Interesting facts about Finland! Did You Know?

Interesting facts about Finland and Helsinki! Did You Know?

Land of The Midnight Sun and home of Santa Claus for you?  Not only that- Finland and it´s green seaside capital of Helsinki have much more to offer.

Down here we have listed a a few weird and wonderful facts about this great country, that might prepare you for when you join us on Nordic Experience Helsinki Tours.


  1. They drink more coffee per person than anyone else in the world, (12 kg per year).
  2. They host a whole bunch of odd competitions, including wife carrying, mobile phone throwing, air guitar and boot throwing.
  3. There are no payphones here, (it’s the home of Nokia).
  4.  Finland has been ranked number 1 in the world for education. Put your thinking caps on!
  5. It is the norm to have a sauna in your house… or even 2 or 3 saunas.Finnish traditional sauna
  6. And good old tradition to jump into a lake after you’ve had a sauna, even in the winter.
  7. Winter swimming in Finland
  8. In June and July, the sun doesn’t drop below the horizon.
  9. Panoramic photo of midnight sun in northern finland
  10. In the winter, the sun never reaches the horizon.Winter panorama in Northern Finland.
  11. Finland has the most heavy metal bands, with 53 per 100 000 people.
  12. Finland has some interesting and unique wildlife including the gray wolf, wolverine, elk, its national animal the brown bear and national bird the whooper swan.Reindeer flock in the wild at winter in Finland
  13. The national sport of Finland is called Pesapallo, which is a bit like baseball.
  14. Every year, Finland increases in surface area by about 7 square kilometers per year because it is rebounding from the weight of ice age glaciers and rising out of the sea.
  15. There is an old Finnish saying: “If booze, tar, or the sauna won’t help, the illness is fatal.Finnish sauna whisks, a tradition of healing and rejuvenating
  16. In Finland (and other Nordic countries) they mostly don’t have the restriction of ‘trespassing’. You can roam across and camp on nearly all land, pick berries and mushrooms and catch fish.A handful of full ripe and overripe cloudberries
  17. A Finnish doctor helped inspire Lord of the Rings, based on the national myth of The Kalevala.

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