Finland, like other Scandanavian countries, is particularly child-friendly. In every town and city there are plenty of parks and playgrounds, all kept in pristine condition, and there are numerous theme parks and amusement parks throughout Finland. In addition, Finland hosts a number of festivals specifically for children, including the Hippalot - Häme Castle Children's Festival, the International Children's Theatre Festival, the Children's Summer Festival, and the Oulu International Children's Film Festival.
Every year there are countless music events for children held in Finland, with both national and international artists taking to the stages. Additionally, many of the large cultural festivals and events also have separate categories for children.
With almost 8,000 sports clubs in existence in Finland, and around 350,000 children and youths using their services annually, there are always sporting events for children to participate in or to simply watch. The Helsinki Cup, for example, is a football tournament where teams of boys and girls ranging in age from 8 to 17 compete for one week in July.
Theatre is very popular with children in Finland, and there are numerous festivals of children's theatre held annually, in addition to the many plays and performances put on regularly in the many professional and amateur theatres which abound.
Almost every town in Finland manages to provide some kind of family or children's events during the course of the year, from fully fledged arts festivals to more subject specific events such as song contests and video festivals. The following is just a sample of what is on offer across Finland.