Finland is a country located in Europe. The nation is known for its picturesque landscape, the Northern Lights and its interesting history. Finland shares borders with Sweden, Norway and Russia. Finland forms part of Scandinavia. Finland has a largely cold climate – given its Northern-Europe position. as evidenced by its alpine terrain! The population of the nation is approximately 5,500,000. There is a lot to see and do in the country. Overall, Finland is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of UniEel Experiencing’.
Land Mass: 130,000 square miles
Religion: Lutheranism Christianity
Finland has an interesting history. There are traces of human in-habitation in Finland that date back over 100,000 years ago. The early centuries in Finland would be marred by violence with other nations in Northern Europe. During the Protestant Reformation in around the 16th Century, Finland adopted Lutheranism – a sector of Christianity. Severe famine would plague the nation, before an actual plague led to around a third of the Finnish population dying. Wars between Sweden and Russia would affect Finland, with Finland eventually falling under Russian control, and forming part of the Russian Empire. A destructive famine would happen again. Civil War broke out in the 1900s, which culminated in independence. Following the Second World War, Finland was able to strengthen ties with both the Soviet Union and Western superpowers. In recent years, Finland has enjoyed economic growth, stability, and joined the European Union in 1995.
Things to Do and See:
Finland is full of interesting sights and things to see! There are a range of National Parks in Finland. Some of the most well-known are the Koli National Park, Repovesi National Park and Pyha-Luosto National Park. The capital Helsinki also offers some incredible sights. One of Finland’s most popular tourist sites is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Suomenlinna. Located on the outskirts of Helsinki, Suomenlinna is a stunning site full of museums and military facilities. The Market Square in Helsinki is another popular location. There are also several museums in Finland such as the National Museum of Finland. A popular recreational location Linnanmaki is available to visit, it is a popular amusement park that also features some amazing views. There are some coastal areas which are very popular in Finland. Finland is also well-renowned for how the iconic Northern Lights are visible from the nation. People flock from all over the world to gain a view of the Lights. It is worth researching beforehand to know where and when to see the Lights.
Finland is a nation well worth visiting. As shown in this article, Finland certainly is an interesting country that offers a lot to its visitors. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Finland, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Finland, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Finland at this link. Happy travelling!