Finland – the land of a thousand lakes

The Northern European Republic of Finland is one of the most sparsely populated European countries. The land of a thousand lakes is the most forested country in Europe and one of the wealthiest countries in the EU.

Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki, fascinating capital of Finland

Let yourself be enchanted by the diversity of Finland. Forests and lakes as far as the eye can see …

The sparsely populated country, which was shaped during the Ice Age, has placed about 10% of its land area under nature protection. It is home to numerous moose and reindeer, as well as protected wildlife rarely seen elsewhere.

The archipelago coast of Finland is almost 40,000 km long and there are more than 73,000 islands.

Finland is one of the northernmost countries in the world, with one third of the country lying north of the Arctic Circle. Finland borders the Russian Federation to the east, Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and the Baltic Sea to the south and west.

Climatically, Finland is favored by its shielded location of the Scandinavian mountains and the Gulf Stream, and has cold winters and hot summers. The northern location gives the north of Finland 73 days in summer when the sun does not set, but on the other hand 51 days in winter when it does not rise at all, but during this time the northern lights can be seen. More information about weather in Finland.

Especially since the end of the last century, more and more tourists have been coming to this sparsely populated country, which is one of the safest countries in Europe in terms of crime statistics. Especially popular is the summer, when many visitors rent a cottage, almost always equipped with the traditional sauna, on one of the lakes.
The capital Helsinki is a popular destination for city trips, but also the vast Lapland with its winter sports centers attracts as a snow-sure destination.

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In the most densely wooded country in Europe, everyone is allowed to move relatively freely in nature due to the “Everyman’s Right” – it is also allowed to pick berries and mushrooms and to fish.
The cuisine of Finland uses the abundant ingredients from nature, such as mushrooms and delicate berries, game meat, fish.
Finnish is the official language of the country, along with Swedish. It has an alien structure for us and is considered a difficult language to learn.

Whether relaxing or active vacation at one of the more than thousand lakes with swimming and boating, fishing or hiking – Finland is an experience with magnificent nature and tranquility. Especially popular is the vacation in a cottage. More exciting can be a city trip to Helsinki, which is considered a stronghold of classicism and has a formative Art Nouveau architecture.

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Ich bin absoluter Skandinavien-Fan und reise schon seit über 12 Jahren in die schönen Länder Skandinaviens. Hier teile ich meine Erfahrungen und Tipps zu den skandinavischen Ländern und der Ostsee-Region.

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