nordlys.jpg Finland (Finnish: Suomi) has borders with Russia to the East, Norway at the North and Sweden to the West.

Finland is thoroughly modern with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, but still offers vast areas of unspoiled nature.

The entire country is strewn with thousands of lakes (approximately 188,000) which is about 10% of the country. The natural vegetation in Finland is coniferous and almost 70 per cent of Finland is covered by forest.

In the northernmost part of the country northern lights can be seen in the winter and midnight sun in the summer. Northern Finland is also (according to the Finns) the home of Santa Claus and he can actually be visited there. Despite living in one of the most technologically developed countries in the world the Finns love to head to their summer cottages in the warmer months to enjoy all manner of relaxing pasttimes including sauna, swimming, fishing and barbecuing.

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