• Terve is a common greeting in Finland. We present to you some interesting information about Finland.

    In case you are from Finland and wish to report inconsistencies, please reply to this topic.

    Finnish is the official language of the people of Finland. Although people from some parts of Sweden, Estonia, Norway, Russia and North America also speak this language. Approximately 4.9 million people speak Finnish as their first language, and more than 0.5 million people speak it as a second language.

    Following are some of the interesting facts about the people of Finland:

    1. There are 187,888 lakes in Finland! Finland is known as the land of a thousand lakes. Yet in actual fact, the number is more than 187 times that!

    2. Finns are the World’s biggest coffee drinkers. The average Finn consumes an astonishing 12kg every year. Drinking eight cups of coffee per day would not be considered unusual in Finland.

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    (Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lakes_of_Finland)

    1. Sweet breakfasts are popular in some parts of Europe, but not in Finland. Breakfast here is a similar affair, with butter, cold cuts, and/or cheese is eaten on top of bread, in the same style as Norwegian pålegg. The sweetest most Finnish breakfasts get is a few berries stirred into porridge.

    2. Did you know that most Finnish children have two birthday parties? one for friends and another for family?

    3. Estimates put the number of saunas in Finland at around two million. That's not bad for a population of 5.3 million!

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    (Image source: https://www.lifeinnorway.net/palegg-explained/)

    1. While much of the world calls Finland Finland, Finns call their country Suomi.

    2. Did you know that 74% of the country is forested?

    3. Finnish nationals are perfectly comfortable with silence. When meeting an acquaintance, it's perfectly acceptable to say a quick hello and continue on your way.

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    (Image source: https://www.fern.org/publications-insight/finlands-forestry-myth-undermines-its-radical-climate-ambition-1990/)

    Hope you liked a few fun facts about Finnish culture. If you want to share some more interesting facts like this, please comment below!


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