The growth in tax free retail sales is continuing in the cities of Imatra and Lappeenranta in eastern Finland, which are popular shopping destinations with Russian tourists. According to Global Blue, the value of tax free sales in Imatra was almost EUR 1.8 million in February, up by 38% from the corresponding month last year.
In Lappeenranta tax free sales in February were about EUR 7.2 million, which was an increase of 11% from the year before. Tax free retail sales in the whole of Finland went up by 12% in February. The leading cities for tax free shopping in Finland are Lappeenranta, Helsinki and Imatra.
Russian tourists come to Finland on shopping trips because of the high quality and attractive prices of branded goods in Finnish retail stores, and because they can get service in their own language. Tourism to Finland is also helped by the fact that it is relatively easy for Russian visitors to get a Schengen visa.