Finland

Roads of Peace

Helsinki is not the most exciting city in the world, even though the sun only set at around midnight in the summer.

 
I met a traveler who was heading to Tampere, and I left my big backpack with him while I kept the smaller one. I walked to meet him there and covered a distance of 160 km in 8 days.
 
The nature was beautiful, and the nights were quiet while I slept in my tent. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I intend to repeat it in another country, only this time for several weeks.

July 2009

Moments

Did you know...

- Finland is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, with only 16 inhabitants per km².

 

- There are exactly 187,888 lakes (larger than 500 m²) and 179,584 islands within the territory of Finland. Both are world records.

 

- Finland was one of the last region of Europe to be Christianised, in the 12th century.

 

- Finland has only been an independent country since 1918. Before that it belonged to Russia or Sweden.

 

- Finland has been at the top of the worldwide Press Freedom Ranking list every year since the publication of the first index by Reporters Without Borders in 2002.

 

- Finnish language (a.k.a. Suomi) is an non Indo-European language belonging to the Uralic family, along with Estonian and Hungarian.

 

- The Finns are the world's biggest coffee drinkers, gulping down no less than 12 kg of the black substance annually.

Helsinki
Helsinki
Helsinki
Finlandia Hall by Alvar Aalto
Helsinki Temppeliaukio Church
On the road