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Finland

Finland
The flag of Finland

Finland has it all – snowy winters, pleasantly warm summers and colourful spring and autumn.  Lapland is the most snow guaranteed place in the Europe. Not only the climate but also Finns are considered to be cool – a bit quiet and reserved. But they are actually warm, friendly, hospitable and especially honest people.

Finland is unique. That’s a fact !

 

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Finland is worth to visit

The first impression you get, looking out from the window of the plane, is that there are a lot of trees. An endless carpet of forest, with lakes in between. And a few small farms and small towns. So it’s kind of a surprise when you land in Helsinki to find that the airport is so modern and efficient. Not a polar bear in sight.

A few more surprises
You’ll have a few more surprises as you travel around the country. Meeting a herd of reindeer in Sápmi (Lapland).

Sailing among thousands of islands in the archipelago, or on one of thousands of lakes in eastern Finland.

The endless days of summer and the endless nights of winter.

The country
Finland consists of 19 regions called maakunta in Finnish and landskap in Swedish. The regions are governed by regional councils, which serve as forums of cooperation for the municipalities of a region. The main tasks of the regions are regional planning and development of enterprise and education. In addition, the public health services are usually organized on the basis of regions. Currently, the only region where a popular election is held for the council is Kainuu. Other regional councils are elected by municipal councils, each municipality sending representatives in proportion to its population.

In addition to inter-municipal cooperation, which is the responsibility of regional councils, each region has a state Employment and Economic Development Centre, which is responsible for the local administration of labour, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and entrepreneurial affairs. The Finnish Defence Forces regional offices are responsible for the regional defence preparations and for the administration of conscription within the region.

To be a tourist in Finland
Finland attracted over 6,1 million tourists in 2010, with most coming from Russia. The value added by tourism is about 2.4% of the Finnish GDP, and provides around 60,000 jobs. The Finnish tourism brand is stated by the Finland Promotion Board. The brand has four main dimensions beginning with letter C: Cool, Contrasts, Credible, Creative.

The summer is marked by long days in Finland, especially in the far north where the sun does not set at all. Tourists can go fishing and canoeing. There are several large lakes, including lakes Saimaa, Inari, and Päijänne. Walking is quite a popular activity in the summer. There are no high mountains in Finland, so climbing is somewhat limited. The highest mountain is Halti near Enontekiö. It rises 1328 metres above sea level.

In the winter there is a large snowcastle with an Ice hotel built every year in the northern town of Kemi. Rovaniemi is a place from which to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern lights. Tourists in the north of the country in winter often enjoy trips in reindeer sleighs with Sámi drivers, or in dog sleighs.

It is also possible to ski, with downhill resorts at Saariselkä and Levi, and many cross country ski tracks throughout the northern part of the country. Ice hockey is a popular sport in winter, and it is possible to go ice yachting, or ice skating on the ice. Most lakes are also frozen, so ice fishing (pilkkiminen) is quite popular.

Popular tourist destinations
Helsinki, Finland’s capital and largest city, receives many visitors year-round. During the summertime thousands of tourists approach Helsinki by cruising boats travelling across the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is known as a clean, modern and safe meeting point between the east and west. Helsinki has a reputation as the coolest party city in the Nordic countries.

Other popular tourist destinations within Finland include Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Rovaniemi and Porvoo.

 

Finland for everyone …

 

Visit the Official Tourism Site of Finland  if you plan a trip to this amazing country  (http://www.visitfinland.com)

 

If you want to learn more and discover Finland, I highly recommend this book, “Finland (Insight Guides)” which you can buy from this link below.

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