Well this is funny; I just emptied the Forex currency exchange in downtown Helsinki of all Indian currency. And it cost me a mere 30 euros.
Turns out they’ve tried to get their hands on Indian rupees for quite some time now, but there just isn’t any around. The little I got just happened to have been traded in earlier.
Which is maybe just as well, since the lady at the counter informed me that in India they still have in effect an old law, according to which if customs decides to check your belongings when entering the country and finds rupees, they are by law allowed to take it. That’s right, you aren’t allowed to take in local currency to India. I’m sure there is some logic to that, I just haven’t figured out yet.
But no worries, at least I got something and the rest I’ll just get at the airport in Mumbai.