Finland National Day: Did you know that….

  • There is more forest and water in Finland than anywhere else in Europe?

  • There are 187,888 lakes in Finland — the most of any country in the world — and 179,888 Finnish islands to explore?

  • Over 70% of Finland is covered by exquisite forests?

  • Finland’s coast boasts the world’s largest archipelago?

  • Sauna” is the most used Finnish word outside of the mother country?

  • Finnish inventions are plenty and include: the rescue toboggan, the heart-rate monitor, salty liquorice (‘Salmiakki’), Linux OS, ice skates, Angry Birds, the Molotov cocktail, the SMS and, of course, the sauna?

  • Angry Birds is a Finnish invention? Actually, per capita, Finland has produced more successful games than any other country in the world.

  • Although Finland is famous for its contribution to the telecom industry with Nokia, you won’t find a single pay phone in the whole country?

  • Finland is the best place to spot the Northern lights? The Aurora Borealis can be seen more than 200 nights per year.

  • Finland celebrates the Restaurant Day, when anyone can set up a restaurant of their choice anywhere they want?

  • Helsinki has some of the cleanest tap water of all big cities in the world?

  • Kilpisjarvi in Lapland has the cleanest air in Europe?

  • Finland is the boldest design nation, setting trends for decades?

  • Finland has ranked first in OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for several years, with their education system being praised as one of the best worldwide?

  • Finland hosts the largest community of coffee lovers? Finns are consuming more coffee per person than does any other nation in the world.

  • Finland is the only place in the world where you can meet the real Santa Claus, in Rovaniemi, Lapland?

  • Finland is also home to the mysterious little creatures called Moomins?

  • Finland is the global leader in heavy metal bands? Apocalyptica, HIM, Nightwish, Amorphis sound familiar to you?

  • Finland is also the country of the craziest events? Ever heard of Wife Carrying, Air Guitar Playing or Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships?

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