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Monday 26 June 2023

Tourist destination wants visitors to try a digital detox

Ever wished you could be somewhere that is really switched off? 

Finland has just introduced the world's first phone-free tourist island with visitors to Ulko-Tammio island being encouraged to stay offline this summer. 

Anyone travelling to the island, located in the Eastern Gulf of Finland National Park, will be asked to keep their phones in their pockets this summer. 

The aim is to encourage holidaymakers to switch off their smart devices, take a break from social media and enjoy nature. 

Ulko-Tammio is promoting itself as "the world's first phone-free tourist island" - although it is not clear how, or if, the ban will be enforced. 

The Eastern Gulf of Finland is known for its rugged islands and charming coastal villages adjacent to the Baltic Sea.

“The island of Ulko-Tammio, which is located off the coast of Hamina, will be a phone-free area this summer," says Mats Selin from Visit Kotka-Hamina. 

"We want to urge holidaymakers to switch off their smart devices and to stop and genuinely enjoy the islands.”

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