Best VPNs for Finland
There is no country in the world with absolutely perfect conditions for freedom of the Internet, and Finland is no exception. Though generally a very progressive and free state, it still implements certain restrictions on the use of the Web. To overcome them, it is prudent to think about getting a virtual private network.
How does one choose a good VPN for Finland?
And indeed, the VPN market is rife with low-quality services that don’t do much to increase one’s privacy and help them unblock restricted services. Achieving these and other goals that a VPN should cope with is not an easy task as it requires serious investments into infrastructure and technological development of a service.
Regrettably, a lot of unscrupulous “business people” attempt to use the growing demand for virtual networks by creating low-effort apps that do nothing they should for the money they cost.
People paying for such services without doing due diligence prior to that risk wasting their money and even, in the extreme cases, lending their IP addresses to criminals.
To help the Finnish netizens avoid such a fate, we have come up with these two lists of good VPN services.
The first one specifies the best of the best VPNs - ones that are guaranteed to give you no trouble and protect you online. The second one deals with free VPNs. As you can imagine, those are considerably less powerful than their paid counterparts but still have their limited use.
Read on to find out what our 5-month test showed.
- ExpressVPN: The best provider offering unlimited bandwidth and DNS leak protection.
- NordVPN: Fast VPN provider with extra security functions and friendly customer support.
- Surfshark: One of the best VPNs with fast speeds and secure protocols.
- CyberGhost VPN: Amazing provider with a 45-day money-back guarantee.
- PIA: Great VPN with simple applications and a 7-day money-back guarantee.
- Warning: Technical specifications of any given service may change rather quickly. While we at CoolTechZone try to update all our articles to reflect that in a timely manner, it’s still a good idea to check the basic characteristics of a service before buying it - just to be sure.
As we have already mentioned, Finland is a pretty open country in terms of Internet freedom. People here can express their opinions online freely without fearing any repercussions.
What efforts the Finnish government has taken in terms of restricting the Internet access were aimed primarily at sites hosting child pornography. An absolutely understandable undertaking, it was somewhat undermined by the seeming inaccuracy with which such measures were implemented.
As it became known, many sites got on the to-be-blocked list for very little reason as they had nothing to do with illicit depictions of children. Among them were websites for homosexuals, pornography sites with legal content, and even stuff completely unrelated to child porn in any way whatsoever such as a forum for Windows users.
In a twisted bout of irony, an activist website specifying the problems that had arisen from these blocks was also blocked.
A few years later, in 2012, the Finnish government also took steps to restrict its citizens from accessing The Pirate Bay. A number of ISPs were issued orders to block the website for their customers, including the ones called DNA, Elisa, and TeliaSonera, whose clients at the time accounted for 80% of all Finnish broadband users:
Tekijänoikeuden tiedotus- ja valvontakeskus ja äänitetuottajien kattojärjestö IFPI aloittivat sodan The Pirate Bay -torrent-sivustoa vastaan toukokuussa 2011, jolloin ne jättivät kanteen Helsingin käräjäoikeuteen. Päämääränä oli estää Elisan verkosta pääsy The Pirate Bayn sivuille. Elisa kieltäytyi pyynnöistä, mutta esti pääsyn lopulta lokakuussa 2011 käräjäoikeuden päätöksellä.
The problem is, The Pirate Bay, despite its rather telling name, does not host any pirated content but merely links to other places where it is stored. Additionally, there’s plenty of legal content to be found with its help so blocking it does remind one of cutting blocks with a razor.
But using a good VPN, a Finnish customer can access TPB and any other torrent site with ease.
We have been testing many VPNs for a long time to see how well they perform in Finland. Now, after 5 months of research, we can safely say that ExpressVPN is the hands-down best service for any purpose.
However, and we should emphasize it, it is not without some minor quirks and imperfections. To account for those, we have also found four other VPNs, each of which is useful in its own way. With that in mind, let’s get started.
Best VPNs for Finland:: Main characteristics comparison
|Service||Score (out of 10)||Speed, Mbps||Country selection||Number of servers||Torrenting||Price (monthly)|
- More countries than other services have
- Best speeds
- Incredible security
ExpressVPN wins the first place on this ranking due to its truly diligent work in the past 11 years. It is a service that has been constantly working to improve its customers’ experience.
Its best feature is the level of security it provides. With diskless servers, it is impossible for ExpressVPN to store its clients’ browsing data so that it can’t be given to the authorities or sold to advertisers. Most VPNs want you to take their word that they don’t do such a thing but ExpressVPN pioneers the implementation of new technology that really ends the argument about trust.
Despite its heavy safety, ExpressVPN provides great speeds. Whether you want to watch a movie on Netflix in Ultra HD or torrent a 100 Gb file (with perfectly legal content, of course) from The Pirate Bay, this provider gives you the opportunity to do without any annoyance.
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- All-round great service
- A bit pricey
- Fast and secure
- Great for censorship-heavy countries
- Has a ton of servers
- Easy to set up
NordVPN is another superb service. Despite not being placed first on this list, it is almost equal in its power to ExpressVPN.
Its obfuscation feature allows one to completely hide the fact that a VPN is being used to bypass anti-VPN protection that some countries like China implement. While in Finland this function isn’t particularly necessary, it is a good fit for those who travel a lot.
With its almost 5500 servers, NordVPN lets one choose a location as close to their real one as possible, providing for higher speeds. Moreover, those locations are easy to find and connect to due to the interactive map the apps of this service have.
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- Powerful settings
- Large infrastructure
- Cheaper than ExpressVPN on the longest subscription
- The cheapest good VPN
- Torrenting made easy
- Good choice of countries
Surfshark can easily outdo even the previous two services in terms of popularity due to its super-low price. Seriously, you won’t find a good VPN that costs at least as little as Surfshark, let alone less.
Its security is on a very good level though not quite as high as that of ExpressVPN and NordVPN. Still, if money is a concern for you, Surfshark’s small price shouldn’t discourage you from getting it.
This service is a bit lacking in terms of the number of servers as it has just 1700 of them. However, they are distributed over 61 countries, which makes up for it in a way.
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- Great price-to-quality ratio
- Good apps
- Fast and secure
- The biggest infrastructure
- Special servers
- Good enough security
CyberGhost VPN is quite a powerful service. Arguably, the best thing about it is its enormous infrastructure that has around the same number of servers as NordVPN and almost as many countries as ExpressVPN (do note that these numbers tend to change a lot so precise comparisons can only be very short-lived).
What is more, CyberGhost has servers specifically dedicated to P2P. They are marked as such in its apps. They make it easier and faster to access torrenting sites and use them in a perfectly legal manner.
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- Convenient server tags
- Not too pricey
- Great coverage
- Good security
- Many options
- A lot of servers
Private Internet Access is characterized by its adherence to providing its customers with the fullest set of settings imaginable. It allows one to control basically everything related to VPN protocols, encryption, etc.
Last year, this service was acquired by Kape Technologies, the company that also owns CyberGhost. Due to its less-than-stellar past, some netizens expressed their concerns over it. So far, however, PIA seems to be going as strong as ever.
|1 month||6 months||1 year|
- Good level of customizability
- Good speeds and security
- Somewhat questionable owner
Besides the best services for Finland, we have prepared 5 more free ones for you to consider.
Warning: You should know that free products almost 100% of the time are inferior to their paid counterparts. This is due to the fact that they don’t make their creators money. To compensate for that, various tactics are used, such as limiting the free app in certain ways or playing ads excessively in it.
ProtonVPN doesn’t limit your traffic, making it the best free VPN. Its reputation is also very high. However, be prepared for low speeds if you use this one.
With 10 Gb of monthly traffic, Windscribe is one of the most generous free VPNs. However, its speeds are very poor
If the speeds of the last two services don’t do it for you, hide.me is a good alternative. It does, however, only give you 2 Gb a month.
This VPN is only free for 7 days on iOS, during which time it gives you 500 Mb a day. Be sure to read the terms carefully before signing up for it
This fun and animated service, sadly, only gives you 500-1500 Mb per month. Since it also allows torrenting, it is doubly sad.
Is there a point to using a VPN for torrenting?
There is. First of all, as some torrenting sites are blocked in Finland, this is the only way to access them. Moreover, many ISPs dislike their customers using P2P because it eats up too much bandwidth and tend to throttle their speed if they find out. With a VPN, they’ll remain none the wiser as to what you do online!
My banking account doesn’t work with a VPN. What do I do?
In this case, try connecting to a Finnish server.
What can I use a Finnish IP for?
- To access some Finland-only content while being protected.
- To do the same from abroad.
- To get the best speed you can with a VPN.