Surrounded by neighboring countries of Sweden, Russia and Norway, Finland remains a country that is something of a mystery to most people. With a population of approximately 4.5 million citizens and residents, most of which live in the southern part of the country, Finland has more open space that most of its European neighbors.
A country with an interesting history, Finland was part of Sweden and later under Russian power, but today the country is a Parliamentary Republic. While it was by no means one of the first countries in Europe to join the industrialization movement, they have developed very quickly and are now considered to be one of the richest nations in all the world. They have also been recognized as a country where the citizens enjoy the highest quality of life. Perhaps the world should be paying more attention to this mysterious country and its people.
Finland’s geographical position gives it extreme seasons. The winter months are freezing and white, while the summer days are long with the sun shining bright well into the evening. One unique fact about Finland is that, in the northern part of the country, the sun does not set for some 73 days straight in the summer and it does not rise for 51 days straight in the winter. Many visitors find it difficult to adapt to a sleeping pattern when visiting, but the locals are well-used to the seasonal patterns.
There has been a consistent rise in tourism in the country since its rapid modernization and development. While being lovely to the eye, it is a country that also fascinates people. It is a different way of life and a very unique culture that people love to get to know. Winter guests can engage in a number of outdoor winter sports, while summer visitors may simply want to explore the forests and do a little bird watching.
Finland remains a mystery to many, but the country has done well to build and preserve itself into being a wealthy and peaceful nation. It has earned the respect of many other nations and its people are proud of their accomplishments.