Finland, known for being home to vast green forests and beautiful landscapes, and thousands of stunning lakes, as well as for the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, is a magical country like no other. Also featuring art-filled cities and a variety of attractions for young and old, it is surprising that Finland is not as popular of a holiday destination as it should be. Because Muslim travelers are now venturing out of their comfort zones and visiting destinations that are known to be less Muslim-friendly in comparison to cities such as Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, this guide aims to show Muslims that Finland can be a wonderful site for a memorable holiday, by providing a list of Finland’s mosques in the pre-dominantly Christian county. Muslim tourists should know that while finding mosques in Finland will be quite difficult, it is not impossible.
The vibrant city of Helsinki is Finland’s capital and is also the most Muslim-friendly city in the country. Housing a variety of museums and parks, and featuring stunning natural landscapes, shopping sites, and impressive architecture, Helsinki absolutely must be explored. The city also houses a sizeable number of Muslims; consisting of both, immigrants and Finnish reverts, and while there aren’t many mosques in Finland, a number of the few prayer facilities that the country does have, can be found in Helsinki. Masjid al-Iman, Masjid Darul Aman, the Helsinki Islamic Centre and Suomen Islamilainen Yhdyskunta are just a few prayer facilities in Helsinki. Muslim visitors will also be able to find a handful of Halal restaurants in Helsinki, many of which are sure to be situated in close proximity to the mosques and Islamic centers in the city.
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Vaasa, on Finland’s West Coast, is a city that played an important part in the time that Finland was ruled by Sweden. Today, residents of the city are bilingual, and speak both Finnish and Swedish. Also consisting of a number of great museums and parks, like Helsinki, Vaasa differentiates itself by being known as one of Finland’s sunniest cities. With regard to finding mosques in Vaasa, Muslim tourists will be able to find prayer facilities in Vaasa, at the Vaasa Islamic Society. After a fun day of sightseeing, Muslim tourists can then head to Kaavya Cuisine, a restaurant known to serve Halal food in Vaasa.
The scenic city of Tampere might just be one of Finland’s most-loved destinations. Home to picture-perfect countryside’s, lakes and parks, and fascinating museums, this lively city has become a favorite amongst visitors from across the globe. The city also consists of a small Muslim population, which means that Muslim tourists will be able to find prayer facilities and mosques in Tampere, namely the Tampere City Centre Mosque or Tampereen Islamin Yhdyskunta. Muslim visitors will only be able to find one or two Halal restaurants in Tampere.
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Known for its rich cultural history, Finland’s Turku is another must-visit destination. Turku Castle, the Market Square, Aura River and the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre are a few highlights of the city. For travelers in search of mosques in Turku, the Madina Masjid Turku or Turun Islamilainen Yhdyskunta is the one known prayer facility in Turku. While Turku is filled with a variety of fantastic restaurants, Muslim visitors will discover that only a couple of them serve Halal food.
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Other mosques in Finland include Masjid Al-Huda in Kuopio, Masjid Al Taqwa in Espoo, Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddique and Masjid An-Noor, which are also located in Espoo and Islamilainen valistusyhdistys Al-Hamd ry in Lahiti.