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35 Fascinating Facts About Finland

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21. The border between Finland and Sweden crosses through a small island in an unusual way because back in 1885 the Finns accidentally built a lighthouse on the Swedish side of the island. – Source

22. The Sami people of Northern Finland have a unit of measurement called the ‘poronkusema’ – the distance a reindeer can walk before needing to urinate. – Source

23. 34% of all alcohol sold at liquor stores in the entire country of Estonia are bought by people from Finland. Also, roughly 2% of the Finnish population visits Estonia up to 3 times a month to buy alcohol. – Source

24. Reindeer herders in Finland paint their reindeer’s antlers with reflective paint to cut down on deer-car collisions. – Source

25. Finland’s current president was in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami. He survived by climbing up a utility pole with his son. – Source

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26. There is a hotel in Finland consisting of separate glass igloos so that patrons can see the Northern lights. – Source

27. Angry Birds and Clash of Clans have helped rejuvenate Finland’s economy after Nokia’s downfall. – Source

28. In 2010, Finland became the first country in the world to make Internet access a legal right. – Source

29. After WW2, Finland was the only nation to fully pay their war reparations of US$300,000,000 to the Soviet union. – Source

30. Finland’s nuclear waste bunker Onkalo is built to last intact until the year 102,120. Work began in the year 2004 and it will be closed in the 2120s. This bunker will probably be one of the last remains of humankind on Earth. – Source

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31. The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships have been held annually in Finland since 2000. The event was created by a Nokia employee to create awareness of the rise in toxicity levels in landfills and lakes caused by discarded phones. The farthest throw was in 2014 at 362.3ft (110.42m). – Source

32. Finland is the first nation in the world to experiment with autonomous vehicles in urban conditions. That is because the country’s book of law doesn’t oblige the driver to be inside the vehicle. – Source

33. In Finland, it is forbidden to sell puppies or kittens in pet shops. – Source

34. The word ‘Third World’ has little to do with how poor a country is. Sweden and Finland are also considered to be the Third World countries. – Source

35. Finland was the first country in the world to offer a master’s degree in future studies, and its government is required by law to produce an official review of the future every four years. – Source


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