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What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

Any car is fine. No special vehicles needed. Even though there is lots of snow and ice in the winter, the Finns really know how to clear the roads well for driving. Gas is expensive! Don't bring a gas-guzzler because you will PAY at the pump. - Jul 19, 2012
A person should bring a newer car and should have the Finnish spec requirements done in the States. To get your car drivable in Finland it will cost you about 700 Euro for side blinkers and a back-up light. Auto inspection is 120 Euros every year, Insurance 500+, Gas 7.50 usd a gallon (although we get it duty free). Bring snow tires or all-weather tires (which are required). You can get everything here, though. - Jan 23, 2011
I would go with a smaller car, as the streets are narrow and the parking garages can be quite difficult to get into if you have a big American car or truck. - May 9, 2010
You don't really need a car in Helsinki, but if you bring one, don't bring a large car. A smaller SUV or a sedan or station wagon will work. Just double check to make sure you can get parts here. Your car will need to be inspected first so you may not want to bring an older model car here. It may cost too much to bring up to Finnish code. - Apr 4, 2009
Anything you want although repairs and parts for American cars can be expensive. All cars must meet European inspection requirements. - Mar 26, 2008