Finland is famed for sauna, Lapland and moomin. But it's also a hippie paradise. Here's why.
Much to the amazement of practically the entire country, in 2018 the UN declared Finland to be the happiest country on Earth. The UN stated that Finland did marvellously when it came to income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. However, let's take a look at the real reasons Finns are so happy.
There are more saunas than cars in Finland. So, there's no escaping this sizzling delight. Best selling author of 101 Very Finnish Problems, Joel Willans shares his top tips to ensure your first sauna is one to remember...for all the right reasons.
As a rule, Finns are sincere, humble, trustworthy and funny. However, one thing that can be difficult for visitors to know is what makes them happy, being that they often exude a Spock-like calm in all situations. With this in mind, I’ve put together a handy guide, gained from 13 years experience, of seven sure-fire ways to put a spring in any Finn’s step.
Think of Finland and it's likely one of the first things that comes to mind is sauna. Hardly surprising when you consider the country has 3 million of the steamy rooms. In homage to an awesome idea, we've got together with Finland's favourite Facebook page, Very Finnish Problems, to showcase exactly why Finns are so set on the delights of sauna.
Recognise the face above? If you're a Finn, with a social media account, the answer is probably a resounding yes! Timo Korpi, perhaps better known as Timo Wilderness, is one of Finland's most popular vloggers. And for good reason.
In the five years, I lived in Amsterdam, I learned to love many things about Dutch culture, from their passion for King's Day to their love of cycling. However, there was one thing no Finn will ever enjoy and that’s a Dutch sauna.