F for four seasons and other facts

Finland is Europe’s most rural country – a land where high technology coexists with unspoilt nature. With 5.3 million inhabitants scattered around a total area of 390,920 km2, average population density is just 17 people per square kilometre. Our official languages are Finnish, Swedish, and in the far north Sámi. Read more

I for innovations and internationality

Finland has produced many world famous brands as well as world-class sportsmen. Favourite sports among Finns include athletics, Finnish baseball, ski-jumping and figure skating. And of course everyone knows that Santa Claus comes from Finnish Lapland! Read more

N for nature

Almost three-quarters of Finland is covered by forests, where everyone can freely pick wild berries and mushrooms while enjoying fresh air and unspoilt natural scenery. Finland’s forests and fells are rich in game and wildlife including elk, bears, wolves, wolverines and reindeer; and fish are plentiful in our pristine lakes and rivers. Read more

L for lakes

Finland has more lakes than any other country in Europe, with some 180,000 lakes covering 10% of the land – and as much as a fifth of the Lakeland region of Eastern Finland. Beautiful expanses of forest-fringed water are found across the country. Read more

A for archipelagos

Finland is also exceptionally rich in islands. Our Baltic coasts are dotted with islands, and our lakes have many inland islands. The Turku Archipelago in SW Finland is one of the finest anywhere in the world. Read more

N for nakedness and the nature of the people

The sauna still holds a sacred status in Finnish culture as a place for spiritual and bodily cleansing. Many older Finns are proud to have been born in the sauna. The natural characteristics of the Finnish people are unique. We are generally shy, but also humourous, reliable, tenacious, and great lovers of sports. Read more

D for daylight at midnight

Finland is so far north that in many areas the sun shines all night long in summer, especially around the Midsummer festival in late June. Finland’s cities are largely deserted during the Midsummer festivities, which most people spend in the countryside close to their rural roots or at their holiday homes. Read more

14.08.2012