Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital and largest city in Finland is Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Finland is also the sixth largest country in Western Europe (behind France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Germany). Finland has a population of about 5,509,717. Finland has two official languages namely Finnish and Swedish.
Some of the interesting facts of Finland are mostly what attract tourist to the country, some of the facts are:
Finland has 187,888 lakes
There are 187,888 lakes (larger than 500 m²) within the boundaries of Finland. This also is a world record. Saimaa, Finland’s largest lake is Europe’s fourth largest lake. The lake is also home to the rarest fresh water seal in the world – “The Saimaa”. Approximately 310 of these are left in the lake.
Finland has over 2 million saunas
The sauna has a special place in the Finnish lifestyle. It’s the norm to have a sauna in your home and share it with both family and friends. Almost everyone takes a sauna at least once a week. There are approximately 2.2 million saunas in Finland. That’s one sauna for every two and a half people. There are more saunas than there are cars in Finland, even one in a Burger King. Important business meetings may be followed by a sauna, during which the business conversation is continued on a more informal basis.
Nokia is from Finland
The telecommunications company Nokia is Finnish and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mobile phones. By the way, Mobile Phone Throwing is an official sport in Finland. And there are absolutely NO pay phones anywhere in Finland. The world’s first graphical web browser was developed by four Finnish students in Helsinki in 1991. It was known as Erwise. In 2010, Finland also became the first country in the world to make broadband access a legal right for every citizen.
Finnish people drink the most milk in the world
Finland has the world’s highest annual consumption of milk per Capita. That’s approximately one quart per person per day and 140 l or 36.9840873 gallons per person a year. Surprisingly, 17% of the Finns are lactose intolerant.
Freedom to roam the land
A Finnish term ‘Everyman’s Right’ means you can walk freely in the nature, anywhere you want, you can pick berries, mushrooms even if you don’t own it.
One of the interesting facts about Finland is that they celebrate annual day for failure. It is a day dedicated to failures that people have gone through, and the reason to celebrate is to understand the fact that success and failure go hand in hand.
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