Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea.
Helsinki is home to the 18th-century sea fortress Suomenlinna, the fashionable Design District and diverse museums.
The Northern Lights can be seen from the country’s Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts.
World’s happiest country
According to UN’s annual World Happiness Report, Finland is the happiest country in the world.
The rankings take into account many factors.
Life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, economic strength, generosity, social support from friends, perceived corruption, and views of the survey respondents.
Foreign population lives in Helsinki
At the beginning of 2020, there were 423,494 people with a foreign background living in Finland.
Of those, 209,108 lived in the Greater Helsinki region.
Those with a Somali and Indian background have the greatest concentration in the capital region.
World’s biggest coffee drinkers
Finns consume more coffee per capita that any other country in the world.
The average Finn consumes an astonishing 12kg every year.
Drinking eight cups of coffee per day would not be considered unusual in Finland.
There are some 187,888 lakes in Finland larger than 500 square metres (5,400 sq ft).
About 57,000 of them have an area larger than 10,000 square metres (110,000 sq ft).
They are listed here along with some smaller noteworthy lakes.
Two birthday parties
Birthday parties are very important for children in Finland.
Many have two parties: one for friends and another for family.
On the flip side, most adults tend only to celebrate the ‘big’ birthdays, and even then they are typically informal events.
Estimates put the number of saunas in Finland at around two million.
The saunas can be found in city apartments, forest cabins, and even some big companies and state institutions.
The mobile gaming sensation Angry Birds began life in Finland.
Founded by students in 2003, the game’s creators Rovio Entertainment went on to become publicly listed in 2017 at a $1 billion valuation.
Angry Birds isn’t the only worldwide smash to have originated in Finland.
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