Land of a thousand lakes
In Finland you will find more forest and water than anywhere else in Europe. The Finns have made a remarkable transformation from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy.
The country spends heavily on education, training and research – investment which pays dividends by delivering one of the best-qualified workforces in the world.
Living in Finland
Finland is an easy country to visit. Finnish customs and manners are clearly European, with only a few national variations, and attitudes are liberal.
Nevertheless, it is fair to say that Finns have a special attitude to words and speech: words are taken seriously, and people are held to what they say. Finns are better at listening than at talking, and interrupting another speaker is considered impolite. Finns rarely enter into conversation with strangers, unless a particularly strong impulse prompts it. When meeting, Finns shake hands and make eye contact. Handshakes are brief and firm, and involve no supporting gestures.
Finnish currency is Euro. One euro is 100 cents. Costs of living in Finland are pretty high. The daily lunch costs you about 10-15 euros. The price of monthly bus ticket in Metropolian area is 50-60 €.
The annual changes in temperature are typical for Finland’s climate. Winter usually begins during November in southern part of Finland. In summer time the temperature can reach about 25 Celsius. Day light hours varies a lot annually.
The current population of Finland is 5,5 million. About 85% live in towns and cities, with 1.4 million living in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area alone. Finland is a relatively ethnically homogeneous country.
Finnish is a member of the Finno-Ugric family of languages, unlike most of the other languages spoken in Europe. Therefore, its structure and vocabulary are very different from the Indo-European languages. The other official language in Finland is Swedish.