Helsinki - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

As you'd expect in the West. - Dec 2022

At work, Finns dress similar to Americans on the East Coast: business suits, professional dresses, business casual on occasion, etc. Outside of work, hiking and athletic attire are very common. - Oct 2021

Finns are slightly more casual than Americans. Among business and government professionals, open-collared shirts and sport-jackets are much more common than suits. Jeans are even acceptable in many workplaces. However, Finns have a formal streak when it comes to dinners and special events, which are often black-tie, whereas in the U.S. they would only be suit-and-tie. - Oct 2018

Business or business casual. The weather is pleasant. So it is never uncomfortable to wear formal or business attire. - Jul 2012

Smart business causal, European causal. - Jan 2011

Business dress at work and casual otherwise. - May 2010

At work, business to business casual. In public, anything goes. - Apr 2009

Business casual. In public, everything goes. Young Finns tend to love goth and punk styles (lots of green, purple and orange hair). As a rule, people dress pretty conservative. No skimpy mini skirs or plunging necklines. - Mar 2008

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