With Christmas just around the corner and Finland blowing out 100 candles to celebrate their independence today, we thought we’d let you in on the mesmerising mystery of this winter wonderland with 10 fun facts. As a country set deep in the north of Europe, Finland has attained a complex history; as previously an autonomous entity within the Russian Empire, and now declared independent on this day 100 years ago.
Whilst Finland has a fascinating history, they’ve also acquired an overwhelming stretch of snow capped forestry and forward thinking cities that we wish to explore. But read with caution, these 10 facts will for sure leave you packing up your life into a suitcase to go live with the real-life Santa Claus in their very own Lapland.
1) Finland may be inches in a white, snowy blanket right now, but it’s also the greenest place in the world, with a whopping 90.68% rating in the Environmental Performance Index 2016. On top of their list, they’re aiming to produce 38% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, which has been made legally binding, as well as declaring motor vehicle ownership obsolete by 2025 in the capital of Helsinki.
2) The tree hugging doesn’t stop here. Finland has more forest per square mile than any other European country at 7,847,384,932m. This fact goes hand in hand with Finland being the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, with 16 inhabitants per km2. If people aren’t your thing, this is your spot.
3) Finland is also known as The Land of a Thousand Lakes. Well, a bit more than that. Finland isn’t only smothered with pines, but with clear water lakes – 179,584 to be exact.
3) 芬兰也被称为千湖之国。好吧，稍微再多一点。芬兰不仅有松树，而且湖水清澈 – 准确地说有179,584个湖。
4) With all this outdoor activity, the Finns need somewhere to warm up after a day out in the cold. But why not do this at the same time as cleansing? They’re owners of three million saunas for 5.4 million people. That’s more than enough for two people to have their own sauna – count us in!
4) 随着所有这些户外活动，芬兰人需要在寒冷的一天后进行热身。但为什么不在洗澡的同时进行呢？他们则是百万桑拿的拥有者。这对于两个人来说拥有自己的桑拿已经足够了 – 算上我们吧！
5) Head north in Finland and you’re bound to bump sleighs with real-life Father Christmas and his many reindeer in Lapland. He receives 83,794,723,794,897 letters a year from children (and adults) across the world. Visits aside, Lapland is perfect for a winter ski or a summer hike.
6) Who are the biggest drinkers of coffee in the world? Italians? Brits? It is indeed the Finns. They consume 12kg each of the good stuff a year – double the Italians, triple the Americans, and quadruple more times than the Brit.
6) 谁是世界上最大的咖啡饮用者？意大利人？英国人？其实是芬兰人。他们每年消耗12公斤的咖啡 – 比意大利人翻了一番，比美国人翻了三倍，比英国人多了四倍
7) On the one hand they have relaxed, coffee drinkers hanging out on Sunday afternoon in the most stylish coffee shops, and on the other they have the most crazy events. There’s air guitar competitions, carry your wife races where the winning husband is rewarded with his wife’s weight in beer, and more to everyone’s taste, Restaurant Day – this food fiesta allows anyone in the country to open up shop for the day without a licence, whether it be in the street or the park. The event happens around every three months and sees as many as 1,500 food and drink pop ups.
7) 一方面，他们很放松，周日下午在最时尚的咖啡店里喝咖啡，另一方面他们有最疯狂的活动。有空气吉他比赛，携带你的妻子比赛，获奖丈夫奖励他的妻子啤酒，还有给每个人的味觉，餐厅日 – 这个食品节日允许任何人在这个国家开放一天的无证经营，无论是在街上还是在公园里。活动发生在每三个月左右，预估多达1500种食品和饮品。
8) A fact to highlight how much the Finns really do care for its people can be proven through attaining the world’s lowest mortality rate. The government offers every expectant mother a starter kit which includes a cardboard box that doubles up as a crib.
9) If head banging is your thing, you’re in luck. Finland has the most number of heavy metal bands per capita in the world – 54 bands per 100,000. Don’t miss their annual Open Air Metal Festival in June! Rock on.
9) 如果你喜欢摇滚，你运气真好。芬兰是世界上人均重金属乐队数量最多的国家 – 每10万人有54个乐队。不要错过六月份的年度露天金属节！
10) If you’re visiting Finland, you have to check out the wonder of the Northern Lights. It’s claimed that this spot on the northern magnetic pole is one of the best places on earth to observe the Aurora Borealis – bright dancing lights caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. It’s sure to fascinate all who see it.
10) 如果你去芬兰旅游，你必须检索北极光的奇迹。据称北极磁极上的这一点是地球上观测北极光的最佳地点之一 – 由来自太阳的带电粒子与进入地球大气之间的碰撞引起的明亮的舞动灯光。所有看到它的人肯定会着迷。
chozun 途赞 picks for Helsinki & beyond 赫尔辛基及更多
With Finland on everyone’s to do list, and as the most wanted travel destination amongst our Chinese travellers, we thought we’d run you through how we would do Finland at chozun 途赞 :
For coffee 咖啡
Start the day right accompanied by a Good Life Coffee at their coffee bar in Kallio, Helsinki. These guys get nerdy with the making of their coffee and hand-select and roast each and every bean – ‘life’s too short for weak coffee.’
位于赫尔辛基的Kallio 有个咖啡馆叫Good Life Coffee ，这里可以开启你的一天。这里的工作人员热衷咖啡，你会获得最精致的咖啡。
For art 艺术
You’re bound to be feeling artsy with Finland’s eye for design, so check out one of our favourite exhibitors in the city – Wilma Hurskainen. She epitomises our love for travel with catching sight of breath-taking landscapes and meeting new people with her portraits of women who are seamlessly camouflaged into beautiful landscapes behind them, creating an almost illusion.
你一定会感到芬兰人的设计非常的艺术。所以看看我们在这个城市最喜欢的参展商之一 – 威尔玛Hurskainen。她集中体现了我们对旅游的热爱，瞥见了令人叹为观止的景观，并与她的肖像相遇的新人们被无缝伪装成美丽的风景，创造了一种近乎幻想。
For something different 特色
To experience something a little out of the ordinary, feast your eyes and open mind on The Silent People display on Highway 5, Suomussalmi. There you’ll find over 1,000 scattered figures, or some could say scarecrows, dressed in colourful clothing with straw hair. The artist, Reijo Kela, refuses to give an explanation yet leaves it up to the viewer to create their own interpretation. It’s all yours.
For live music 现场音乐
If you want a different way to spend your evening aside from unwinding in one of many saunas, we suggest you head to LeBonk club. There’s three floors of quirky design, great drinks, the most fashionable rooftop terrace, and the best live music on near enough every night of the week.
What’s not to love about Finland?