Finland is a Nordic country with a population of 5.5 million people and it’s the happiest country in the world, according to World Happiness Report 2017. I shares borders with Sweden to the west and Russia to the east. There are a total of 5.5 million permanent residents in Finland, 97% of which are ethnically Finnish.
Finland has been a great example of the “Nordic model” for urban planning and design. It exemplifies sustainable development, which is evidenced by their low carbon footprint. Finland also has one of the happiest populations in Europe, despite their cold winters and long dark nights.
The famous Finnish Happiness is attributed to their culture’s focus on self-determination and independence in personal decisions as well as strong social security net that provides financial assistance when needed as well as universal healthcare.
The government system in Finland is made up of executive power resided in the President who appoints ministers responsible for different sectors
Fascinating Facts about Finland
1 Finland is known for its mobile phones; they are so numerous that payphones are completely nonexistent.
2 Finland is seen as the world’s least corrupt country, according to the company Transparency International.
3 About one fifth of Finland’s total estimated 5.5 million population lives in its capital Helsinki.
4 Finland is a primarily Lutheran country with 79% considering themselves Lutheran; the other 19% claim no religious affiliation.
5 Finland was controlled by Russia for over a hundred years, until it declared independence on December 6, 1917.
6 It is the most sparsely populated country in all of the European Union.
7 The national sport of Finland, Pesapallo, is similar to American baseball.
8 In 2003, Finland became the first country in the world to have a female prime minister, as well as a female president.
9 It’s a country highly reliant on trade, with exports accounting for roughly a third of its GDP.
10 Relatively small compared to some other countries, Finland is three times the size of the state of Ohio.
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Summary of Finland Facts
Finland has some interesting traffic regulations. For instance, fines for speeding are entirely dependent on the salary each individual earns. Drivers are also legally bound to keep their headlights on at all times, rain or shine, day or night.
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