THE AREA, NUMBER OF CITIZENS, BIGGER CITIES
At the end of 2013, there were 5.45 million people living in Finland. 2.68 million men and 2.77 million women. There were 706 people who were older than 100 years. 89 men and 617 women. Nationalities divided between Finnish (89%), Swedish (5.34%), Laplanders (0.04%), Russains (1.22%) and other nationalities (4.09%). 47.7% of those people are single, 37% married and 15.3% divorced. There were 44,700 Estonians, 30,700 Russians, 8,300 Swedish and 7 400 Somalians immigrated to Finland at the end of 2013. There are 3.48 million people between ages 15-69. It’s interesting that in the year 1900, there was 2.65 million people in Finland. So in 113 years the population of Finland has more than doubled.
The bigger cities by population are Helsinki (612,600), Espoo (260,700), Tampere (220,400) and Vantaa (208,000).
FINNISH TAXIS, ORDERING AND THE TAXI CULTURE
The South-Finland three largest towns Helsingi, Espoo, Vantaa cover an area of 1,401km2/868.6mi2, containing about 15,000 streets and have about 1.1 million people. Of course you can’t compare the number of streets with New York or London, but it’s still a notable number for a taxi driver to learn.
It is estimated, there are about 5,000 regularly working taxi drivers. Adding to that, there are about 4,000 drivers who drive taxis after their day jobs.
The quality of the taxis used in Finland is mostly high. The cars in use have to be switched out every 3 years by law. The cleanliness and quality of the trip vary because of the different drivers. It’s rare that a taxi is dirty from the inside, because in Finland, it is forbidden to smoke, eat and drink in a taxi. The latter two don’t count for the driver of course. If you wish to eat or drink in a taxi yourself, I advise you to ask permission, just to be polite.
The starting fee and the kilometer charge are the same all over the country. The starting fee is 5.90 euros on workdays (6 am to 8 pm) and Saturdays (6 am to 4 pm). On holidays or Sundays the fee is 9 euros (11.25$) around the clock.
The kilometer charge depends on the number of people using the taxi. If there are 1-2 passengers, the charge is 1.52 euros (1.9$/mi). If there are 3-4 passengers, it’s 1.86 euros (2.35$/mi).