Veganism and vegan shopping in Finland

This website, vegaanituotteet.net, supplies lists of vegan (food) products available in grocery stores and supermarkets around Finland. The site serves as a tool to help find and recognize vegan products when grocery shopping. You can also learn about animal ingredients found in food, drinks, shoes, clothing, and cosmetics, as well as information on supplements and vegan-friendly specialty shops in Finland.

The product lists can be helpful for those just beginning with veganism and for long-term vegans alike, those who are interested in reducing their intake of animal products, people with food intolerances and allergies, as well as for family members and friends of vegans.

An example of refigerated veggie products sold in regular supermarkets.

On this English summary page you will find a basic overview of vegan product availability in Finland and a translated list of animal ingredients and terminology.

Shopping for vegan food in Finland

In recent years, vegan products have gained popularity and are becoming more readily available in Finnish supermarkets and even smaller corner shops. In many stores you can find a designated veggie (“vege”) product shelf. Several Finnish food companies have developed plant-based product ranges and new products are launched seemingly weekly. Vegan options have become appealing to the population at large, and vegan products are consumed by vegans and non-vegans alike.

Basic vegetarian staples are abundant, such as fresh and frozen vegetables, fruits and berries, bread (nearly always vegan in Finland), grains, beans, canned goods, dry soy/bean products, condiments, margarine, juices, sweets, snacks and chocolate.

Every store carries tofu and plant-based dairy products. In dairy-loving Finland you can find a wide variety of vegan milks, creams, ice creams, cheeses, puddings, yogurts, even quark, cream cheeses and creme fraiche by the brands Alpro, Planti, GoGreen, Almond Breeze, Rice Dream and Oatly.

Grocery shopping in Finland: meat substitutes in the frozen section (mostly but not all vegan) and vegan-labeled loose candy assortment.

Some processed meat-subtitutes (Hälsans Kök sausages, Huhtahyvät vegetarian meats, most Quorn products) found in supermarkets are non-vegan, as they contain egg. Vegan meat-like products are sold by the brands Anamma, Oumph, Hälsans Kök, Wheaty, Bon Vegan, LikeMeat, Terra, Tzay, Apetit, Familia verde, Gold & Green (pulled oats), Verso (Härkis) and Pouttu, just to name a few. Frozen and microwavable ready-meals, lunch options and salad bars are also increasingly common. Many stores even carry vegan white chocolate and nutritional yeast.

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Vegan shop Vegekauppa in Turku.

Anything you can’t find in supermarkets, you can find in specialty shops (health food or organic) and online. In Finland there is a vegan store chain Vegekauppa, which carries an impressive variety of vegan products in its three locations (Helsinki, Tampere, Turku). Check out the rest of Finland’s vegan-friendly shops! Most larger cities have oriental or Asian markets which sell vegan items not found in regular stores.

Animal ingredients and vegan terminology in Finnish

Many packaged products have multi-language ingredient lists, sometimes including English. Very few manufacturers have adopted labelling products vegan, but once in a while  you do find some sort of logo or mention on the package.

Please note: many of the following words are also used joined with other words in the form of a compound word. Some examples: “lihaliemi” (meat broth), “kananrasva” (chicken fat) , “voiöljy” (butter oil), “juustoaromi” (cheese flavoring) and “herajauhe” (whey powder).

  • Liha – meat
  • Naudanliha / Nauta – beef
  • Sianliha / Sika – pork
  • Kinkku – ham
  • Kana – chicken
  • Kala – fish
  • Lohi – salmon
  • Poronliha / poro – reindeer
  • Hirvenliha / hirvi – moose/elk
  • Kananmuna / muna – egg
  • Keltuainen – egg yolk
  • Valkuainen – egg white
  • Maito – milk
  • Kerma – cream
  • Jogurtti – yogurt
  • Piimä – buttermilk
  • Rahka – quark
  • Kermaviili – sour cream
  • Juusto – cheese
  • Voi – butter
  • Hera – whey 
  • Laktoosi – lactose
  • Kaseiini – casein
  • Liivate – gelatin
  • Gelatiini – gelatin
  • Hunaja – honey
  • Mehiläisvaha – beeswax
  • E120 – carmine (from insects)
  • E901 – beeswax (from insects)
  • E904 – shellac (from insects)
  • Vegaaninen – vegan (adj.)
  • Vegaani – a vegan (noun)
  • Vegaaniruokavalio – a vegan diet
  • Kasviperäinen – plant-based / plant origin
  • Kasvipohjainen – plant-based
  • Vege – veggie (vegetarian or vegan)
  • Kasvissyöjä – a vegetarian
  • Kasvisruoka – vegetarian food
  • Kasvisvaihtoehto – vegetarian option