Finland facts

Finland is part of Fennoscandia, not Scandinavia.

There are more saunas than cars in Finland.

After WW1, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland emerged as independent nations.

In Finland, slot machines are monopolized by a non-profit company that gives all its earnings to charity.

At the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, first prize is the wife’s weight in beer.

There’s a Golf Club on the border of Sweden and Finland: half the holes are in one country and half in the other.

In Finland, 9 out of 10 plastic bottles are returned for recycling and almost 100% of glass bottles are also recycled.

Passports issued by the UK, Sweden and Finland offer visa-free travel to more countries than any other passports.

There’s a cruise ship that runs between Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, just to purchase cheap alcohol.

In Finland, when someone earns their Ph.D., they are given a top hat and a sword.

There are tuition-free Universities in Finland, Austria, Norway, Germany, and Sweden with careers in English for international students.

Declawing cats is legal in most U.S. states but banned in at least 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

In 2010, Finland became the first country in the world to make Internet access a legal right.

Every year, Finland increases in surface area by about 7 sq km (2.7 sq mi) per year because it is rebounding from the weight of ice-age glaciers and rising out of the sea.

Ikea names sofas, coffee tables and bookshelves after places in Sweden; beds, wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway; carpets after places in Denmark and dining tables and chairs after places in Finland.

There’s a resort in Finland where you sleep in a glass igloo to watch the northern lights.

Mobile Phone Throwing is an official sport in Finland.

Finland has more heavy metal bands per capita than any other country in the world.

Around 1 in 10 convicts in Finland escaped prison in 2013, making it the prison-break capital of Europe.

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