Finland in the north of Europe is a modern country with comfortable small towns and villages and has a large amount of unspoiled nature. There are many lakes and they takes 10% of the surface.
Finland extends into the Arctic, where the northern lights and the midnight sun can be seen.
Despite the fact that the Finns live in one of the most developed countries in the world they like their summer cottages, where they go in the summer months, and all kinds of leisure activities of the earlier, such as swimming, fishing, sauna and barbecue.
Finland consists mostly of low, flat to rolling plains interspersed with lakes and low hills, with mountains only in the extreme north and Finland's highest point, Mount Halti, rising only to a modest 1,324 metre (4,344 feet). Finland sits squarely on the taiga zone, covered in coniferous forest, which is interspersed with cultivated land, towns, lakes and bogs.
Lakes and islands
Finland has 187,888 lakes according to the Geological Survey of Finland, making the moniker Land of a Thousand Lakes something of an underestimate. Along the coast and in the lakes are – according to another estimate – 179,584 islands, making the country an excellent boating destination as well. The Lakeland is more or less a plateau, so the lakes make up labyrinths of islands, peninsulas, sounds and open water, and the coastal archipelagos follow suite.
Helsinki is Finland's capital and largest city. This city is combining the atmosphere of an international metropolis with the coziness of a small town. Helsinki is best seen during its short summers, when the sun brings the outdoor bars and cafés to life and even the nights are light. While visiting in winter is more of a challenge. Helsinki is among the world's northernmost capitals and the lengthy winter is dark and chilly. Winter temperatures average −5 °C (23 °F), but the wind chill and humidity makes it feel even colder and the mercury can plunge below −20 °C (−4 °F) on a particularly cold day. Days are short.