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Epiphany public holiday brings schedule changes and closures

Finland celebrates Epiphany tomorrow Friday, which means most government offices, businesses and schools will be closed for the day. Public transport schedules will largely follow Sunday timetables. Deregulation of shop opening hours earlier in the year will however allow many retail vendors to keep their doors open.

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Rubbish collectors in the Helsinki metropolitan area will dispose of Christmas trees placed by waste containers free of charge for chipping. Image: Derrick Frilund / Yle

Friday January 6 is the twelfth day of Christmas, also known as Epiphany. The final day of the Christmas holiday season is recognised as a public holiday in Finland, and this will cause changes to transport and service schedules.

Of the retail chains, Kesko has announced that all of its K stores, including the K Citymarkets and Supermarkets, will in theory be open on Epiphany, but each shop owner is free to decide on the matter individually according to demand. 

The S Group also says each of its outlets will be open. Lidl chain stores will likewise be open as normal for a Friday.

The state-owned Alko liquor stores will be open as normal on Thursday, but closed for the holiday on Friday.

Long-distance VR trains will operate according to their Sunday timetables on Epiphany. Trains that normally run on Sundays only will not depart, however.

Public HSL transport in the capital city region will observe the normal Friday schedule on Thursday and the Sunday timetables on Friday.

The coach service Matkahuolto asks that customer check their Epiphany departures at its website.

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