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Finland is a northern European country that borders Sweden and Russia. It has a population of 5.5 million people with nearly a quarter of the inhabitants living in the Helsinki metro area. Finland was a grand duchy of Sweden for centuries until it became a grand duchy of Russia. (A grand duchy is simply a territory that is ruled by a grand duke or duchess.) 1917 is an important year for the country as it’s the year the country gained complete independence. The country places a strong focus on education, social security and healthcare, all of which are paid for by the state. No wonder the Finns are some of the happiest people in the world!
Visitors love Finland for many reasons. One of those reasons being that it’s consistently ranked as one of the safest countries in the world. Along with its safety, visitors flock to this country to witness a real life winter wonderland. Christmastime is an especially popular time to visit because the country comes alive with the spirit of the holidays. Besides the breathtaking nature, the cities are also something to experience. Helsinki often makes the list of cleanest cities in the world.
Finland is one of the best countries for viewing the Northern Lights. The Northern Lapland region is the best spot for seeing this natural phenomena, and while there, make a pitstop in Rovaniemi to meet Santa! He even has his own village complete with reindeer and all! Spend some time in the country’s clean, walkable capital city and enjoy the many attractions including the Market Square, the Chapel of Silence and the Helsinki City Museum. Set out for one of the country’s many national parks, some of the most popular being Nuuksio National Park, Urho Kekkonen National Park and Repovesi National Park. Don’t leave the country without experiencing the sauna culture. It’s said that there are more than 3 million saunas in Finland so, you shouldn't have trouble finding one!
If you want to see the Northern Lights, plan to travel to the country between September and March. Bear in mind that in the northernmost part of the country in the winter, the sun doesn't shine at all. On the contrary, during the summer, the sun is almost always shining. The summer is a fantastic time to visit if you’d like to experience the national parks and the many outdoor attractions. But there’s nothing quite as special as Finland in the winter with the majestic Christmas decorations and snow covered streets.