Here are some Finland facts: Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Russia, Norway, and Sweden. It is a highly-modernized and socialized republic. Finland essentially fought on three sides during World War II, first against the U.S.S.R., than allied with Germany to repel the U.S.S.R., then against Germany. As a result, Finland remained outside the Soviet sphere of influence in years following, which allowed it to boost its economy, avoid conflict, and join the European Union in 1995. Although the state religion of Lutheranism is, religion is extremely lax in Finland. However, the Lutheran teachings of hard work and equality color everyday experience in the country.
The capital and largest city, Helsinki, has plenty of intrigue for travelers, including art galleries, museums, breathtaking cathedrals, amusement parks, and sports stadiums. There is also a monument to composer to Jean Sibelius. The one don't-miss locale is generally considered to be Suomenlinna, a beautifully preserved seaside fortification which is praised for its unique architecture; it is now overgrown and supports a thriving nightlife of cafes and clubs.
Finland has an often-forgotten distinction: in the upper reaches of the country, the northern lights are visible. If you have the moxy to brave the cold, it's an unforgettable sight. As this would indicate, Finland can be exceptionally cold. Travelers should pack as many warm clothes as they can, as well as sunglasses to avoid snow blindness. Finnish cuisine counters the cold by being composed mainly of hardy stick-to-your-ribs dishes and lots of coffee (the Finnish people are the world's largest consumers of coffee, averaging around three cups a day).
Language(s): Finnish, Swedish
Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
Electricity Voltage: 230V
Calling Code: 358
Popular Travel Destinations:
- The Aland archipelago
- Moominworld theme park
- Lake distric
Official Website: www.visitfinland.com/
*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.