Sightseeing in Finland

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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.

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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

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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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