For those who are reading this blog and do not know much about Finland, here are some things I have learned:

  • The Finnish name for Finland is Suomi
  • Finland’s official languages are Finnish and Swedish
  • Finland is part of the European Union and its currency is the Euro
  • Ethnic groups: Finn 93.4%, Swede 5.6%, Russian 0.5%, Estonian 0.3%, Roma 0.1%, Sami 0.1% (2006)Sibelius_mon_1643
  • Between the 12th and 19th centuries, Finland was part of Sweden. In 1809 Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire and declared independence in 1918 after the Russian Revolution
  • Finland is a Nordic-style welfare state
  • Helsinki was named World Design Capital in 2012
  • The cost of traffic tickets is calculated taking into account the driver’s annual income
  • Finland is the most sparsely populated country in the EU, with a population of 5.5 million and 16 inhabitants per square km
  • 1/4 of its territory lies north of the Arctic Circle–Lapland, where the Northern Lights can be seen
  • Finland has 187,888 lakes and 179, 584 islands – Northern_Lightsboth of which are world records
  • Freedom to Roam (jokamiehenoikeus– literally “everyman’s right”) rights grant the public access to use private and public lands for recreation, mainly walking, skiing, swimming, cycling and setting up temporary camp
  • Finns are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers
  • According to the World Audit study, Finland is the second least corrupt and second most democratic country in the world Finland_sauna_house
  • According to the 2007 UNICEF report on child well-being in rich countries, Finland has the highest level of academic achievements of all surveyed countries for reading, mathematics and sciences, but low rankings in school enjoyment
  • Finland is ranked first on the Environmental Performance Index
  • Finland experiences a midnight sun in the summer–in northern Lapland, the sun remains above the horizon for 70 days (but in the winter, daylight is scarce)
  • There are around 2.2 million saunas in Finland, 1 for every 2.5 people



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