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Alternate meaning: Virtual reality
VR is the only railway company in Finland, state-owned, and formerly known as Valtionrautatiet. Its most important function is the operation of freight and passenger rail services. Maintenance and construction of the railway network itself is the responsibility of the Finnish Rail Administration (Ratahallintokeskus - RHK).

Companies in the VR group also provide road freight and bus services, carry out catering activities and real estate management, and provide data, technological, and telecommunications services for the transport and logistics sectors. The group owns a bus company Pohjolan Liikenne and a road freight haulage company Transpoint.

Finnish trains are spacious, comfortable and clean. The scenery among the lines is beautiful, especially in Eastern Finland where there is very many lakes. Because in most parts of Finland density of population is low, Finland is not very well suited for railways. Commuter services are rare outside Helsinki area, but there are express train connections between most of the cities. As in France, most trains are coming or going to the capital city Helsinki. There are also good ExpressBus and aeroplane connections, both of which are more expensive than trains. Buses are sometimes faster than trains (e.g. Helsinki-Pori). There are three trains that go to Russia, they are called Sibelius, Repin and Tolstoi.

Altogether the group of companies includes 21 companies employing a total of about 14,400 persons. The President and CEO of the VR group of companies is Henri Kuitunen.

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1 Pendolino
2 See also
3 External links


Pendolino is the high speed train system operated by VR. It is one of the premier high-speed trains of Europe. The Pendolino has an average speed of 180-210 km/h, and its highest speed recorded was 220 km/h. The reason why the Pendolino was chosen is due to the fact that the country has curved railways and this is the cheapest method to build a high speed train, which runs on existing network. A tilting train provided the advantages of high speed and comfort for the passengers, as tilting trains are made for curved railways.

Unlike the TGV, Thalys and other European high-speed trains, the Pendolino, due to its tilting mechanism, does not run on specialised high-speed lines - it runs on existing lines. This has both beneficial and negative consequences. Firstly, the trains cannot run to as high a speed as the TGV, for example, due to the lines. However, the Pendolino can also run alongside 'standard' trains, allowing for greater use of the railway. Also, high-speed lines cost a lot more for building. Despite its relatively low speeds for a high-speed network, the Pendolino has been very successful due to the fact that it connects many Finnish cities and is frequent and common, similar to the TGV, which spans a large number of major cities in France.

The Pendolino is a premium facility train. There are audio sockets for radio and music channels, as well as headphones. In some seats, there are also electricity sockets for laptop and mobile phones. There is a bistro on board that serves snack bar-style dishes. In Business Class (1st class), there is personal service and a complimentary meal, similar to aeroplane service.

Pendolino Routes

The Pendolino network radiates out from Helsinki. The following other destinations are served:

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