What do you think of when you think of Finland? Its World Rally and Formula 1 champions? Lapland and Santa Claus? Saunas and sausage? Ice hockey and skiing? Nokia phones and modern design? Or do you picture a land of forests and lakes, its coastline dotted with thousands of islands that make up the surrounding archipelagoes? Finland is all this, and more!
Here, in brief, is Discovering Finland's quick guide to Finland and the Finns who live here. Follow the links to find out the basic facts on Finland's people, climate, culture, government, economy and religion, and the languages spoken here.
Finland is a land of extremes. In 2010, for example, the highest temperature was 37.2ºC (99ºF), and the lowest temperature was -41.3ºC (-42ºF).