Sightseeing in Finland
Tourism and Culture
Different Forms of Tourism
- Museums and examples of ancient architecture remaining from the reign of the Swedish Empire. Castles are found for example in Turku, Hämeenlinna and Savonlinna.
- Museums, concerts, cinema, etc. During the summer there are a lot of different international music festivals such as Savonlinna Opera Festival, Pori Jazz and Provinssirock.
- Landscape of lakes, rivers, forests, meadows and fells. Midnight sun, polar night and northern light. See also the UNESCO world heritage sights in Finland.
- Many hurches and cathedrals scattered all across Finland reflecting the strong Finnish Lutheran following, as for example the Orthodox monastery of Valamo.
- Original Finnish sauna can be found everywhere. There are also many spas.
- 187 888 lakes, tens of thousands of summer cottages, long coastline with plenty of beach and holiday resorts by the Baltic Sea. The most well-know is perhaps Yyteri beach with six kilometres of sand and dunes.
- Winter Sports
- Lots of alternatives. See a detailed list here.
- Outdoor Activities
- Click here for specific information.
- Finland is a country of modern design such as Marimekko, Iittala and Arabia. Helsinki offers a wide range of possibilities for shopping for everyone. Click here for more information on Finnish fashion, design and shopping in Helsinki.
|Top Highlights of the Country|
|Lemmenjoki National Park|
|Orthodox Monastery of Valamo|
|Turku Castle and Historical Museum|
|Cruises on the lake Saimaa|
|Särkänniemi Adventure Park|
Individual and Civic Freedoms
- Political Freedom
- Civil Liberty
- Freedom of the Press
- The law and constitution provide for freedom of speech and of the press.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 2/175
Evolution: 3 place up compared to 2008
- For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
- Free Access to the Internet
- Freedom of Assembly
- Respected. The law and constitution provide for freedom of assembly and association.
- Rule of Law
- Extensive. Finland is one of the least corrupted countries in the world.
- Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
- Women's Condition
- Women and men have identical legal rights and are to be treated equally.
- For Further Information
The U.S. Department of State
- Degree of Freedom
- Freedom of religion
- Lutheran Church of Finland 84.2%, Orthodox Church 1.1%, other Christian 1.1%, other 0.1%, none 13.5%.
- Role of Religion in Society
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