1. The population of Finland is about 5,500,000, with a density of 18 inhabitants per sq km, the lowest in the EU.
  2. There are more saunas than cars in Finland.
  3. After WW1, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland emerged as independent nations.
  4. Finland is part of Fennoscandia, not Scandinavia.
  5. At the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, first prize is the wife's weight in beer.
  6. There's a Golf Club on the border of Sweden and Finland: half the holes are in one country and half in the other.
  7. In Finland, 9 out of 10 plastic bottles are returned for recycling and almost 100% of glass bottles are also recycled.
  8. From the Middle Ages up to 1809,
    Finland was part of Sweden.
  9. There's a cruise ship that runs between Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, just to purchase cheap alcohol.
  10. In Finland, when someone earns their Ph.D., they are given a top hat and a sword.
  11. There are tuition-free Universities in Finland, Austria, Norway, Germany, and Sweden with careers in English for international students.
  12. Declawing cats is legal in most U.S. states but banned in at least 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
  13. In 2010, Finland became the first country in the world to make Internet access a legal right.
  14. Every year, Finland increases in surface area by about 7 sq km (2.7 sq mi) per year because it is rebounding from the weight of ice-age glaciers and rising out of the sea.
  15. Ikea names sofas, coffee tables and bookshelves after places in Sweden; beds, wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway; carpets after places in Denmark and dining tables and chairs after places in Finland.
  16. There's a resort in Finland where you sleep in a glass igloo to watch the northern lights.
  17. Mobile Phone Throwing is an official sport in Finland.
  18. Finland has more heavy metal bands per capita than any other country in the world.
  19. Around 1 in 10 convicts in Finland escaped prison in 2013, making it the prison-break capital of Europe.
  20. In Finland, slot machines are monopolized by a non-profit company that gives all its earnings to charity.
  21. The Brown bear is the national animal of Finland.
  22. A Burger King in Finland has an in-store sauna.
  23. The prehistoric Finns, along with most Siberian peoples, considered the bear as the spirit of one's forefathers.
  24. Finland celebrates "National Sleepy Head Day," where the last person in the house to wake up is thrown into water by the early risers.
  25. Swedish is also an official language
    in Finland.
  26. Passports issued by the UK, Sweden and Finland offer visa-free travel to more countries than any other passports.
  27. There are 2 million saunas in Finland for a population of 5 million.
  28. 99% of Finns take a sauna at least once a week.
  29. Finland will give $587 to 2,000 jobless citizens each month from January 2017 until 2019 to see if basic income works.
  30. Gambling in Finland is controlled by the government and all of the profits go to charity.
  31. In Finland, people call their country Suomi.
  32. Finland's passport became a flipbook when it was redesigned in 2012. It features a moose that walks across the page as you thumb through it.
  33. Iceland and Finland have the lowest infant mortality rate in the world.
  34. Finland refers to itself as the “Land of a Thousand Lakes”, but it actually has 188,000 lakes to be precise.
  35. Finland had the third smallest gender gap in the world in 2017.
  36. Finland is the only country in the developed world where fathers of primary school-age children spend more time with their children than mothers.
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