Good News from Thu, 26 April, 2012:

Finland suggests visa-free train travel to Russia

The Finnish Tourist Board estimates that visa-free travelling could double the number of Russian tourists visiting Finland. The Finnish Tourist Board estimates that visa-free travelling could double the number of Russian tourists visiting Finland.
Finland is suggesting visa-free train travel between Finland to Russia. The Finnish Economic Affairs Minister Jyri Häkämies has come out in favour of visa-free travel between Finland and Russia, including on the high-speed Allegro rail service.

Tourists can already travel visa-free from Finland to Russia with cruise ships if their trip doesn’t take longer than 72 hours.

— The main goal has to be open travel between the EU and Russia. Visa-free travel would attract more Russian tourists—and money—to Finland, YLE quotes  Häkämies saying.

Recently the Finnish Tourist Board (MEK) estimated that the visa-free travel between Finland and Russia could double the number of Russian tourists visiting Finland. Last year 3.3 million Russians made a trip to Finland, and they gave a Finnish economy a EUR 1.1 billion boost.

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