After the Cold War, they became a relic from times believed to be long past. With the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the issue of bomb shelters has become more urgent again. In Finland this is not an issue – who knows where, there are bunkers everywhere.

A blue triangle on a bright orange background. There is also an arrow and the words “Väestönsuoja” and “Skyddsrum” – the Finnish and Swedish words for shelter.

As you stroll through the Finnish capital Helsinki, you will probably notice these hard-to-miss symbols and words more often. You can find them in hotels or subway stations. Behind them are rooms that are intended to offer people protection in emergencies or even in case of defense.