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A brief reminder if anyone has not been looking at the calendar that today is New Year's Eve and tomorrow, Saturday, will be a holiday to mark the arrival of 2011.
This will mean some changes to shop opening hours on Saturday (in the main, they won't be open, and this includes the Alko liquor stores, so if you want champagne, you'll have to get it before 18:00 tonight!), and Sunday services will be in effect on public transport on New Year's Day.
Basically the same rules apply as always on public holidays, and probably your best bet is to read the (Finnish-language) memo from Thursday's Helsingin Sanomat, which we have linked here.
If your Finnish really isn't up to it, get a friend to help out.
We have also linked to our earlier Christmas note, which contains its own external links to public transport operators such as VR (Finnish Railways) and Helsinki Region Transport.
Fireworks are big here at New Year's, but the regulations are getting progressively tighter and you can let them off only between 18:00 on New Year's Eve and 2 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Do please take care with them, as you really do not wish to become an A&E statistic in our Monday edition.
The same goes for candles, by the way.
The fire service could do with a quiet night, and if the weather forecast is anything to be believed, the year is going to change under pretty chilly conditions, so shivering outside as your home burns merrily isn't really a great way to start 2011.
A Very Happy New Year to All!