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Finland Travel Notes -- Finland, called Suomi in Finnish, is a country with around 60,000 lakes, the largest of which are the Saimaa, Inari, and P�ij�nne. Find out more about Finland @ Travel Notes.

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Finland, called Suomi in Finnish, is a country with around 60,000 lakes, the largest of which are the Saimaa, Inari, and P�ij�nne. About 6,500 islands in the Baltic Sea also belong to Finland.

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Driving From Helsinki, Driving From Vaasa.


Countries neighbouring Finland are: Sweden, Norway and Russia, with Estonia across the Bay of Finland to the south.

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Weather in Finland

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About Finland

The official languages of Finland are Finnish, a  Finno-Ugric language, and Swedish.

The Swedish speakers are mainly on the �land Islands and west-south-west districts.

Finland by Rail:
VR passenger services provide timetables and ticket prices for those wishing to see Finland by train.

Finland Festivals:
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Air travel and transport information from the number one carrier to and from Finland.

The Kainuu region is in the middle of Finland.

This is Finland:
Produced by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and published by the Finland Promotion Board, thisisFINLAND was originally established in 1995 as Virtual Finland.

Visit Finland:
The Land of the Midnight Sun - or long dark nights; depending on the time of year that you visit Finland.

Finland News

Newsroom Finland:
Daily news, arts and sport produced by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.


The capital of Finland since 1812 is also known as Helsingfors, in Swedish.

Helsinki was founded in 1550 by Gustav I Vasa, king of Sweden, on a site some distance inland from its present location, to which it was moved in 1640.

Helsinki was made the administrative capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland in 1812; then a part of the Russian Empire. The city became the capital of the Finnish Republic in 1917.

Helsinki has spacious streets and many gardens and parks. It is a pleasant city on a small peninsula extending into the Gulf of Finland, and was the site of the Summer Olympics in 1952.

The entrance to Helsinki harbour has been protected by the fortifications of Suomenlinna; on seven of the islands off the peninsula.

The port is icebound from January to May, except for one channel kept clear by an ice-breaker.

Virtual Helsinki Museum:
Familiarise yourself with the history of Helsinki with the aid of the fire inspector’s story and archaeological excavation results. The 3D model will give you a glimpse of how the city looked in 1805.

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Also called �bo in Swedish, Turku is a port at the mouth of the Aurajoki River; in south-west Finland.

Turku was founded in 1157 by Eric IX; king of Sweden from 1150 to1160.

It was the capital of Finland until 1812, when the seat of government was moved to Helsinki.

Turku Sights:
What to see in the former capital of Finland.

The Kings Road

Nothing to do with London, this is the road that Swedish Kings and Russian Czars travelled on - between St. Petersburg and Stockholm.

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100 kilometres north of Finland's capital, Helsinki, the city of Lahti is the gateway to the Finnish lake district.

A town at the southern end of Vesij�rvi Lake, in southern Finland. Lahti is famous for its winter sports facilities and annual ski events.

The nearby lake port of Vesij�rvi, is the place to go for summer boat connections on Lake P�ij�nne.

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Also called Ule�borg in Swedish, Oulu was founded by the Swedes in 1375, as a fortress against the Russians.

Oulu is on the northern part of the Baltic Sea, well known for its excellent network of cycle ways.

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Also known as Tammerfors in Swedish, Tampere was founded in 1779. The city is in south-west Finland, on the rapids that connect Lakes N�si and Pyh�.

Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland city in Scandinavia.

Besides the rich industrial heritage, there is a lot to see in Tampere: dozens of other museums, galleries and exhibitions, original Finnish architecture, breathtaking lake scenery, magnificent glacial ridges, beautiful parks and lush forests close to the city centre.

Visit Tampere:
The Tampere Tourist Information can be found in the railway station, at Rautatienkatu 25.

Accommodation in Tampere

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Most of Lapland is north of the Arctic Circle, and extends across the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

The highest point is Mount Kebnekaise (2,111 m), in Swedish Lapland.

The climate is arctic and vegetation is sparse, except in the densely forested southern portion.

Steamers operate on some of the lakes, and a few ports are ice-free throughout the year.

Most inhabitants of Lapland are Sami (Lapps or Laplanders), who speak a Finno-Ugric language also known as Sami.

The Sami live mostly in Norway, where they are called Finns and herd reindeer for food and clothing.

Rovaniemi, up in the arctic circle, is the capital of Lapland.

Accommodation in Rovaniemi

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The �land Islands

The Aland Islands (situated in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland) form an autonomous, demilitarised, Swedish-speaking province of Finland.

Getting to Aland

You can fly to the islands from Helsinki or Stockholm and there are several boat connections from both Sweden and Finland.

Ecker� Linjen:
Ferries passengers from Grisslehamn (2 hrs by bus from Stockholm) to Ecker� (45 minutes by bus from Mariehamn) in only two hours; all year round.

Silja Line:
Sails Turku-�land-Stockholm, Helsinki-�land-Stockholm, Helsinki-Tallinn-Rostock and Helsinki-St. Petersburg.

Viking Line:
The �land Islands can be reached from Turku or Helsinki (timetable) on the Finnish mainland and from Stockholm or Kapellsk�r, in Sweden.

About Aland

�land in Brief:
Of the 6,500 islands only 65 are inhabited, with over 90% of the population living on the Main Island (Fasta �land).


Mariehamn is a carefree summer town with two large marinas and many hotels and restaurants, most within walking distance. It is also the seat of the highest administration of autonomous �land.

Visiting Aland

Whether it’s a mini-vacation for two or a conference for 200, the people at �land's Turist and Konferens will help plan your �landic visit the way you want it.

Aland Tourism:
The museums in �land have many interesting stories to tell. The exhibitions have everything from hunting, fishing and the dramatic postal route across the sea, to archipelago culture, fire trucks and art history.

Alandic Tours:
Tours run from May to September and cost around 3,200 Euro per person ($2,900) for an all-inclusive week. Small group sizes (8 guests) ensure a richer and more genuine experience with everything from the hotel in Mariehamn and specially selected restaurants, to the nature walks and carefully chosen activities, are first class -- the best the islands have to offer.

Hotel Arkipelag:
�land's leading hotel, situated right in the heart of Mariehamn with a beautiful sea view both the rooms, the conference area and the restaurant.

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