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Finland Closes for All Saint's Day

Most shops in Finland are closed on Saturday for All Saints' Day. However, stores will open their doors on Sunday for the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Hautakiviä Pirkkalan hautausmaalla.
Image: YLE / Antti Eintola

State-run Alko alcohol retail stores are also closed for the holiday. Some kiosks and gas station convenience stores may, however, be open on Saturday.

Travellers should also be prepared for changes in public transport timetables.

Long distance trains today are running on regular Saturday schedules; however, seven train routes have been cancelled. Local trains and Matkahuolto buses are operating on Sunday timetables.

All Saint’s Day is a western Christian remembrance day for passed loved ones. Many Finnish families visit the graves of family members on this day. The custom of decorating headstones with candles and flowers on All Saint’s Day emerged after the Second World War.

All Saint’s Day is the fifth most popular day for Finns to attend religious services.

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