Here at Transun, we whole–heartedly believe that Finland is a unique location, from the likelihood of witnessing the Northern Lights to, of course, the home of Father Christmas in True Lapland. But apart from these two distinctive attributes, what else do we know about Finland? Well here at Transun we have complied our top ten lesser known facts about this extraordinary country.
1. Finland has more forest and water than anywhere else in Europe. 70% of Finland is covered in forest and has 188,000 lakes. In facts these lakes are so vast that Finland has most water in relation to land mass of all the countries in the world.
2. It is undisputed that Finland has the cleanest air in Europe.
3. Finns are the champions of saunas! In fact, there are over 3 million – that’s more than one sauna for every other citizen.
4. Finnish people consume more coffee per person than does any other nation in the world.
5. The infamous app - Angry birds was a Finnish invention. In fact per capita, Finland has produced more successful games than any other country in the world.
6. Finland is not just home to the magical Aurora Borealis and Father Christmas, the Moomins created by Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson have their home in this mystical country.
7. Finland LOVE their championships. Wife-carrying, air-guitar playing and mobile phone throwing are just some of the world championships that take place in Finland.
8. Finland’s coast boasts the world’s largest archipelago, there are at least 70,000 islands.
9. Finland is home to one of the rarest seals in the world. The Saimaa Ringed Seal is one of the few freshwater seals in the world found only in Lake Saimaa (the largest lake in Finland).
10. Any Finnish noun can have over 200 different forms - and their longest word? Epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän….good luck pronouncing that!