You’re missing out big time if you haven’t traveled to Finland. Out of the European countries, this is the place where you should spend your holidays to stay far away from the busy life of yours. Finland is the happiest country in the world, yeah it’s real, you can google it.
You see, the human brain is a complex biological processor which is the fastest known computing device. You work as hard as possible all throughout the year, resourcing your brain and its functionality. At some point, its gonna need a break. All machines need a break, because of all the mechanical and physical energy it goes through. Just like that the brain needs some space to chill. And Finland is the right place to do that, you ask why? Why don’t you keep reading?
1. As I said earlier, Finland is the happiest country in the world.
It’s not rocket science, good policies, people and government do exist in some places. The Finnish government runs with the faith of mutual trust and equality respecting the freedom of all men and women. That is the reason why they’re ranked as the No. 1 Happiest Country in World Happiness Report.
2. The magnificent Northern Lights to make your night sky the most special one like no other.
The lights appear between September and March. Art in the sky, who would wanna miss that?
3. Food and travel go hand-in-hand, and do you know they have a yearly festival here to celebrate the food culture?
Its called the Restaurant Day, anyone can set up a restaurant wherever they want right in the capital city, Helsinki.
4. While you’re here, definitely stay a night or two in the glass igloo.
You will experience the most surreal beauty sleeping under the night sky.
5. Finland is also known for inventing the craziest events all throughout the year.
One of the few is the reindeer racing, this happens during the winter, but where else will you find such crazy traditions?
6. Safety is very important while traveling and Finland seems to be the flag bearer of it.
Helsinki is the world’s second safest city. Reader’s Digest global test on honesty discovered that 11 out of 12 wallets that were deliberately left out in Helsinki were returned to their rightful owners.
7. The education system may not relate to your vacation but it is too good to leave out.
So again, Finland has the best education system in the world. Their system believes in learning more than striving for academic numbers. Their students are given equal priority with the freedom to excel in their own choices of subject and not the traditional subjects. They have only 3-4 hours of school a day and 30 minutes of homework.
8. For all the LOTR fans, these are the Finnish style Hobbit houses in Suomenlinna that you can’t miss.
They are located on the fortress island of Helsinki, Finland.
9. Kilpisjärvi has the cleanest air in all of Europe and Helsinki has the cleanest tap water.
Like, why are we still so unaware of all the amazing things that Finland has to provide. I guess maybe that’s why it is still so pure, safe, and magnificent.
10. Ever heard of the ‘Midnight Sun Film Festival’?
During summer in the northernmost part of the country, the sun doesn’t set fully for two months in a row. It is the time when the most exciting event is held, the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Lapland. Many International film delegates come together to watch films under the never-setting sun.
11. If you love heavy-metal music, well you’re in the right country.
Popular bands like Nightwish, The Rasmus, and Children of Bodom are all from Finland. Events like Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu have many International rock bands touring throughout the country.
12. The official Santa Claus lives here and you can definitely go and meet him.
Santa’s office is located in the Arctic Circle at Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland.
13. The literary culture of the Finnish people is as rich as any European country, even maybe more.
The national epic poem like Kalevela, or Väinö Linna’s war novel- The Unknown Soldier, Aleksis Kivi’s- The Seven Brothers, Tove Jansson’s children’s book series- Moomin. These are some of the most influential works of Finnish literature.
14. Now that we’ve covered the exciting parts, why don’t we get to know more about the people of Finland? The stereotypes, the good, the weird, everything you need to know.
Some may say they’re cold in nature, which can be true in some instances, but that comes from their lack of nature for filtering. They believe in simplicity with utmost faith in basic necessities of life. Not the lot that fusses over every detail. Casual and fun, humor loving people who just enjoy life for the purpose of living.
15. The importance of the connection between the Finns and nature.
In Finland, nature is celebrated through and through. They connect with it and value it as the most important part of their culture. They believe in solitary walks into the woods. The respect from nature comes from within them through the history of their civilization.