or service has service and taxes always included.

You’ll only see one price in Finland and that’s the price you are expected to pay.

How to Tip in a Finland

If you want to give a tip, you can do so in cash or by allowing an extra charge on your card. It’s also okay to leave coins.

If you use your card to give a tip, you can let the waiter know the price you want to pay. Furthermore, it has also become very popular that the card terminal itself asks you if you would like to give a tip.

The idea is to make tipping easy for you if you would like to do it. However, there’s no pressure. You’ll just need to select YES or NO to continue.

Is It Rude to Be Tipping in Finland?

No. It’s not offensive to give a tip in Finland.

Tipping at Finnish Restaurants

As said earlier, there’s no mandatory need to tip in Finland.

You can pay the bill as it is or, if you want, you can round the bill up to the nearest convenient figure or leave a larger tip. All styles are good in Finnish culture.

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Tipping at Finnish Cafes and Bars

Again, it’s normal to pay the bill as it is.

You can leave a tip if you want. You may sometimes spot a tip jar on the counter too.

Tipping rules in Finland by Her Finland blog

Tipping at Finnish Hotels

Tipping at hotels is rare in Finland. Also, there’s not a hotel valet or porter culture in Finland.

Tipping in a Finnish Taxi

Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip in Finland.

If you want, you can round the bill up to the nearest convenient figure. All taxis in Finland accept card payments.

Tipping at Finnish Shops

Again, no tipping is required.

Whether you are looking for some clothes, cosmetics or a lawnmower, there’s staff ready to help you free of charge.

Tipping at Finnish Hairdresser

If you have an appointment with a hairdresser or beautician, the tipping situation is still the same; nobody is expecting a tip from you. The price includes the service.

Tipping for “Troubles”

If you are staying as a guest with a Finnish host, you should not leave any money behind to pay for the ”host’s troubles.” That would be quite strange for a Finn.

Same goes if you are renting a summer cabin.

That all being said, it’s polite to leave extra money if you break something or, for example, leave the cabin in a complete state of mess.

I would say that a Finn doesn’t think of that as tipping, but more as a thank you for taking care of the trouble you put them through (by the extra cleaning or extra shopping).

Tipping etiquette in Finland explained by Her Finland blog

Tipping on Finnish Nightclub Lines

The only place in Finland to have somewhat regular tipping happening might be the line of a nightclub.

If you know the bouncer, you can cut the queue by giving a good tip when you enter or exit the bar. This is done discreetly with a handshake.

Is tipping a part of your culture? What else would you like to know about tipping in Finland? Comment below and let me know!

Looking for more information about Finnish culture? Check out some of my other posts:


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Monday 17th of April 2023

You should not tip in Finland, EVER, NEVER. The spread of that filthy corruption inducing habit should be stopped at any cost.


Thursday 16th of May 2019

Yes, leaving a tip is not mandatory, but if you get good service/food/whatever it is not wrong to leave a tip. It is entirely up to the customer, whether they feel that a tip is in place. This whole post is absurd. And deleting negative comments is also quite questionable.


Thursday 28th of February 2019

Thank you again for your guidance, Varpu. Your energy is refreshing. In America, I usually tip between 15% and 20% at a restaurant.

Varpu Pöyry

Sunday 3rd of March 2019

Hei Mark! Yes, the tipping culture in America is something that is so different for me when I'm there! Thank you for your comment and lovely words. Kiitos!

Riitta Campbell

Thursday 31st of January 2019

Your blogs are refreshingly honest and informative...keep up the good work, Varpu!

Varpu Pöyry

Thursday 31st of January 2019

Thank you so much, Riitta! That means the world to me!! <3 Kiitos!

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