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Online Shopping from Finland

Introduction
Online shopping is brilliant for convenience, price and selection. For foreigners in Finland it also means access to 'products from home' that Finns have never heard of! However, you need to protect yourself against disappointment in the case of a badly chosen purchase, unexpected costs or worse still, fraudulent or criminal activity.

ALV / VAT and Customs Duty

Note: Restrictions and exceptions to the following rules apply. For example, new motor vehicles and excisable goods such as tobacco and alcohol are subject to different tax and import laws.

EU Retailers: If you make an online purchase from a Finnish retailer or from another EU member state, ALV / VAT will be included in the price under the EU VAT Agreement. These purchases will not be liable to additional sales tax or customs duties upon arrival in Finland.

Non-EU Retailers: Online purchases from outside the EU may be liable to customs duties &/or sales tax. Very briefly:
Duty free threshold: There is no customs duty if the total value* of goods does not exceed €150
Tax-free threshold: There is no VAT if the total value* of goods does not exceed €22
*Total value is not just the purchase price. It also includes items such as postage. See Finnish Customs for details on calculating total value.
*This information is from 2016 - check authorities for updates.

More information: Finnish Customs' Ordering Goods Online section

Positive Online Shopping

Making the most of online shopping is mostly a matter of common sense and taking your time.

Registration at Finnish Retail Sites

You generally cannot register at a Verkkokauppa (Finnish online shop) while it is open in Google Translate. If you need language help during registration:

Shopping Directory: Online Retailers

The following retailers are all well established. With the exception of AliExpress they are all operating under the EU VAT Agreement, so your purchase will not be liable to customs duty or ALV / VAT upon arrival in Finland.

Some sites are in Finnish only. Many are part of the retail groups discussed on the Loyalty Cards page, so you can use your loyalty cards for further benefits when making purchases. You generally need to register to make an online purchase.

'International Superstores'

Tip: Thoroughly check the Customer Reviews and Product Details for any purchase you're not familiar with to minimise your chances of disappointment!

AliExpress

Amazon

02.02.17 Amazon Germany Offers FREE SHIPPING to Finland
Applies to orders over 39€ on products marked “FREE Delivery”.
Site available in English, Dutch, Polish, and Turkish as well as German
www.amazon.de

By Product

*AliExpress purchases may be subject to tax / duty

Books in English
Books in Finland aren't cheap! Some online alternatives:
ebooks: Great for selection and convenience. www.ebooks.com has a massive selection of academic, professional and popular publications.
Second-hand Books: AbeBooks.com  I usually get 7 or 8 good condition 2nd hand books delivered from this U.K. site for the same price as 1 or 2 new books here. Numerous Booksellers operate through AbeBooks with varying selections, prices and shipping charges. Shop around and be wary of shipping costs! Some booksellers offer discount shipping for each additional book purchased, so it's often good to buy all the books in your shipment from one bookseller.

Clothes (many also sell shoes & accessories)
Naiset = Women's, Miehet = Men's, Lapset = Children's
W=Women's M=Men's C=Children's
AliExpress www.aliexpress.com
Amazon www.amazon.co.uk W/M/C
Asos www.asos.com W/M
Boohoo www.boohoo.com W/M
Bubbleroom www.bubbleroom.fi W/M
Citymarket www.k-citymarket.fi W/M/C
Ellos www.ellos.fi W/M/C
Ginatricot www.ginatricot.com W
H&M www.hm.com/fi W/M/C
Halens www.halens.fi W/M/C
Lindex www.lindex.com W/C
Nelly nelly.com W/M/C
Prisma www.prisma.fi/fi/prisma C
Pukumies www.pukumies.fi M/W
Sokos www.sokos.fi W/M/C
Stockmann www.stockmann.com W/M/C
Topshop www.eu.topshop.com W
Zalando www.zalando.fi W/M/C

Department Stores
AliExpress www.aliexpress.com
Amazon www.amazon.co.uk
Clas Ohlson www.clasohlson.com/fi/
Ellos www.ellos.fi
Hobby Hall www.hobbyhall.fi
Sokos www.sokos.fi
Stockmann www.stockmann.com
Tokmanni Group www.tokmanni.fi

Electronics, Computers & Accessories, Home Appliances
AliExpress www.aliexpress.com
Citymarket www.k-citymarket.fi
Clas Ohlson www.clasohlson.com/fi/
Euronics www.euronics.fi
Expert www.expert.fi
Gigantti www.gigantti.fi
Hobby Hall www.hobbyhall.fi
Power www.power.fi
Prisma www.prisma.fi/fi/prisma
Sokos www.sokos.fi
Stockmann www.stockmann.com
Tekniset www.tekniset.fi
Verkkokauppa www.verkkokauppa.com

Eyewear & Opticians
AliExpress www.aliexpress.com (Eyewear)
Amazon www.amazon.co.uk (Eyewear)
Instrumentarium www.instru.fi
Silmäasema www.silmaasema.fi

Furniture & Interior
Ellos www.ellos.fi
Hobby Hall www.hobbyhall.fi
IKEA www.ikea.fi
Jysk www.jysk.fi
Unikulma *Beds www.unikulma.fi

Hardware / DIY / Home Improvement
AliExpress www.aliexpress.com
Clas Ohlson www.clasohlson.com/fi/
Hankkija www.hankkija.fi
Kodin Terra www.piha.kodinterra.fi
K-rauta www.k-rauta.fi

Hypermarkets - combined supermarket / department stores
Amazon www.amazon.co.uk
Citymarket www.k-citymarket.fi
Prisma www.prisma.fi/fi/prisma

Shoes
W=Women's M=Men's C=Children's
Naiset = Women's, Miehet = Men's, Lapset = Children's
AliExpress www.aliexpress.com W/M/C
Amazon www.amazon.co.uk W/M/C
Brandos www.brandos.fi W/M/C
Citymarket www.k-citymarket.fi W/M/C
Ellos www.ellos.fi W/M/C
Kookenkä www.kookenka.fi W/M/C
Sokos www.sokos.fi W/M/C
Stockmann www.stockmann.com W/M/C

Sports Equipment / Accessories / Clothing
AliExpress www.aliexpress.com
Amazon www.amazon.co.uk
Budget Sport www.budgetsport.fi
Ellos www.ellos.fi
Hobby Hall www.hobbyhall.fi
Intersport www.intersport.fi
Partioaitta www.partioaitta.fi
Top-Sport www.topsport.fi
XXL www.xxl.fi

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