Travel: What Do We Know About Mysterious Nordic Finland?
Having lived in Finland for a couple of years, I am probably one of the very few non-natives lucky enough to have experienced the mysterious life of this interesting country.
Most people probably don't know that Finland's closest neighbour is Russia. It might also be surprising to know that Finns have the highest number of lakes (by land mass) and saunas (by population) - in the world!
It is an extremely interesting country to visit, with vast nature reserves (with only 18 people per square kilometer compared to 20,000 in China!), intense summers (with the sun setting after midnight!), extreme winters (with snow cover for close to half the year!), natural wonders (like the northern lights of aurora borealis), exciting activities (like dog sleding) and interesting accomodation options (including lighthouses on remote islands).
Whatever tickles your fancy - whether it be putting your feet up in a remote summer cottage, cycling the almost endless "King's Road" (perhaps in the vibrance of the nordic autumn), sampling ancient UNESCO heritage sites (as old as the bronze age!), cross country skiing (possibly through the winter twilight), sitting back to explore the expansive archipelago (on a commuter or a private boat) or perhaps you fancy tucking into some exotic scandinavia cuisine - Finland has sometime for everyone. Even the giant footballing (soccer) teams of Arsenal and Manchester City (from the UK) and the mighty Barcelona (from Spain) have been hosted by the capital city of Helsinki!
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