Hei. Finland is famous for inventing the sauna and ice skates, as well as being the home of NOKIA and it’s arguably the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights. It’s also got the best educational system in Europe and some of the highest ranked universities. Take a closer look at the land of the midnight sun. Did you know that there are over 200,000 reindeer in Finland.
One of the most peaceful and economically successful places in the world, Finland is the most north westerly EU country. It shares its borders with two other Scandinavian countries, Norway and Sweden, as well as Russia. What’s less well known is that Finland has the lowest population density in Europe. So there’s lots of space for everyone. Finland has cold snowy winters and warm summers. There are lots of forests, islands and lakes for visitors to enjoy nature at its very best.
Finland was ruled by Russia for hundreds of years until the Revolution of 1917, so Russia’s influence has affected Finnish language and culture. However, a recent entrant to the EU, Finland is looking to develop closer relationships with other European nations whilst retaining its links to the Baltic States. Finland has a high standard of living so prices are high when compared to the UK. But on the plus side, wages are also higher. Take a look at the following websites for more information – Finnish Tourist Board or the Embassy of Finland.
Finns love to do their own thing. They are warm, welcoming and highly independent. They are also an enlightened society and value equality – both the president of Finland and the Mayor of Helsinki are women. Finns also love their food and make the most of wholemeal products such as rye, barley, oats and berries. Fish, meat and bread also play a prominent part. Why not try some gravlax (smoked salmon in a spicy sauce) or Hernekeitto (pea soup) or Lihapullat – Finnish meat balls – or even Mykyokka from Savo (blood dumpling soup)!
Helsinki is the capital and largest city and is the most northerly capital city in Europe. It is also the manufacturing and trade centre of Finland. It’s an exciting and diverse city with a large and busy harbour. Other major industrial cities include Tampere and Turku . Great places to visit include in any travel itinerary while you’re in the country are Aland, a paradise for cyclists, Muonio, where you can enjoy the excitement of dog sledding, and Inari where the Sami (indigenous people of the north) live.
Finland is a parliamentary republic. The President (currently Sauli Väinämö Niinistö) is the Head of State.
At-a-glance facts about Finland
- Population 5,542,517 (2018)
- Language: the main spoken languages are Finnish, Swedish and Sami, although many people also speak fluent English
- International dialling code: 358
- Time: 2 hours ahead of UK GMT (CET)
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