Flyaway Friday: Get ready to pack your bags to Finland

Feb 9, 201826 comments

Have your bags packed and ready to go on a trip around the globe on our weekly feature on ‘Flyaway Friday‘? Last month we took a trip to France and we returned safely, didn’t we? As you all know I am obsessed with snow and ice these days following my trip to Georgia, so I decided to pick up a country that would help me continue to do just that. And here it is – we are traveling to Finland this month.

Finland, offically called the Republic of Finland, is one of the north European countries. I am sure you would know that, but let us learn a little bit more about Finland before we take the trip. Shall we get on with it?

Some more facts about the country to begin with:

Finland

Here are a few things you can learn right awayΒ to impress your friends and family.

Did someone say I am nerdy?

1) Finland shares the border with Russia to the east, Norway to the north and Sweden to the northwest.

Finland

Photo Credit: peabodylibrary

2) You can see the northern lights or the Aurora Borealis from the northern Finland for most part of the year.

3) Oh how could I forget to mention that the Santa Claus village is in Finland where one can see the real Santa Claus? All you have to visit Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, Finland. The small town receives about 300,000 annual visitors every year.

Finland

Photo Credit: visitrovaniemi

4) You can celebrate new year twice in 24 hours in Finland. Finland is two hours behind GMT and Sweden is just one hour behind GMT which means you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in Finland and then cross over the Karesuando outpost (specially marked for this purpose) to regain the lost 60 minutes and celebrate NYE again.

5) Though called the land of thousand lakes, there are about 188000 lakes in Finland which have the cleanest water in the world.

Finland

Photo Credit: spawellbeing

6) Finland just celebrated its 100th anniversary of independence on December 6, 2017. Everything that you see Finns winning in today’s world has been achieved in the past 100 years, which seems a mighty success to me.

7) James Bond’s favorite globe chair was designed in Finland by Eero Aarnio. It is just one example of the sleek, minimal and functional Finnish designs that have become a fashion statement.

Finland

Photo Credit: inspirationfeed

8) Finns are generally said to be silent and introverted people. At least that is how they are portrayed in the Finnish Nightmares and other blogs. (I am mentally filing away that question to ask our Finnish guest blogger who will be writing on one of these Fridays)

Finland

Photo Credit: http://finnishnightmares.blogspot.com

You will hear more about the country, the Finns and of course the books from Finland in the subsequent weeks.

So stay connected.

Do you know any other trivia about Finland or their culture? What else do you want to hear about the countries here. Let us know.

Finland

26 Comments

    • Gayathri

      Do come back for the next week’s post. We will discuss books that will take us to Finland virtually.

      Reply
  1. Jenn @ Bound to Writing

    Great post! Thanks for all of the amazing facts about Finland! I’ve learned a lot today.

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    • Gayathri

      I am glad you like it Jenn! I will be making a bookish post about Finland soon.

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  2. Katiria Rodriguez

    Great post I absolutely love this post. This is totally different and I so love learning about different countries. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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    • Gayathri

      Happy you like the post. It is a series so feel free to take a look at the ohters as well.

      Reply
  3. DJ Sakata

    Love your fun facts, please do Holland soon, one of my favorite authors was born and reared there – Freya Barker.

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    • Gayathri

      Glad you liked it. I will add her to my list of authors to check out as well.

      Reply
  4. Nikki

    I learned something new today, great post and safe travels!

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    • Gayathri

      Glad you liked it Nikki!

      Reply
  5. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    Hahaha I laughed at the Finnish Nightmares so much πŸ˜€ it’s so true! I’m not Finnish, but I’m Northern enough to totally understand this. It’s like the Norther-uhm-more we get, the more the population turns introverted πŸ˜€ I’ve GOTTA follow that blog, lol.

    I haven’t been to Finland, cause lol I haven’t been anywhere, really, but I have worked with some Finns, so I know a little bit about them. Nice people.

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    • Gayathri

      I have been addicted to the Finnish Nightmare blog for quite sometime now. Even before I chose the country for the month I knew I would be using the images from that blog whenever I would choose Finland.

      I might agree with the correlation between North and introverts even. We Indians and Arabics are absolutely boisterous and have almost zero respect (or need) for privacy. I think I should do a post on country and stereotypes soon πŸ˜› This is why I love talking with you Eva <3

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      • Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

        Hahaha, thanks πŸ˜€ yeah, actually, I met one American person who moved here and he said he LOVES it how people just leave him alone here xD he’s very introverted, and apparently it’s so much easier to live here when you’re like that, as opposed to where he’s from.

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        • Gayathri

          I totally understand that. I love exactly the same – personal space and privacy are rare in the places I have lived.

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  6. Allison Bock

    Finland is such a beautiful country. Have fun!

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    • Gayathri

      I hope to find as many good books as I can for the next post.

      Reply
  7. Bookworms Corner Blog Spot

    I Love this! My life dream is to stay in one of those see through igloos and look up at the Aurora Borealis! I am a huge snow fan, and I would definitely be visiting Santa! I wanna go now!

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    • Gayathri

      Oh that is on my list as well. We should go right now.

      Reply
  8. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I didn’t know anything about Finland, so this was interesting! I’ve always wanted to see the Northern lights, and the Santa Claus village looks awesome!

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    • Gayathri

      I love that we can virtually visit all countries through books and writing. I am glad you liked this.

      Reply
  9. The Temperamental Writer

    I hope you have a great trip. It looks beautiful there!
    That’s great about being able to celebrate the New Year twice! XD

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    • Gayathri

      I know right? NYE but double the fun.

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    • Gayathri

      Those chairs looks super cute and comfy right? I had to share it.

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  10. Fanna

    I’m looking forward to this series of posts! Finland sounds so amazing with the norhtern lights and so many clean lakes. Especially with that cool one-hour difference with Sweden that can win me two NYEs haha πŸ˜€ That must be so cool. Lovely posts, Gayathri!

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    • Gayathri

      I am glad you like them Fanna. I literally did a happy dance reading your comment.

      Reply

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