andaman
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The Russians Are Coming!

Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:27 pm

Around this New Year Finland had a boom of Russian tourists, according to a Finnish paper around 80,000 Russians arrived. They visited ski centers, spas and did shopping - a Russian tourist said in the paper that Moscow has become so expensive that it makes sense to travel to Finland where expensive brands cost less and you don't need to worry for fake copies.
Paper said that now also the Russian middle class travels.

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When I was a young boy in 1980s our class was asked to keep company for a group of teens from Soviet Estonia. I think it was very exiting for both sides, though our new Estonian friends from behind the iron curtain were not that interested in the 'Cultural Exhange Program', they were more interested in things like shopping centers and hamburgers. And we Finns didn't mind at all.
That time Estonians could watch Finnish tv, though Soviet Union tried to stop that, western tv series like Dallas must had been as popular in Tallinn as they were in Helsinki  Smile
How different the world was 25y ago...
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RE: The Russians Are Coming!

Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:35 am

Oh how the times change! The cry 'Russians are coming' from Finland meant something so much different about half a century ago. Good for the both of you.
 
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RE: The Russians Are Coming!

Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:56 am

Yes, the middle class is definitely out there now. Moscow is extremely expensive. To the point where it's just unbelievable. Most families are now able to travel on vacation. Europe, Asia, UAE, Egypt... places like that have seen a huge boom in Russian travelers.

Nost of my family does a great deal of their shopping outside the Russian border. Walking around downtown Moscow and just going into some of the stores is a mind blowing experience.

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RE: The Russians Are Coming!

Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:37 am

Quoting Andaman (Thread starter):
Around this New Year Finland had a boom of Russian tourists,

It's not only Finland. If not for Russian tourists, the mountain resorts in Slovakia would be empty.
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andaman
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RE: The Russians Are Coming!

Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:51 am

Quoting Bravo45 (Reply 1):
Oh how the times change! The cry 'Russians are coming' from Finland meant something so much different about half a century ago. Good for the both of you.

Luckily last time they never reached Helsinki  Smile
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