|338,000 sq km
5 300 000
Helsinki (pop: 891,000)
Finnish (93%), Swedish(5,8%)
2.5 million visitors per year
You may be wondering what Finland is like. Who are these Finns and what are they like? How do they live, and what are they interested in? With an area of 338,000 km2 Finland is nearly as big as Germany and the population is about five million. Finland became a member of the European Union at the beginning of 1995. Finnish Lapland (area 100.000 sq km) has the largest wilderness areas in the whole Europe.
Finland has been nominated year 2001 the least corrupt country in the world. Finland has developed into a modern, highly industrialised economy, with a substantial telecommunications sector. Finland's mobile phone market, is one of the most developed in the world. Finland has over 85 cellular phones per 100 inhabitants. Today there are more mobile phone than fixed network subscriptions. Public transportation (Buses, taxis) inside cities are some of the best in the world.
"Temperature -40 °C in winter and + 30 °C in summer!"
The Finns are absolutely crazy about good coffee, a consumption of 14 kilograms per person annually. The national statistics bureau says there is a sauna for every household in Finland; another world record. A sauna what could be more therapeutic than an hour spent slapping yourself with birch leaves while sat in temperatures of up to 90 degrees Celsius?
The Finnish winter can be harsh with very cold winters with temperatures as low as -40C and darkness during the end of October through the beginning of January. The summers are with near continuous daylight. June 21 is called the "nightless night" or Juhannus. In summer temperatures often rises above 20°C (68 F) and occasionally reaches 30°C.
"The biggest snow castle in the world!"
The snow castle in Kemi, Finland is enormous: The Snow Hotel, The Castle Courtyard, The Snow Restaurant and the Chapel for weddings etc. The snow castle has already been built in ten winters. Over the years dozens of couples from around the world have had their wedding in the SnowChapel! Every winter the SnowCastle offers wonderful experiences for both children and adults alike. The biggest snow castle in the world
Other hand forest covers 70% of Finland's land area, the highest proportion in the world. It is not surprising, that Finland is one of the world's leading exporters of forest products. Welcome to Finland...
Finland and rallysport