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Finland Travel Guide

Here you find all you need to know about Finland also called ´the land of 1000 lakes´.

There are 187.880 lakes in Finland. Each region in Finland has its distinct character which invites to all kind of activities and adventures. From the wilds of Lapland in the north to the magical Lakeland in the east and the archipelagos in the South West area. Finland is has a border to Sweden, Norway and Russia and Finnish Lapland is a part of the Arctic region.

You can also find the home of Santa Claus in Finland, in the town Rovaniemi. The capital in Finland is Helsinki.

 
What characterises Finland and its unprecedented nature

The Republic of Finland is a flat country occupied mostly by forests which cover 70% of the land area, and lakes cover 10%. The Finnish landscape is then dominated by lakes and forests, but there is a big difference between the Southern and Western coast where you find the unique archipelago to the North where you are in the Arctic region and can explore both the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. 

So if you are fund on nature and natural experiences - Finland is one of the best places to visit.


Finland the happiest country in the world

Finland is ranked as the happiest country in the world (the 2019 World Happiness Report).

Finland (Suomi in Finnish) has only been an independent country since 1918. Before it belonged to Russia or Sweden. Finland was remaining mostly 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 and the Finnish way of life have been influenced by both the East and the West and today is a republic.

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 joined the European Union in 1995 and Finland is so far the only Nordic country to have joined the Eurozone.

Finland has two different official languages with both Finnish and Swedish and Finnish is spoken by 91 per cent of the population and 5 per cent speak Swedish. Most of the Finnish people speak English and many also German.

Weather in Finland

The Summer in Finland can be warm and mild with July as the warmest month. The winter is cold. In Finnish Lapland, you can find snow 3 months and February is the coldest month but also the driest.

In Finland, the air is pure and very clean all year and Helsinki, Finland’s capital ranks in the top 10 cities with the cleanest air in the world.

Sauna and wellness is very popular in Finland

The Finnish Sauna is an important piece of the country’s heritage, with over 2 million saunas in Finland – approximately one per households.

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. 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, washcloths, 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. 


Lapland - a very special region in Finland

The Lapland area is in the three 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.
  

Hot to get to Finland

Flight companies like Finnair, SAS, Norwegian has many connections to the airports in Finland - and the company TUI has good connections to Finnish Lapland.

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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Finnish Lakeland

Finnish 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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Plan your Trip to Finland

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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Getting to Finland

Getting to Finland

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Getting around in Finland

Getting around in Finland

Getting around in Finland and buses and trains integrate well and it easy to travel around in Finland.

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Weather in Finland

Weather in Finland

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

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Distinctive Attractions in Finland

Sibelius Park

Sibelius Park

At lovely Sibelius Park you'll find a steel monument to the great Finnish composer.

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Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

The beautiful and historically significant Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelic Lutheran church, also known as a symbol of Helsinki.

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Temppeliaukio Church

Temppeliaukio Church

The Temppeliaukio Church is one of Helsinki`s most spectacular attractions, quarried out of the natural bedrock.

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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.

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Old Rauma

Old Rauma

Old Rauma is an exclusive example of an old Nordic city, where the houses are made of wood.

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The National Museum

The National Museum

Take a historical and cultural walk through this museum and get sense of Finnish history.

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Olavinlinna Castle

Olavinlinna Castle

Experience Olavinlinna Castle and get an impression about the dramatic history of Finland.

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The Alvar Aalto Museum

The Alvar Aalto Museum

Alvar Aalto had a great reputation as an architect and designer both at home in Finland and abroad.

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The Senate Square

The Senate Square

The Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture.

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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.

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Finnish Design

Finnish Design

Finnish design earns the greatest respect throughout the world

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