1. Santa Claus gets taken to the extreme
Finland is pretty much home to Santa Claus, who is from the northern region of Finland, Korvatunturi (The Ear Mountain), in Lapland. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Santas can be found in almost every shopping center, supermarket, and department store, including Kamppi in Helsinki, and Stockmanns. We’re used to seeing Santa greet travelers at airports or train stations, especially in Lapland, and we can even send our wish list to Santa in the post. Every single letter, of which the Finnish Santa receives some hundreds of thousands from kids and adults from around the world, gets answered from the “Santa Claus Main Post Office” in Rovaniemi. And if Christmas isn’t enough for us, we can meet Santa Claus every day of the year right by the Arctic Circle at Finland’s Santa Claus Village.