There are only a handful of things left to talk about, which you will get in the form of a well-organized and comprehensive package to make your lives easier. I have collected bits that are interesting, unique, but not necessarily connected to the sex-trade, still it is good to know about them.
However, before talking about the specific examples you will get a brief description of the crime in general in the country. Finland is one of the safest places on the Earth (it is highly likely that the country you come from is less safe), the crime rate is really low in the cities as well as in the smaller villages. Racism barely and rarely appears, and corruption is non-existent here. It is so safe, that people even leave the buggies outside with the babies inside them when doing the shopping in smaller shops, and most of them do not lock their front doors either (just like in Canada). But. If you have a bicycle (either your own or rented), be careful as thieves are out there to get them, do not leave them unattended!
Once the bike is safe, I will carry on with the question of smoking. Finland is an anti-smoking country. It has been forbidden to advertise tobacco products since the seventies, smoking has been banned from workplaces in 1995, and you cannot smoke in the restaurants, bars and pubs either since 2006. However, if you are a smoker (I completely understand if you like to have a fag before and after – although it is not good for the skin, it decreases your lung-capacity, which then reduces the efficiency of your deep-throat technique, so…ask yourself, is it worth it?), you will only be able to get hold of your daily tobacco dosage in licenced places (which can only be sold to over 18s). In exchange for that you cannot smoke nearly anywhere in the country (most of the landlords will not let you smoke in their apartments either), it is illegal to smoke close to schools, nursery schools, on public transport vehicles, and it is prohibited even on outdoor events like concerts.
After tobacco products and smoking rules we have to talk about the other drugs, too, although this will be a shorter story as alcohol consumption and alcoholism are much bigger problems in today’s Finland than the use of illegal substances. Finland is not considered an important destination country of the drug-trade and industry, but because of its location (the close proximity to Russia, Estonia, and Latvia); it has somewhat become a transit country for the traders. In addition, once you carry a huge load of cocaine all over a country, it is unavoidable for some of them to find their ways to the street as well (but luckily not as much as in Denmark for instance).
Unfortunately, the rate of illegal substance use is very high amongst prostitutes, escorts and other sex-workers. The most popular (if we can say that) is the cannabis; it is relatively cheap, it slows and calms you down a little, exactly what you need after a busy 10-12 hour shift full of anal and oral action, but it is widely used by students as well (according to research mainly the bad-students smoke cannabis). The second most widely used ones are the amphetamines and the methamphetamines, ecstasy; they give you a boost and get you up to speed so you can do your job easier, quicker, and more efficiently.
Do not think though that you are in the Netherlands (although most of the Finn drugs come from there), it is illegal to use any of them (cannabis included). The law strikes down on those of you who are caught with drugs, owning and using them will get you a fine or a maximum of 6 months in prison, but distributing, or cultivating them can put you behind bars for up to 2 years, and if you deal with extremely dangerous drugs and distribute to the masses or endangered people (like children, or old sick people), then you can face a prison sentence up to 10 years!
However, there is another string attached to the whole topic; we can look at things from a health perspective. There are at least 35 special institutes, so called health centres in Finland (mainly in or close to bigger cities) where the addicts can be assisted, helped (they can get clean needles or be admitted to addiction treatment programs) or treated when overdosed – as part of the very efficient and high quality Finnish drug-prevention program (the rules about the needle-exchange have existed since the great HIV epidemic of 1998).
After the drugs, comes the alcohol, the favourite brain-killer of the Finnish. The law is clear about alcohol; no under 18s can buy alcoholic drinks whatsoever, those from 18 to 20 can buy “soft” or “light” alcoholic drinks (beer and wine up to 22% of alcohol), the over 20s can buy and drink anything and as much as they like. You can buy beer and cider in the supermarkets until 9 o’clock in the evening, but anything stronger than 4.6% can only be bought from the “Alko”, a monopoly owned and regulated by the state. Just like in the other Northern European countries, you cannot drink-and-drive in Finland either, or at least keep you blood-alcohol level below 0.05% (about half glass of wine). If you break the law however – depending on the blood-alcohol level – you can face up to 2 years in prison (usually suspended), and you can get banned from driving for up to 5 years.
Although most of you are girls reading this, for the sake of male and shemale escorts - or any gender that has what I call the “persuader” (penis) – I will share another interesting thing that is rather connected to the free time activities not the sex-topic, but it is typically Finnish. This is the famous so called “Everyman’s Right” (no, it is not about the right to hump everyone and everything freely). The point of this rule is to let all men roam freely in the nature, in forests and by the lakes and rivers without asking for the permission of the land’s owner. It is a very old rule, which has grown to be a law over the centuries, and it practically means that you can feel free to walk, hike and camp in the nature, row on the lakes and rivers without having to worry that you are trespassing on someone’s land. They only ask one thing though: please, keep some distance, at least do not set your camp right under the bedroom window of the property owner. It is nice of them.
As most of you are reading this because you are planning to become a professional sex-worker or escort to practice the trade in Finland, it is vital for you to know when it is best for you to visit the country. Tourists like to travel in the summer, because weather is nice and the days are longer, but as a sex-worker, this might not be a bright idea. In the next few paragraphs, I will detail then when you should and when you should not travel to Finland with the aim to work, but most of these hints are somewhat general and can be applied to any of the Scandinavian countries – apart from a few minor differences.
I will start with the bad. The popular holiday seasons – like the school breaks and summer holidays – are especially useless and unprofitable, it will be nearly impossible for you to find paying customers in great numbers, most of the Finns either go on holiday with or without their families, but nearly always go away for some time and buy sexual services in the destination country instead – or just simply rest. With this move, the biggest number of the possible paying customers vanish from the market, and those who stay are either too old to have a hard-on, or are foreign workers and go back to their home countries to spend the summer with their families and loved ones. So summer is for taking rest and relaxing, or if you are desperate for some work, then choose another destination where summer is the main season of the sex-trade (some tropical island with lots of sunshine and good weather).
Be careful with the special events and celebrations though – Valentine’s Day is not the day of escorts and prostitutes, but the lovers and the married, so do not expect record breaking amounts of horny clients that day. But I could easily say that about any other festivity or public holiday, as most of you clients will be married men with families (!), the husband would hardly be able to get away from the missus unnoticed, they probably have to take part in some riveting family events. You do not necessarily have to give up on such periods though, just be prepared for a lack of clients that time. And how come it is the married man? – You might ask, rightfully. Naïve question. Most men in long-term relationships or marriages get bored of the missus after some time, but still feel the urge to have sex, and after such a long “off-period” the men just forget how to date women – and let us be honest, they are too busy and lazy to try. It is easy to see, that the first hand solution here is to use the services of an escort; quick, simple, clean source of pleasure without the must-have bullshit and the usual messing around with first date, second date and so on, it is just a really effective business relationship and transaction. Many of the men think of using the services of a prostitute as a fully natural and accepted way of satisfying the needs of men, it is not considered cheating, as there are no real feelings involved.
The favourite period for sex workers lasts from the beginning of August (which typically marks the end of the school summer break), all the way to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, that is when the market (and demand) is at its best. The reason is, that those “model-fathers/husbands” get tired of the time spent with the family, they had the kids and the wife around all summer long, they had to travel here – travel there, by the time the summer break ends the parents are happy to get back to their jobs so they can have some rest . It has to be said though, that being able to create a very good “alibi” (like having to do overtime for the summer holidays taken) also somewhat increases the chance that you will find clients queuing up for a “full-body service” .
The other really busy time is the Christmas period (plus - minus a few more days, and I do not mean Christmas Eve, that is for the unfaithful daddies to stock up on carbohydrates for the after party ). At these times, the bigger the family the more time and money can be spent on “present hunting-shopping activities”, no one will notice if the boy gets a few hundred euros cheaper snowmobile for Christmas, and the difference is used up by daddy in the local massage parlour (what he will visit soon again in the New Year to get some rest after the long, tiresome and annoying family program). And those who are single will certainly welcome the idea to spend the festive season in a sexy escort’s company (even though they have to pay for it dearly), at least they get some wonderful and truly unforgettable Christmas present (like a sexy little “under-dressed” shemale escort wearing Santa’s or one of its helper’s uniform, giving you oral and anal pleasuring – or something similar). The period following the New Year is then good again all the way to the summer break, just bare those family events in mind!