Think you know Finland?
Whether you’re traveling to Finland in the coming months or are just fascinated by this northern European country, our Finnish facts are sure to interest you.
Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Finland facts:
1. Finland is growing in size every year. While most of the rest of the world may be losing ground due to rising sea levels brought on by climate change, Finland’s growth is outpacing that. Because of post-glacial rebound, Finland adds up to 9mm in height and around 2.7 entire square miles (7 sq. km) every year!
2. Finland has been first on some key gender equality issues. Finland was the first European country to acknowledge women’s rights to vote in 1906. The very next year, in 1907, the first female members of parliament in the world were elected in Finland.
3. Finns celebrate National Failure Day each year. Held annually on October 13th, Finland’s National Day for Failure encourages people to learn from their past mistakes so as not to repeat them in the coming years.
4. Finland tops the list for drinking the most coffee per year. At 12 kg per person, Finns beat out even the other heavy coffee-drinking Scandinavian countries, which come in just behind it.
5. Finland has an annual wife carrying world championship. Located in Sonkajärvi, Finland each year, the wife-carrying competition is a popular sport where a team of two (one male and one female) compete by the female contestant being carried through a course by their male teammate.
6. Finns have more saunas per capita than any other country in the world. There are more than 2.3 million saunas in Finland which is enough for each Finnish household to have their own.
Well, that’s all our Finland facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about Finland we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!