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Welcome to Finland

Finland

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Finland is situated in Northern Europe and has borders with Sweden, Norway, Russia and Estonia. The capital city of Helsinki is the second most northern capital of any country, behind Reykjavik. The country has over 180, 000 lakes, as well as 179, 000 islands.
This is a prosperous country and was chosen as the best country to live in the world by Newsweek in 2010. As well as Helsinki, Finland has a wide range of cities and regions to visit. You can pay a trip to Turku, which is the country’s oldest city, where medieval architecture mixes with more contemporary styles. Rauma, in the west of the country, is well known for making bobbin lace and the wooden town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the main reasons tourists flock to Finland is for the opportunity to see the Northern Lights. The country has some of the best spots to witness the Aurora Borealis. This natural occurrence can be seen more frequently the further north you travel.
Another of the major tourist attractions in Finland is the chance to visit the real home of Santa Claus, Lapland. This mysterious and magical place offers a huge amount of attractions and activities for everyone across the year. However, it really comes to life in the run-up to Christmas. When you visit this Arctic Circle destination, you can experience everything that it has to offer. You can check out some of the great wildlife and natural scenery, whether it's on horseback or walking or cycling. If you enjoy winter sports, then there’s plenty to keep you busy, such as ice climbing, skiing, snowshoeing and husky or reindeer safaris.
When you book a holiday in Finland with JiveHippo, the Lakeland region has various areas to visit. Tampere is a compact and peaceful city with an abundance of shops and museums. If you’re looking for the perfect spot for some kayaking and boating, then you should head to Lake Saimaa. For a stunning view over the city of Kuopio, you need to go to the very top of the Puijo Tower. At 75 metres high, this offers spectacular views, complete with revolving restaurant. While you’re in the area, you should visit Hame Castle, which is one of the finest examples of a medieval castle remaining in the country.
The capital, Helsinki, is an excellent destination for a cultural city break or as a stop on a tour of the country. The whole area is easy to get around and also has parks, lakes and a beautiful coastline. There are vast cultural differences in the city, with influences from the East and the West. You can take a ferry from the city’s harbour out to the Suomenlinna sea fortress, which is another of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Finland.
The autonomous region of Aland consists of over 6, 500 islands and over 60 of them are inhabited. The region lies in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden. It is an excellent location for island-hopping, whether using the many bridges that link the islands or by ferry. You can also view the Pommern in the city of Mariehamn. It is a wooden cargo ship that sailed from England to Australia in the early 20th century.
The Kvarken archipelago is another of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are over 5, 600 islands that make up the region and more of them are actually emerging from the sea every year. The shoreline is a great spot for viewing the local wildlife, and you can explore this fascinating area by land or water.

 

Climate

Due to the vastness of the country, there are large differences in climate. It tends to have warmer summers than other northern countries, due to the effects of the Gulf Stream and the Baltic Sea. However, in contrast, large parts of the country suffer from very cold winters which are long and harsh. Even in the south, the average temperature will be below freezing for parts of the year. The Lapland region in the north of Finland can see temperatures reach - 45 C and will have snow covering the ground from October through to as late as May. In the very north of the country, there is no sunrise for 51 days in the winter, as well as permanent daylight for 73 summer days.

Getting Around

In all towns and cities throughout Finland you will find a good bus service, with frequent bus times. If you are in a smaller town, your will still have a good bus service, but the times will be less frequent.

Helsinki is the only city to have a metro and trams.

If you are looking to take a taxi in Finland, you must be aware that the fares are high. You will find the taxis outside all major bus and train stations.

Health

If you are travelling to Finland, be sure to get your European Helath Insurance Card EHIC, this card will entitle you to any medical treatment that you may need while on holiday.

If you are not able to get your EHIC, then you must make sure that you are able to show your travel insurance and have accessible funds to be able to cover any treatment that may be needed.

Language

The main language in the country is Finnish, which is spoken by a large majority of the population. In some parts of the country, Swedish is the first language. This dates back to the time when it actually formed part of Sweden from the 12th century through to 1809. The indigenous people from Lapland have their own language, Sami.

Money

The currency of Finland is the euro. They were one of the early adopters of the single currency when it was first used in 2002.

Safety

Crime levels are very low in Finland.

If you are in a tourist are, then be aware of pickpockets.

Time

Finland are under the Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+02:00).

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