Tap Water Safety in Finland

Can you drink the tap water in Finland?

In general, yes.

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Finland (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in Finland think about the tap water?

Finland’s tap water is among the highest quality in the world and is not only completely safe but a pleasure to drink.

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Thanks to its thousands of lakes, Finland has plenty of water supplies and tap water is always potable (In fact, never buy bottled water if you can get tap water!). The usual soft drinks and juices are widely available, but look out for a wide array of berry juices (marjamehu), especially in summer, as well as Pommac, an unusual soda made from (according to the label) "mixed fruits", which you'll either love or hate.
You're unlikely to have stomach troubles in Finland, since tap water is always drinkable (and generally quite tasty as well), and hygiene standards in restaurants are strict. If you have any sort of allergies, many restaurants often display in the menu the most common ingredients that people typically are allergic to. Examples: (L) = Lactose free, (VL) = Low Lactose, (G) = Gluten free, if you are unsure just ask the waitress or restaurant staff.

The most commonly searched cities in Finland are:

For a full list of cities in Finland, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization Finland Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Finland have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 92% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Finland Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Finland includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

DataDescription
Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited
National
2000518892%99%1%
2017552399%99%1%
Rural
2000934-99%1%
2017828-99%1%
Urban
20004254-99%1%
20174695-99%1%

What Do People In Finland Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Finland have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility3%Low
Water Pollution14%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility97%High
Water Quality86%High

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