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FINLAND

Finland is known as the happiest place in the world. When it comes to exploring, Finland is perfect for both nature seekers and lifestyle lovers. Spend breath-taking moments in nature, and you just might find yourself in Finland – both physically and mentally. Finland’s four regions of Lapland, Lakeland, The Coast and Helsinki, all have unique characteristics and within the country’s distinct seasons offer seemingly endless things to do and see.

Capital

Helsinki

Time

GMT +2

Currency

Euro

Language

Finnish, Swedish

Religion

Christianity

Population

5.5 Million

International Airports

Helsinki, Ivalo, Kittila, Kuopio, Vaasa

Weather

The climate of Finland, a Northern European country, is of the continental type, cold and with a long winter in the north and the interior, and relatively milder (ie of Baltic type) along the western and southern coasts. However, even in the south there are a few months with sub-freezing temperatures and normally snow-covered ground. Summer is generally mild and moderately rainy. Compared to the Scandinavian countries, Finland has a colder climate because of the proximity to Russia.

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Top Highlights

Steamy Saunas

Finnish sauna isn’t one thing, it’s a rich cultural phenomenon. Some saunas are heated with wood, and some with electricity. Some are by a lake in the woods, and some are in city apartments. In short, saunas are everywhere. And if you’re lucky enough to get invited to one, you’ll discover why Finnish sauna culture made UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Lapland

Lapland. Where in summer, the sun never sets, and in autumn, winter and spring, the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky. Lapland is the northern-most region of Finland and an active outdoor destination that's known for its incredible, year-round light phenomena, vast artic nature, and Santa Claus, and is the land of the indigenous Sámi people. Explore Finnish Lapland, Europe’s last great wilderness!

Lakeland

Lakeland is Europe's largest lake district and where Finns go to recharge and reconnect with nature. The region offers plenty of space and things to do all year round, from cruises to fishing, paddle boarding, ice swimming and skating. And where there's a lake, there's sure to be a cottage. Find one and experience the Finnish way to kick back and relax.

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Lapland

Lapland is the northern-most region of Finland and an active outdoor destination that's known for its incredible, year-round light phenomena, vast artic nature, and Santa Claus. The land of the indigenous Sámi people, known as Sámiland or Sápmi, also crosses the northern part of the region. Explore Finnish Lapland, Europe’s last great wilderness!

Suomenlinna

The island is home to hundreds of people, it’s accessible all year round. Established in the mid-18th century as a fortress, today Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kids and adults alike love scrambling about the old walls, ramparts and tunnels, before stopping for a break at one of the island’s many cafés and restaurants.

Pihlajasaari

Only a 10-minute trip from southern Helsinki, Pihlajasaari is the most popular island among Helsinkians to spend a sunny summer’s day. The island is famous for its picturesque sandy beaches and rocks, offering great spots for sunbathers and swimmers. There is a protected grove on Läntinen Pihlajasaari, nestled between the rocks.

Tampere

Enjoy the stunning views, public saunas, and museums. The hidden gem of Finland! Tampere has everything you need.

Helsinki

A sophisticated city featuring some of the most characteristic architecture in the world, both old and new, Helsinki is one of the cultural melting pots of Northern Europe.

The Pellinge islands

Pellinge is a group of islands and more than 120 events are organized on the islands during the summer, including a midsummer festival, a children’s day, an agricultural flea market, boat competitions and an ancient fire dance. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops, as well as galleries selling handicrafts. Many people are drawn to Pellinge because of the place it held in Tove Jansson’s heart, who created the Moomins and is Finland’s most beloved writer and artist of all time.

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