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Finland Are you still not sure where you should go on your next holiday? Here at Compare and Fly, we can help you make the best decision for you and your family; case in point, our destination of the month is none other than Finland, voted the safest country in the world by the World Economic Forum (WEF). This doesn't really come as a surprise, seeing as this country is also amongst the happiest in the world!

And it's not just safety that attracts tourists, although this will, undoubtedly, play an important role in the country's tourism; 2016 already saw an increase in travellers to the country, with a total of 7.7 million visits, so who knows what this year will bring?

Finland has many other things to offer, so why not make this Land of the Midnight Sun your next destination?


But, of course, we first need to mention safety, as it's such an important part of Finland's culture! In a Reader's Digest global test that analysed honesty, 11 out of 12 wallets that were abandoned on purpose were returned to their rightful owners. This clearly adds to the fact that Finland does deserve to be called the safest country in the world! Maybe it's because Finns feel like they belong to a small, close-knit community and tend to look out for each other.


While Finland's climate might not be everyone's cup of tea, the truth is that it's a major deciding factor for many others. Sure, you might not find Mediterranean weather this far up north but, if you'd love to visit any of the Scandinavian countries, including Finland, you're not looking for anything like that anyway!

The Finnish consider Finland to have eight seasons, with each month being different from the previous one. From summer sunshine that never seems to end to pitch black darkness so characteristic of December, as well as temperatures that vary from 30oC to -30oC, Finland is truly a country of wild contrasts.

But this variety also allows Finns and tourists alike to enjoy everything the country has to offer, from watching the northern lights and partaking in snow activities, like snowboarding and skiing, during winter, to kayaking and hiking amongst stunning beauty in spring and summer.


Finnish landscapes are amongst the most beautiful in the world, with picturesque cities, stunning lakes, striking woodland areas, and, of course, amazing views of the night sky. It is not uncommon to see the Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky during winter nights, adding another layer of beauty to the already gorgeous sceneries.

There are many national parks that you can visit during the summer and enjoy their rich wilderness, sightsee in the many Lakeland scenery across the country, and explore the panoramic views of snowy or sunny landscapes, depending on when you visit.

This country is perfect to visit all year round, although summer truly lets you explore it to the fullest, with many areas easily accessible by foot. This allows you to more easily explore the country's seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Kvarken Archipelago, Finland's only natural Heritage Site, is located off the country's west coast, near Vaasa, and includes thousands of islands that are still emerging from the sea; remnants of the Ice Age. The Vaasa's Terranova Nature Centre explains this phenomenon – the ice sheet that covered the north of Europe during the Ice Age was more than 3km thick, which depressed the planet's crust by almost a kilometre.

So, Finland's unique geology and past are another incredible features you should not miss out on!


Finland is a culturally rich country. We have no doubt that you already know about the multitude of fantastic rock and heavy metal music and festivals that you can find in this Scandinavian country; however, did you also know Finland is home to the world's biggest tango festival, called tangomarkkinat? Hosted in July, in Seinäjoki, you can find around 100,000 attendees revelling in dance!

And this is not the only event you can attend during summer. If you're looking for an even more unique experience, why not participate in the Annual Mobile Phone Throwing Championship in Savonlinna? It is exactly as it sounds. The Finns celebrate one of their most famous brands, Nokia, by throwing phones; the person who throws it the furthest wins!

Something that is so intrinsic to Finnish culture is, of course, the sauna. When you visit this country, you can't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime of delighting in this amazing and relaxing experience. And bonding. For the Finns, saunas are a great way to catch up, discuss real issues and even make major decisions.

You also shouldn't miss out on Finnish cuisine when you visit. The country is known for both traditional and contemporary cooking styles, with fish and meat (like pork and reindeer), playing an important role. You can also expect dishes heavy on wholemeal products, berries, and vegetables.

There is so much to say about Finland that you really need to see it to believe it! Don't just take our word for it and book your holiday to this fantastic country today; we're here to help with any queries you may have, from hotel booking to car rentals and everything else in between.

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