Eric, tipping is not "compulsory" as it is in the USA in any of those destinations. Of course, tipping for good service or as a reward is just good manners.
An experienced Russia traveller/work colleague says there's no need to tip in Russia because you'll already have handed enough over in price-gouging and bribes to corrupt cops (it's the kind of place where you keep a few roubles in your passport and with your driver's license).
Phil from the safety hub over 8 years ago
Sweden: About 10% in restaurants, not necessary on pizza places, sushi, take away, cafes and so on though. In a taxi, give them something, but not necessarily more than 10%. Room service and carrying bags in hotel: Not sure. I think room service will be on your bill any way. over 8 years ago
Basically no tipping in Finland. You can leave 10% in restaurants, but most customers don't do that and the next time you won't get any worse service if you didn't leave tip in your last visit. No tipping in taxis.
In hotel you can leave few coins to the housekeeping assistant and to the person carrying your bags. Otherwise no tipping in hotels.
In bars there might be a glass for tips next to the counter, but I have hardly ever anyone leave anything there. The bar personnel would surely appreciate that, though. over 8 years ago
In Sweden you give 5-10% in restaurants, bars and taxis if you feel that the service is good but it's not a must. In hotels you can give cleaning staff and piccolos some money if you want too but only if you appreciate the service. Sweden is not a "tip-country" but of course service personel like it. One trick in swedish bars is to give a lot of tip for the first drink. You will get better service the rest of the night :-) over 8 years ago