In a snapshot:
Size: 338,145sq km. Finland is the seventh largest country in Europe in terms of area. There are over 188,000 lakes and 98,000 islands, and 2/3 of the country is covered by Forest.
Population: about 5.4 million with 1 million living in the capital alone.
Main languages: Finnish and Swedish, although English is common too.
Independence: declared on 6 December, 1917.
Finland was previously part of the Russian empire for 108 years, and a part of Sweden for 600 years before that.
Popular past time: Saunas. There are over 2 million saunas in Finland!
Finland is a small country located in Northern Europe. Although bordering with Norway, Sweden and Russia, Finland has a unique identity of its own. Every season offers its residents and visitors a range of different activities to partake in as well as breath-taking scenery.
Season’s in Finland are so different from one another, it is as though with each season comes a new look. The summer sun usually lasts until 10pm, making swimming in lakes, camping and relocating to cottages some of the season’s favourites. This is the complete opposite to Finnish Winters. Snow blankets the country for up to nearly half a year, meaning skiing, ice skating and even swimming in ice lakes become very popular for both residents and tourists. Autumn and Spring are often described as an ‘Explosion of Colour,’ favouring festivals, hiking and making the most of the sun.
Not only do they have a beautiful country, but a friendly welcoming nation too. The Finnish nation is known to be polite, reserved and courteous. You will rarely see them bringing unnecessary attention to themselves. By growing up in a community where good manners are vital, it’s no shock that Finns are known to be great listeners. They see being modest and humble are great virtues to have, making them a very friendly population.
Nikken and Finland
Nikken has been running strong in Finland since they opened in 1999. It is one of the more successful markets, with consultants who are focused and dedicated to introducing Vital Wellness to the Finnish population.
Juhani Karkkain is a platinum consultant from Finland. This quote from this month’s eNews country focus article shows her loyalty to Nikken as well as her enthusiasm to help others.
“Nikken’s products certainly change people’s lives, but when you combine the products with the business opportunity then a vast amount of opportunities can open to you. With Nikken’s Five Pillars of Health I am grateful that I am able to help people in so many different ways. And I believe the better you feel in yourself, the better equipped you are in helping others too.”
Here are some quotes from our Nikken Europe’s Resident Finns.
“Two things you must always remember is that 1. Father Christmas is from Finland and 2. Finland has the best Ice Hockey Team in the World!” – Teija Sten, Customer Service Advisor
“ ’Sisu’ is a great way of describing the Finns, loosely translated it means determined, or strong minded. The word originates from Finland’s long journey that lead to their Independence” Riitta Wood, Programming Supervisor.
“One of the fascinating things about the Finns is called ‘sisu’. This means never giving up in order to reach your goal. Finns may be a little quiet, but they do have plenty of ‘sisu’!” – Mari Daly, Head of Marketing.
Here are some scheduled events due to take place in Finland this year. If you are interested in attending then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. And keep your eyes peeled for more events in Finland.
- 8th March 2013 – Tampere
- 13th September 2013 – Tampere
- 12th-13th October 2013 – Tampere
Don’t forget to tell us what you love about Finland