Eating out in Finland

Eating out gluten-free is generally viewed simple in Finland. Most restaurants indicate by menu symbols which dishes can be prepared gluten-free. Menus are normally also available in English. 

Finnish Coeliac Society has developed Eating out Symbol (Gluteenittoman palvelun merkki) to make gluten-free eating out easier. The caterer can inform his/her clients about gluten-free options with the symbol, and the client can trust the gluten-free know-how of the restaurant bearing it.

Symbol on the restaurant’s door, menu or website tells that the company is dedicated in safe gluten-free food. 

The Coeliac Society has granted 18 Finnish companies with the gluten-free service symbol so far. Look the companies here below or Gluteenittoman palvelun merkki

Few useful words and phrases

Here are some usefull words and phrases you might need when visiting Finland. Short translations of gluten-free diet in eight languages can be found here.

Coeliac disease =  keliakia

I have coeliac disease = Minulla on keliakia.

I cannot eat wheat, rye, barley or oats = En voi syödä vehnää, ruista, ohraa tai kauraa.

Gluten-free = gluteeniton

Very low gluten = erittäin vähägluteeninen

Wheat starch = vehnätärkkelys 

I have coeliac disease and have to follow a glutenfree diet. = Sairastan keliakiaa ja noudatan gluteenitonta ruokavaliota.

Does this food contain wheat, rye, barley or oats? =  Sisältääkö tämä ruoka vehnää, ohraa, ruista tai kauraa?  

Without sauce, please. = Ilman kastiketta, kiitos.

Thank you for your help. = Kiitos avusta.

Eating out Symbol

Finnish Coeliac Society has developed Eating out Symbol (Gluteenittoman palvelun merkki) to make gluten-free eating out easier. The caterer can inform his/her clients about gluten-free options with the symbol, and the client can trust the gluten-free know-how of the restaurant bearing it. 
The first gluten-free service symbols were granted in April 2017, and the number keeps increasing. 

Symbol on the restaurant’s door, menu or website tells that the company is dedicated in safe gluten-free food. 
There are several different looking national coeliac society symbols in use in Europe at the moment. The aim of AOECS is to get a common service symbol across Europe in the future. 

To be eligible for the symbol, the company has to go through online training, tests and audits. Most important thing in the gluten-free food services is the thorough in-house control plan in place. Everything on offer does not need to be gluten-free.