H/T Magic Martin:
Finland is strengthening its ties to Saudi Arabia, despite large differences in the culture of the two nations, especially those experienced by women travellers.
Only the face, palms of the hands and feet are visible when a woman wears the abaya in accordance with Saudi custom. Director of the Middle Eastern and North African unit of the Foreign Ministry, Helena Tuuri, says that the abayas have been provided to aid good relations. According to her, Finnish women need not over up at all times, but can use the traditional Muslim women’s clothing as the situation dictates.