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Interesting Facts about Finland

Finland Interesting Facts

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a country in Europe. Here are some interesting facts about Finland:

  • The happiest country in the world is Finland.
  • Finland is known as the "Land of Thousand Lakes". There are almost 188,000 lakes in Finland.
  • Almost 75% of Finland's territory is covered with forests.
  • Angry Birds, Nokia's Snake, and Clash of Clans are originated in Finland.
  • The locals call Finland Suomi. Suomi is Finnish for Finland.
  • In 1809, Finland became an autonomous part of the Russian Empire. It gained full independence in 1907.
  • Finland became the first European country to allow women to vote in 1906.
  • The sauna is an important part of Finnish culture and part of everyday life in Finland. Finland has about three million saunas. Moreover, the word "Sauna" is Finnish.
  • Finland takes seriously the wise words of Albert Einstein: "A man who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." The country has declared October 13 National Failure Day to celebrate life's failures as the natural path to success.
  • The longest word in Finnish is "epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkään".
  • Finland is home to the midnight sun, where in June and July the sun remains above the horizon, casting white light even in the middle of the night.
  • Every year, the northern lights appear more than 200 times in the skies over Finnish Lapland. Finland is the place to see the Northern Lights.
  • You can explore Finnish Lapland on reindeer or husky.
  • One of the ten cities in the world with the cleanest air is Helsinki, the capital city of Finland.
  • The Finns coined the name "Molotov Cocktail" to describe the incendiary bombs they used to fight the Soviet Union (specifically Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov) during World War II.
  • Finns consume the most coffee in the world per capita, averaging 10 kg per person per year.
  • Finland has the highest number of heavy metal bands per capita in the world.
  • Finnish is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn.
  • Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of Finland.
  • The national animal of Finland is a brown bear.
  • The area of Finland is actually increasing every year. The area of Finland continues to increase every year as it is still recovering from the ice age glaciers whose weight plunged the land into the sea.
  • Santa Claus village is located in Lapland, Finland.
  • Finland shares land borders with Sweden, Norway, and Russia.

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