Finland Travel Guide

by our Finland expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyFinland (Suomi) is a country of lakes and forest, with 80% covered by one or the other. It ranges from beautiful beaches, such as Hietaniemi adjoining the capital Helsinki, to the arctic tundra of Finnish Lapland in the north, complete with Northern Lights displays. Independence from Swedish and Russian influences came in 1917 and the country rapidly became a modern European leader, notably in design and music. In both the sub-arctic winters and short but brilliant summers, Helsinki is a city for visitors to enjoy. Start at the granite-faced Central Railway Station which has a thriving underground shopping mall, Asematunneli, and a large colorful ice rink just outside (take care - the metro station name is Rautatientori). Senate Square is another focal point with some excellent architectural examples … as well as proximity to the richly varied shops and restaurants avenue, Aleksanterinkatu, that includes the ‘meeting-place’ clock of Stockmann department store. It’s one of the great Christmas shopping streets of Europe. The 1952 Olympic Stadium is a model of how to host the Games and create an enduring city resource. A still-magnificent tower, a much-used triple-pool swimming area, a great business and leisure centre.

Finland Facts

National Flag: Finnish Flag
Language(s): Finnish
Currency: Euro
Capital city: Helsinki
Total Area: 338,145 km2
Population: 5,318,105
Dialling Code: +358
Time Zone: GMT + 2
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