- Tourism in Finland
Finlandattracted over 4 million touristsin 2005, with most coming from Sweden. The value added by tourism is about 2.4% of the Finnish GDP, and provides around 60,000 jobs. The Finnish tourism brand is stated by the Finland Promotion Board. The brand has four main dimensions beginning with letter C: Cool, Contrasts, Credible, Creative.
The Nature and the Finnish Summer
The summer is marked by long days in
Finland, especially in the far north where the sun does not set at all. Tourists can go fishingand canoeing. There are several large lakes, including lakes Saimaa, Inari, and Päijänne. Walking is quite a popular activity in the summer. There are no high mountains in Finland, so climbing is somewhat limited. The highest mountain is Haltinear Enontekiö. It rises 1328 metres above sea level.
Finland is famous for its many
lakes, nearly 200,000 of them, not including the small ones. Finland is also known to have excellent water quality, and green deep woods and forests around the sea, rivers, and the waterways. In Finland, tourists can sit on the shore of a lake, fishing, watching reindeeror mooseand enjoying silence.
Alcoholic drinks form an important part of the Finnish culture. When travelling through Finland it is imperative to try national favorites like: the national vodka
Koskenkorva, the liquorice flavored Salmiakki Koskenkorva, and a mixture of vodkaand sparkling winethat can be roughly translated into English as the "Bitch slammer".
In wintertime Finland provides excellent opportunities for
cross-country skiingand some for alpine skiingtoo. Many of the popular ski resorts are situated north of the Arctic Circlein Lapland, but there are exceptions like Kuusamoin the northeastern part of Oulu Province. Santa Clausis commonly known to live on Korvatunturiin Finland. In the town of Rovaniemithere is the Santa Claus Village for tourists to visit.
Northern Finland and Winter Sports
In the winter there is a large
snowcastlewith an Ice hotelbuilt every year in the northern town of Kemi. Rovaniemiis a place from which to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern lights. Tourists in the north of the country in winter often enjoy trips in reindeer sleighs with Sami drivers, or in dog sleighs.
It is also possible to ski, with downhill resorts at
Saariselkäand Levi, and many cross country ski tracks throughout the northern part of the country. Ice hockey is a popular sport in winter, and it is possible to go ice yachting, or ice skating on the ice. Most lakes are also frozen, so ice fishing("pilkkiminen") is quite popular.
Helsinki, Finland's capital and largest city, receives many visitors year-round. During the summertime thousands of tourists approach Helsinkiby cruising boats travelling across the Baltic Sea. Helsinkiis known as a clean, modern and safe meeting point between the east and west. Helsinki has a reputation as the coolest party city in the Nordic countriesafter Stockholm.
Other popular tourist destinations within Finland include
Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Kuopioand Porvoo.
Transportation in Finland"
The Finnish rail system is called VR. It offers InterCity and express trains throughout the country, and the faster
Pendolinotrains connecting the major cities. There are very large discounts (usually 50%) available for children (7-16 yr), students, senior citizens, and conscripts. There are international trains to St. Petersburg(Finnish and Russian day-time trains) and Moscow(Russian over-night train) in Russia. Connections to Swedenare by bus due to rail gaugedifferences. It's possible to take the Silja and Viking Lineferries from Helsinki to Mariehamnin the Ålandarchipelago, Stockholm(Sweden), Rostockand Travemundein Germany, and to Tallinn, ( Estonia).
There are about 25
airports in Finland with scheduled passenger services. Finnair, Blue1and Finncomm Airlinesprovide air services both domestically and internationally. Helsinki-Vantaa airportis Finland's global gateway with scheduled non-stop flights to such places as Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou, Nagoya, New York, Osaka, Shanghai, Hong Kongand Tokyo. Helsinki has an optimal location for great circle airlinetraffic routes between Western Europeand the Far East. Hence, many foreign tourists visit Helsinki on a stop-over while flying from Asia to Europe or vice versa. The Helsinki-VantaaAirport has been ranked as one of the best airports in the world.
Provinces of Finland
Culture of Finland
Tourism in Norway
Tourism in Sweden
Tourism in Denmark
* [http://www.cometofinland.fi Come To Finland: Nostalgic Finnish Travel Posters] - A book about the early marketing of Finland
* [http://www.visitfinland.com Visit Finland] – Finland Travel Guide (by Finnish Tourist Board)
* [http://www.finlandforyou.com Finland For You] – Finnish people, culture, life style etc.
* [http://www.tte.ch/finland/ The Tourism Expert] – Finland links in 10 languages
* [http://www.mek.fi/web/MekEng/index.nsf Finnish Tourist Board]
* [http://www.mek.fi/web/MekEng/publish.nsf/6fbc23c71ea8ce81c2256a1b0039992c/88e1445ef16d853dc2257059003a1f6f/$FILE/Facts%20&%20Figures%202005%20v040506.pdf Finland Tourism Facts & Figures] – From the Finnish Tourist Board
* [http://users.kymp.net/jari.kolehmainen/ Welcome to Finland] – Finland facts
* [http://virtual.finland.fi/ Virtual Finland] - A multimedia guide with information, facts and daily news on Finland.
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