The image that most people have of Finland is the one of a northern European republic that shares a border with Russia, and where it is almost always winter. If you have navigated through the language options of a DVD, you probably know how Finnish refer to their country as well: They call is Suomi. But you probably don’t know what makes Finland an amazing country.
World’s Best Northern Lights
A treat for the eyes: You can see in the north of Finland some of best examples of Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis as some call it. The Aurora can appear more than 200 nights a year, and illuminates the sky in mystical shades of green, blue and turquoise. In truth, these are the collision of electrical particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. But who cares about science when you have such a magnificent sight?
Finland Is The Greenest Country In Europe
Finland has more forest and water than any other European country. It’s not by chance that it is called the Land of a Thousand Lakes! When it comes down to forest division, over 70% of the surface of the country is covered by wild and green forests. To put it into perspective, this is the equivalent of an area larger than the UK! So, this is definitely enough to make anyone want to visit this paradise of nature. As a happy result, Finland has some of the cleanest air in Europe.
Finland Has The One And Only Santa
The northern part of Finland belongs to an area called Lapland, that is not only ideal for Finland family snow holidays but that also is the favourite destination of all the children at Christmas time. There, you can visit the village of Father Christmas, try your hand at dog sledding, build an igloo, and experience fun outdoor snow activities in family. It’s also the best place to ski for over 6 months of the year with hundreds of kilometres of ski tracks in Lapland only!
Finland Is A Safe Place
It may sound a little hard to believe from a country that has plenty of dark hours throughout winter, but a recent experiment run by the Reader’s Digest has proven that Finland is a safe country. It is not only safe, it is incredibly honest, as the experiment demonstrated: Wallets were deliberately left abandoned around Helsinki and over 91% of them were returned to their rightful owners. So, British tourists can feel confident walking in Finland with their camera around the neck and their smartphone in the back pocket: It is very unlikely that things will get stolen.
Finland Is The Place Of Cool Geeks
If you think of something cool that you enjoy, it is very likely that it comes from Finland. Look at the game apps on your phone: the Angry Birds and Clash of Clans are Finnish games, for example. Not convinced? Do you remember the Moomins? They are the creation of the Finnish author and illustrator, Tove Jansson, and they even have a few museums just dedicated to their adventures across Finland.