Helsinki - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

Finland is very accessible. It has strong protections and regulations similar to ADA in the U.S. - Oct 2021


Helsinki is fully handicapped-accessible. - Oct 2018


None. - Jul 2012


The biggest difficulty would be getting through the snow. They clear the snow, but it would be very difficult to get in and out of most places in the winter. - Jan 2011


In my 3 years here I have never seen a wheelchair on a tram, bus or train. A wheelchair with small wheels in front will constantly get stuck in the rain gutters that run across sidewalks, and you will have to go backwards to get over them. Plus there are a lot of cobblestones downtown and not many sidewalks in the suburban areas. - May 2010


Quite possibly yes. The streets are primarily cobblestone, but the curbs do have ramps. The trams are not accessible. I'm not sure about the buses. - Apr 2009


The only difficulty would be if you live in an old building (as in built in the early 1900's or late 1800's), it may not have a lift. Otherwise, sidewalks are well kept and all malls have elevators. - Mar 2008


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