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Charge cards

Finland belongs to the SEPA area (Single Euro Payment Area). Here you can pay for shopping and withdraw cash from ATM machines with an EMV-chip international charge card, such as VISA, MasterCard, and VisaElectron. ATM machines are marked by orange signs that read ’OTTO’.

One can pay for almost anything with a debit card, but it’s good to have some cash at hand for when you want to travel by bus or shop in the market place or at very small shops.


Traffic signs inform how vehicles can be parked in the Kuopio city centre, either on the street or in one of the city’s multi-storey carparks. Street side parking is charged weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm, and Saturdays between 8 am and 3 pm. Payment can be made using a parking metre or a ticket vending machine.

Kuopio City’s multi-storey carparks are situated under the marketplace, and on the streets called Haapaniemenkatu and Maaherrankatu. In the city centre you can also find private carparks such as the underground carparks at Minna shopping centre and Aapeli shopping centre. Carparks can also be found on the roof of Vihtori building, behind Sokos department store, and on Vuorikatu.
Fines for illegal parking range from 50 – 80 euros.

To buy alcoholic drinks, visit an Alko store

The state-owned company Alko Oy has a monopoly on retail sales of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of over 5,5 %.
Mild alcoholic beverages, such as medium-strength beers and ciders, can be purchased from grocery stores, kiosks and service stations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The legal age for buying mild alcoholic beverages is 18 years, and for strong alcoholic drinks 20 years.
The Alko store in Kuopio city centre is located on the basement floor of the Sokos Department Store. Other Alko outlets are located in the Petonen area and in the shopping centres Prisma Savilahti, Citymarket Kolmisoppi and Citymarket Päiväranta.
Alko stores in the Kuopio region are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.