Seventy-percent of Finland is covered in forest and the national animal is the brown bear, also known as the grizzly bear here in the U.S. Finland is a beautiful country with over 168,000 lakes and 179,000 islands. Finland has long, significant relationships with two of its neighbors: Russia and Sweden. Helsinki, for instance, became the capital of Finland when Russia, under its empirical authority over Finland, moved the capital from Turku to Helsinki. Finland declared its independence during the Russian Revolution. Saunas and wood-burning fireplaces are essential features in any Finnish home.

Finland Videos: This is a fun, 3-minute video that features all kinds of quirky things to do, like staying in a warm, glass igloo during the winter months just to view the spectacular northern lights. Or how about a sleigh ride with reindeer pulling the sleigh? This is an interesting, 5-minute video that looks at houses through the ages in Finland, though the video does cut off abruptly.

FunFacts about Finland: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku. (Source)
  • As of June, 2019, Finland’s population is 5.52 million.
  • Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of Finland.
  • Finnish is from the Uralic language family and is not related to the Scandinavian languages, like Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.
  • Finland was inhabited at the last Ice Age, around 9000 BCE.
  • Historic relationship to Sweden and Russia, quote: From the late 13th century, Finland gradually became an integral part of Sweden through the Northern Crusades and the Swedish part-colonization of coastal Finland. In 1809, Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland(Source)
  • Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, Finland declared itself independent.
  • Finland joined the United Nations in 1955.
  • 70% of all Finns are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  • Finland’s modern evolution, quote: The country rapidly developed an advanced economy while building an extensive welfare state based on the Nordic model, resulting in widespread prosperity and one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. Finland is a top performer in numerous metrics of national performance, including education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, quality of life, and human development. (Source)
  • Finland ranked first on the World Happiness Report for 2018 and 2019.
  • Finland has over 168,000 lakes and 179,000 islands.
  • Much of the Finnish landscape consists of rolling hills, a multitude of lakes and thick pine forests.
  • The brown bear, known as the grizzly bear in the U.S., is Finland’s national animal.
  • Finland has a subarctic climate which is characterized by short, mild summers and long cold winters. 
  • Life expectancy in Finland is currently 79 years for men and 84 years for women.
  • Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) was a Finnish composer and is considered a significant figure in the history of classical music. He is credited with helping Finland to develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.

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29 thoughts on “Finland

  1. Just beautiful. The snow looks so inviting to me right now. We are experiencing very high temperatures and SPRING has just begun. Summer is going to be hell.

  2. Those snowy landscapes are so beautiful! But look so cold! I’d love to see the Northern Lights though. That would be something!

  3. I really want to stay in the glass igloo from the video! That look like an amazing way to view the Northern Lights.

  4. Love the beautiful pictures! I think it would be fun to visit Finland one day. It would be interesting to see the ice hotel and to stay in one of the glass igloos.

  5. The little pink house on the water is so cute! I have added Finland to my bucket list I never knew how beautiful it was and the Happiest country.

  6. I am from Wytheville Virginia . I love all the pictures and I have never been to Finland. I would love to see the northern lights and in a glass Igloo would be awesome. The landscape is beautiful and looks very cold with the snow. I loved the first picture of the little red house with all the snow. Thanks for the chance.

  7. I can see why it was voted Happiest Place on Earth! The simplicity and the peacefulness shine through in every picture. I loved the videos and all the pics.

  8. Love all the pictures and enjoyed the videos. I loved the old homes from the 1920’s. Would love to visit there – so much too see and it’s a beautiful country. Couldn’t live there though – too cold! 🙂

  9. What a beautiful country this is and all the pictures are gorgeous. Would love to visit these places yo find. From Tucson, AZ

  10. I have seen the northern lights up here in northern Canada. They are beautiful and staying in a glass igloo would be a wonderful my opinion. Very pretty photographs.

  11. Loved the glass igloos and the photo of the squirrel is so cute. All that snow gives me chills just looking at it. Great place if you love winter 🙂

  12. I have never been to Finland. It looks very cold and rustic. My favorite picture is of the squirrel. Seeing these cold pictures reminds me that there is a reason I live in Florida. 🙂

    Fort Myers, Florida

  13. Love the pictures of snow! No I never been to Finland but the pictures make me want to visit. Living there would be very different from where I live in a Virginia.

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