Land of a Thousand Lakes thrills fans of natural beauty from around the world.
Republic of Finland covers an area of approximately 338 000 square kilometers in northeastern Europe. This Scandinavian and Baltic state borders with Sweden, Norway and Russia, and has access to the Baltic Sea, Finland Gulf and the Gulf of Bothnia. Under its authority are the Aland Islands along the southwest coast, which in turn have an autonomous status.
Geographically, the state is divided into three sections: Lapon Finland, lake Finland, and the coast.
Most of the Finland is covered with plains, and its biggest natural resource is forests that occupy 72 percent of the national territory. Unsurprisingly, processing of wood and producing paper and furniture are its largest industries.
The country has about 5 million inhabitants, and most of them are Finns. The main town and port – Helsinki – is situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland in the south. Its wide area includes the cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen where more than a million inhabitants live. It is considered the economic center of the country, and one of the most developed cities in the world.
Finnish cuisine is based on a healthy diet and seasons. Here they like to eat grains, seafood, and traditional meat products like sausages with the addition of raisins, onions, flour and even pine bark. Finns, however, love the crabs – whose hunting season begins in June. With meals they drink milk, local beer, Finnish vodka (Koss), and Mead.
5 memorable tourist attractions in Finland:
Country of Santa Claus
During the winter, all roads lead to Finland Lapland! Responsible to blame? Santa Claus, who according to the popular legend, lives in Lapland city Korvatunturi Sami in northern Finland. In its surroundings it is possible to see stunning polar light in the sky, and you can stay in a hotel made only of snow and ice!
Explore the neoclassical buildings of Helsinki! It offers a well-known Lutheran cathedral with the sculpture of Alexander II., Orthodox Cathedral Uspenski, as well as the fortress of Suomenlinna, which is under the protection of UNESCO.
The area of Finnish Lapland is a true ski mecca for residents of surrounding states, and Levi, Ruka, Saariselka and Yllas are names of favorite ski resort. Here you can rent a sled pulled by Huskies or reindeers, and explore snowy landscapes.
Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes, and most of them are located in the east. At your disposal are picturesque villages along the lake system Saimaa, Päijänne, Nasi, and Oulu, where you can see the wonderful forests and traditional arts and customs of this area. The most often custom in this country practiced for the last 15 centuries is – a visit to the sauna. Finland has 2 million saunas across the country!
Discover a former capital of Finland – Turku – which is situated in the southwest. Here you can visit the city cathedral and the palace as well as other buildings known for their picturesque medieval architecture. It is assumed that it dates back to the 13th century, which makes Turku the oldest town of this Scandinavian country.
Official languages: Finnish, Swedish
Religion: Christianity (80 percent of the population), other religions and Undeclared (the rest)
Currency: euro (EUR)
Visa: not required
How to travel: the easiest way – by plane, the main airport of Finland is Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport near the capital
Disease and prevention: special vaccination to enter the country is not required.
When to travel: The most pleasant time is in spring and summer; skiing and visit to Santa Claus in the winter months
Accommodation: Hotel Fabian and Hotel Glo in the capital are a wise choice.
Restaurants: Restaurants Luomo and Demo in the capital are a good choice.
Beware of petty thieves around the tourist centers.