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Finland is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, mostly covered with forest and packed with hundreds of thousands of lakes and islands!

Rovaniemi is the place to go to check out the Northern Lights, and you can go dog or reindeer sledding with the indigenous Sami people; and as well as cross country ski trails all over the north, there is downhill skiing at Saariselka and Levi.

The capital, Helsinki, has a reputation as a cool party city, and you can try local spirits such as cloudberry liqueur.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Suomenlinna sea fortress is a popular picnic spot during the long Summer days.

Our articles cover topics like how to visit Helsinki on a budget, festivals such as the Wife Carrying Championship and the heavy metal festival at the abandoned Tuska power station (now an art space), life amongst the Sami, and where to find the leeriest ice sculptures and craziest restaurants.

Finland Articles

The 20 funniest Finnish expressions (and how to use them)

by Maari Parkkinen

10 go-to bars in Helsinki

by Dayana Aleksandrova

10 reasons I’m proud to be from Finland

by Tiina Kokki

Pub crawling through Finland’s former capital

by Diana O'Gilvie

Budget guide to Helsinki

by Karen Dion

Watch: The difference between child poverty in Finland and in the US

by Amanda Machado

An international guide to raising children from 8 cultures

by Steve Schiff

11 side effects I had as an American traveling in Finland

by Nicole Wildman

Finnish photographer takes unbelievably close-up pictures of wildlife and the result is beautiful

by Morgane Croissant

10 stunning images of the remote Finnish island of Utö

by Dave Brett

Here’s where to find some of the cleanest air in the world

by PRI's The World

The backstory behind my raddest shots on Instagram

by Eeva Makinen

Will retirement homes no longer be for retirement? See how it’s working in Helsinki

by Kae Lani Kennedy

12 images that will make you want to visit Lapland

by Alice Latham

14 signs you were raised by Finnish parents

by Veera Papinoja

12 dead giveaways you’re from Finland

by Veera Papinoja

Check this 4K Finland timelapse with surreal skies

by Morgane Croissant

Finland is about to start paying every citizen $850 a month — no questions asked

by Matt Hershberger
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