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.
They drink more coffee per person than anyone else in the world, (12 kg per year).
They host a whole bunch of odd competitions, including wife carrying, mobile phone throwing, air guitar and boot throwing.
There are no payphones here, (it’s the home of Nokia).
Finland has been ranked number 1 in the world for education. Put your thinking caps on!
It is the norm to have a sauna in your house… or even 2 or 3 saunas.
And good old tradition to jump into a lake after you’ve had a sauna, even in the winter.
In June and July, the sun doesn’t drop below the horizon.
In the winter, the sun never reaches the horizon.
Finland has the most heavy metal bands, with 53 per 100 000 people.
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.
The national sport of Finland is called Pesapallo, which is a bit like baseball.
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.
There is an old Finnish saying: “If booze, tar, or the sauna won’t help, the illness is fatal.“
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 Finnish doctor helped inspire Lord of the Rings, based on the national myth of The Kalevala.
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Every traveler has their must-have and must-do pre-voyage habits, one we recommend and love, is to make sure you have a fantastic local insight on a city or shore excursion. However, if you want to give the lovely city of Helsinki a go on your own after touring with us- put this city map below in your pocket and let the adventures begin!
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Top attractions for cruise visitors in HELSINKI.
In Helsinki most sights and attractions are within walking distance and getting around town is easy. The Senate Square and the Esplanade Park are filled with concerts and other outdoor events and festivals during the summer season. South Harbour is the centre of maritime city life. The Finns are friendly people who speak good English, and Helsinki’s relaxed atmosphere makes it easy for visitors to feel welcome.
The capital of Finland has a lot to offer, from seaside recreational areas to lush parks in the middle of the town as well as family fun at zoo and the amusement park to the unique setting of the Rock Church. This is a great guide to make up your own list of attractions to see while in Helsinki.
For more information, please see: Helsinki Attractions