Finland

Key Country Facts

Population: 5.5 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

Starting in 2010, Finland celebrates an annual Day of Failure every October 13th. The day celebrates bad news and unlucky events as a way of reflecting on what happened and what can be done better in the future.

Other Information:

Top exports: metals, metal products, machinery, scientific instruments, electronics, shipbuilding items, pulp and paper, food, chemicals, clothing, and textiles.

Finland  gained independence in 1917. The capital is Helsinki. About 5.5 million people live here (2013) and the official language is Finnish (spoken by the majority of the population) along with Swedish. The main religion is Christianity, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the Orthodox Church of Finland are the largest Christian communities. The top exports are metals, metal products, machinery, scientific instruments, electronics, shipbuilding items, pulp and paper, food, chemicals, clothing, and textiles. The time zone is 6 hours ahead of EST.

Finland is known as the Land of a Thousand Lakes – but that is an understatement. Finland has more lakes than any country in the world: 187,888 lakes and 179,888 islands, both of which are world records. Finland is also an easy country for hikers and campers to travel in, as most of its lands can be camped in freely.

An unusual fact about Finland is that, starting in 2010, it celebrates an annual Day of Failure every October 13th. The day celebrates bad news and unlucky events as a way of reflecting on what happened and what can be done better in the future.

Santa Claus lives in Finland!  He’s known as the “Yule Goat” and live in house on top of the Arctic Circle, near a town called Rovaniemi. Santa receives about 700,000 letters every year from children across the world.

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