Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north and Russia to the east; Estonia lies to the south across the Gulf of Finland. It has a population of approximately 5.5 million, and its capital is Helsinki.
Finland is probably one of the most innovative and modern countries in Europe – what makes this beautiful country so special?
It its well known for its wild nature, clean lakes and modern Finish design – but also for unique natural phenomenon “Aurora Borealis” and the Midnight Sun.
Aurora Borealis is the name for “The Northern Lights”, a powerful light phenomenon. It is said, that the thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. Some, however, get hooked and can never get enough of the blazing colors in the sky. Being one of the best places to spot this event, Finland has even received immigration because of them. The further north you go, the greater the chances of spotting the Aurora Borealis. In Finish Lapland for example they can appear up to 200 nights a year.
The midnight sun is Finland’s most iconic natural phenomenon. In the northernmost parts of Finish Lapland, the sun stays above the horizon for over 70 executive days during the summer.
Another interesting fact: Finland was the first European country to introduce women’s suffrage, which elected the world’s first female members of parliament in the 1907 parliamentary elections.
Make sure to try one of the oldest traditional pasties found in Europe: the Karelian pastry. Common fillings of this rye wheat crusted pastry are barley, potato, rice and buckwheat.