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Welcome to Finland

Finland is also called "the land of 1000 lakes"and nowhere else you find so many lakes in one country.

In fact, there are 187.880 lakes in Finland. Each region in Finland has its distinct character and invite to all kind of activities and adventures. From the wilds of Lapland in the north to the magical Lakeland in the east and archipelagos in the South West area. 

 
What characterises Finland and its unprecedented nature?

The Republic of Finland is a flat country occupied mostly by forests (70% of the land area) and lakes (10%). It is an invitation to get out and active year-round or to find the Nordic peace in a lakeside cottage.

There are 187,888 lakes (larger than 500 m²) and 179,584 islands within the territory of Finland. Both are world records, and wolves and brown bears can be found in this country with so much green nature.
You can also find the home of Santa Claus in Finland - it is in the town Rovaniemi.


Society and culture in Finland

Finland (Suomi in Finnish) has only been an independent country since 1918. Before it belonged to Russia or Sweden. Finland was remaining largely agrarian country until the 1950s. It rapidly developed an advanced economy while building an extensive Nordic-style welfare state as in the other Nordic countries.

Finland is the EU's fifth largest country, and one-fourth of Finland's inhabitants live in capital Helsinki in the south of Finland.

Finland is so far the only Nordic country to have joined the Eurozone. Electronics are today the country's largest industry, and Nokia is the most famous company. Angry Birds, the popular mobile phone game, was also developed in Finland.


Lapland - a part of Finland

Lapland is placed in the 3 Nordic countries, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. It is easy to travel across the borders and covered an area from the Arctic Circle in the south to the Arctic Ocean in the north and Finland; it occupies 30% of the land area.

The inhabitants of Lapland, the Sami, are a minority with barely 6%  of the population. When you travel across Lapland, you can be lucky to see Sami in their brightly coloured traditional dress, especially if you visit a festival.
 

How to build a sauna

This old Finnish proverb shows how serious Finns take this national institution. Sauna is a huge deal and a favourite topic for the Finns

Almost everyone in Finland has access to a sauna, most commonly at home with family. Finland has as many as two-three million saunas shared among the country’s 5.4 million inhabitants

Saunas have also existed in other cultures, but it is in Finland that they have become entwined in the national culture.

Traditional saunas are heated by wood, burned either in a stove with a chimney or by a stove with no chimney. The latter – a smoke-sauna – is the original sauna and believed by most Finns to be the best. 

“Saunas used to be at the centre of every aspect of people’s lives in Finland,” “For earlier generations, they were the only place to wash. 

Earlier they were also used to smoke fish and meat, wash clothes, and dry linen.” Life used to begin and end with a sauna. Today people see saunas as a place to relax, both physically and mentally

In the summertime, the Finns use a “vihta” – a bunch of birch branches which they dip in water and with which they gently flagellate themselves, and it stimulates the circulation and gives fresh aroma.

If you want to take the initiative yourself, almost all hotels have good saunas, though mostly heated by electricity. 

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What to See and Do in Finland

Most Popular Attractions

Most Popular Attractions

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The Sauna Culture

The Sauna Culture

Finland is world famous for sauna & wellness. Find out where to go to experience the excitements

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Peaceful & Pure Nature

Peaceful & Pure Nature

Explore the spectacular pure endless nature in Finland

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Top 9 Family Attractions

Top 9 Family Attractions

Finland offers a wide selection of exciting options for a wonderful family vacation

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Top 9 Museums

Top 9 Museums

Finland has museums and exhibitions, which nearly cover all kind of interests

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Fun & Activities

Fun & Activities

Finland´s nature invite to all kind of exercises and is a really hit for adventure lovers,

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Cultural Finland

Cultural Finland

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Getting to Finland

Getting to Finland

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Best season

Best season

The most of the Finnish population lives in the south, which is dominated by northern temperate climate.

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Recommended Cities in Finland

Helsinki

Helsinki

Finland`s capital has lot of museums and the design scene and saunas are legendary here

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi

Visit the hometown of Santa Claus and be inspired regarding spectacular adventures

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Kuopio-Lakeland Harbour Town

Kuopio-Lakeland Harbour Town

The Kuopio area is known for its own distinct dialect, but also as hometown for the Finnish Orthodox Church, the country’s official religion.

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Recommended Regions in Finland

Lapland

Lapland

When you visit Finnish Lapland you will forget all about the busy life, agreements, pollution and annoying noises.

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Lakeland

Lakeland

Welcome to the greatest lake district in Europe. Covered by beautiful lakes, rivers and islands.

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Åland Islands

Åland Islands

The Åland Islands or Åland is an archipelago in the Baltic Sea consisting of 6,757 islands situated midway between Finland and Sweden.

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Finland



Facts - Finland

Capital Helsinki
Currency Euro (€)
Area 338,430 km2
Population 5,487,308 (2016)
Status Republic
Language Finnish and Swedish
Time zone UTC +2
Internet .fi

Reason to visit Finland

Northern Lights in Rovaniemi, Lapland

Land of Midnight Sun

Winter Activities

Reasons to Visit Finland

Reasons to Visit Finland

Finland has more water and forest than anywhere else in Europe. Discover the country of the 1000 lakes.

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Shopping in Finland

Shopping in Finland

There is a wide selection of exciting stuff to look for on a visit to Finland like design and chocolate

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Grand Lake Saimaa

Grand Lake Saimaa

Saimaa is the largest lake in Finland. It is the fourth largest natural freshwater lake in Europe.

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The Santa Claus Village

The Santa Claus Village

You will find one of Finland`s largest tourist culture attractions in Rovaniemi in at the Arctic Circle in Lapland. From here tourist from all over the world send relatives and friends greetings.

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Finnish Design

Finnish Design

Finnish design earns the greatest respect throughout the world

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