90% of all Finnish visas to Russians

Finnish embassies handled a record number of visa applications last year. The number of applications was in excess of 800,000, 12 per cent higher than in 2007. The main area of growth was Russia, with 90 per cent of all applications being made there. This represents a 15 per cent increase on previous years. The rise in numbers was especially high in the St. Petersburg area, which saw over half a million applications.

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