History of Finland

Finland is one of eight Nordic countries (the others being Iceland, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Norway, Sweden & Åland – Åland is actually autonomous region of Finland). Sweden is to the west, Russian to the east, Norway to the north & Estonia to the south.

Why Visit Finland?

Fun Facts About Finland

  • The official currency is the Euro, although in areas close to the Sweden & Norway borders Swedish krona (including coins) & Norwegian krona can be used respectively. In Finland one & two euro cent coins are not used, it’s rounded up to the nearest five euro cents.
  • The national language is Finnish (Suomi is Finnish for Finland).
  • It has a population of roughly 5,400,000 people and it’s estimated that 3,600,000 people visit each and every year.
  • Helsinki is the Nation’s capital with a population of over 600,000
  • The average income in Finland is $24,958 per year according to the OECD. Although there is a large income disparity between the wealthy and the poor.
  • 24.48% of Finland’s energy comes from renewable sources.
  • Life expectancy at birth is almost 80 years of age.
  • Speeding fines are based upon your income. The more you earn, the more you get fined. The top fine ever recorded was for a massive €116,000 – Anssi Vanjoki was the culprit. He is the director of Nokia and was estimated to earn $12.5mill per year. Jaakko Rytsola was the old record holder with a fine of €80,000.
  • Finland is home to world ‘Wife Carrying Championships‘.
  • It’s illegal to drive without your headlights on. This has been law since 1982 apparently.
  • Finland broadcasts the news in Latin. Nuntii Latini is the only Latin news broadcasting service in the world. Why? Don’t ask us!
  • Donald duck was banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants! Ok, it looks like you guys/snopes debunked this one.