8 fun Finnish maps that show how Finland is divided

Despite its vast size, much of Finland is very similar. Drive from Helsinki to Lapland and for the entire 15 hours, you're likely to see much the same scenery, forests and lakes. However, there are some wonderful ways that parts of Finland are very different from each other. To see for yourself check out these wonderful maps, courtesy of Reddit.

Love or hate? What do today’s Finns think about Russians?  

I was 13 when I moved from Russia to Finland. Now, I've lived here for as long as I lived in Russia. In this time I've discovered that every Finn has an opinion about their Eastern neighbours. But I wanted to know more. So, I decided to ask some of my Finnish friends, if they've ever interacted with Russians and, if so, what kind of vibe they got from that experience. Here's what I discovered

Ihana kesä! The history of hot Helsinki summers, in pics

Finnish summers are short and sweet, but they sure can be spectacular! It's important to enjoy every single second of them before the long dark winter comes once again. In Finland, summer appreciation has been turned into an art form -- nobody soaks up the sun like the Finns do. Need some proof? Just take a look at these historical photos of Finns loving the Helsinki summer. Take notes, because you just might learn a thing or two.

Kippis! The strange history of Finland’s love affair with alcohol

Finns have always had an unusual relationship with alcohol. As far back as the 18th century, the French enlightenment philosopher Montesquieu referred to Finns as heavy drinkers. Consequently. despite the end of prohibition in 1932 alcohol remains under strict regulation. One result of this is a wide variety of peculiar Finnish alcohol laws.

14 fantastic Finnish facts you probably don’t know

Thanks to its geography, its people, its language and its culture, Finland can claim to be one of Europe's most weirdly wonderful countries. To give a taster of its uniqueness, here are 14 fantastic Finnish facts which help showcase some of the traits that make this Nordic country so very special.