Finland Facts

Facts about Finland

Finnish Independence Day

When is Finnish Independence Day?

This holiday is celebrated annually on 6 December and marks the Declaration of Independence from the Russian empire by the Finnish Parliament in 1917.

To celebrate the independence of Finland, here are some interesting facts about Finland.

10 Facts about Independence Day

Finland has 179,888 islands and 187,888 lakes

Finland is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, with only 16 inhabitants per square km

Finns drink the most coffee per person than any other country. They each drink 12kg of coffee every year, that is twice as much as Italians and three times more than Americans.

The only commonly used English word taken directly from Finnish is 'sauna'.

There are more saunas than cars in Finland.

'Saippuakivikauppias, which is the Finnish word for a dealer in soapstone, is the world's longest one word palindrome (it reads the same backwards as forwards).

Finland has more heavy metal bands per capita than any other country in the world.

Despite it being often referred to as one of the Scandinavian countries, Finland is not part of Scandinavia. It is part of Fennoscandia, a larger region that includes the Scandinavian Peninsula, Finland, Karelia and the Kola Peninsula.

Finland was part of Sweden from the 12th century. From 1809 until independence in 1917, it was part of the Russian Empire.

Finland's capital Helsinki is the most northerly city to stage the Summer Olympics, which it did in 1952. It had been chosen for the 1940 event which was cancelled because of the Second World War.


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