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Finland's Border Guards brace for seasonal influx of Russian tourists

Last year officials at Finland's southeastern border recorded up to 38,000 crossings in one day, according to local Border Guards.

Venäläisturisti Nuijamaan rajanylityspaikalla perjantaina 11. tammikuuta 2013.
Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

Border Guards in southeast Finland are preparing for a brisk period of border crossings from Russia in the New Year. The period has traditionally been one of the busiest for border crossing points in the region.

Officials expect the pace and number of border crossings to pick up during the weekend ahead, as Russian tourists arrive in Finland for vacations and post-Christmas sales.

The busiest period for the seasonal border crossings is expected to be the first weekend in January, when Russian tourists pour into Finland and the second week in January, when visitors return home.

The Border Guards said that it will aim to deploy as many personnel as possible during the most active periods.

During the busiest period last year, officials recorded a total of nearly 38,000 border crossings in one day, with the highest number of crossings taking place at the Nuijamaa checkpoint near Lappeenranta.

This year officials say they expect the same volume of traffic. The Border Guards said that it will provide updates about crossings via Twitter.

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