I am certainly no expert on Finland, but after spending a few days there I realized how little I knew about the Finns and uncovered these fun facts:
#1 Finland Fun Fact: Prisoners are allowed to use the sauna once a week: The sauna experience is considered a necessity in Finland for well being, so prisoners are allowed to use the sauna. BUT ONLY once a week! They are in jail after all.
#2: Most food allergy friendly place I’ve ever visited: I have a gluten allergy which can make it difficult to find gluten free food when traveling, but it was incredibly easy in Finland. Many menus indicated which items were gluten-free, lactose-free and vegetarian, including the restaurant at Helsinki Airport! All of the restaurants we visited including Sokeri-Jussin Kievari served me gluten-free bread. This is often not the case in most restaurants in other places in the world (especially in Germany). Plus it was really good gluten-free bread, which is a rarity.
#3: Karaoke is very popular in Finland: I discovered this while staying at Hotel Iso-Syöte. We headed to the hotel’s karaoke bar after dinner. It turns out karaoke is very popular and karaoke bars are everywhere, so if you want to become a Finn for a day, karaoke should be on your list.
#4: Finns Love Black Licorice: This was a pleasant surprise as I love black licorice and it’s really hard to find in Germany. An assortment of black licorice candy is readily found and it even shows up in Salmiakki, a Finnish drink that tastes like salty black licorice. Think Sambuca, but stronger.
#5: Oulu and Iso-Syöte are great places for adventure holidays in Finland: Before my trip to Finland, I had never heard of Oulu or Iso-Syöte, but they are great places for an adventure or outdoor holiday. I did everything from dog sledding to snowmobiling, to snowshoeing to ice fishing. In summer canoeing, kayaking and hiking are popular activities. GoArctic! can arrange these activities for you. There are also multiple flights a day from Helsinki to Oulu making it very accessible and affordable.
Bonus Sixth Fun Fact About Finland? You tell me. I’ll select the best Finland Fun Fact and add your fun fact here along with a link back to your blog. Leave your comment below.
Addition: There were so many great fun facts about Finland submitted that I couldn’t choose one winner, but four winners! Congrats to Leigh from Hike Bike Travel, Mette from Italian Notes, Jennifer from Jdomb’s Travels and Christina from Jandal Road. Check out their fun facts in the comment section below. Thanks to everyone for participating!