15 years old – You can be held accountable for your own actions, which basically means that you can be convicted for any crimes you may have committed. You can get a moped/tractor license.
18 years old – You are considered an adult. You are allowed to vote at the elections. You can get a drivers license for a car, a truck or a motorcycle. You are also allowed to go in to a licensed restaurant. You can buy mild alcoholic drinks and cigarettes from the shop. You are allowed to use slot machines.
20 years old – You are allowed to buy strong alcoholic drinks from the shop. You can also go on a cruise on weekdays without an over 30 year old supervisor.
21 years old – You can get a drivers license for heavy vehicle combination or a bus.
23 years old – You may go on a cruise on weekends without an over 30 year old supervisor.
Here are some examples of things which are prohibited and permitted in Finland
- physical disciplining of children
- use and possession of narcotics
- driving a vehicle whilst intoxicated (drunk driving, the limit is 0.5 per mill)
- discrimination on the grounds of race, religion or gender
- sexual relations with a person under the age of 16
- to hold meetings and establish and join, e.g., organisations
- to express various opinions publicly
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs