Finland is a friendly and beautiful country of "a thousand lakes" (as much as 9% of the territory is occupied by lakes). In addition, according to various publications and organizations, Finland annually occupies a leading position in the list of the most stable states with the minimum amount of crime.
Tourism development in Finland
The state of Finland, located in the north-west of Europe, is distinguished by a unique local flavor, world-famous traditions, the temperament of freedom-loving and respectable inhabitants.
There is a stereotype that Finland is a country with a cold climate, strict manners and high prices. However, in recent decades, the country's government has successfully destroyed these notions by attracting tourists. Thousands of tourists from Russia come to Finland every year. First, the countries border each other in the east. Secondly, about 62 million Finns speak Russian. The peak of the influx of tourists is celebrated during the New Year and Christmas holidays. One of the explanations for this is that Finland is the homeland of Santa Claus - Lapland, where the ice palace is located. Here tourists can plunge into the world of magic, go sledding, skiing, snowboarding and reindeer sledding.
The capital of the state is Helsinki, in this glorious city the largest centers of business, science and education are located.
Finns are mostly very calm, cold-blooded and self-confident people. They lead a leisurely, measured lifestyle. When communicating with them, especially in business, it is customary to maintain eye contact (otherwise the locals may think that you are lying). Finnish women should not be misunderstood. Residents of Finland also do not accept familiar communication with unfamiliar people or colleagues.
Due to the peculiarity of the geographical position (the abundance of rivers and lakes), the Finns often eat fish (salmon, herring, trout), wild meat (reindeer, elk), berries (lingonberry, cranberry). Cereals are widely used in culinary recipes. So, cereal sausages, a traditional dish served with soaked berries, are known all over the world.
Finnish cuisine combines several, at first glance, incompatible ingredients: meat and fish in one dish, milk and seafood. Potatoes are often used as a side dish. And among cereals, cabbage is especially popular.
In the summer, Finland becomes the musical center of Europe. Music lovers from all countries flock here. Concerts of famous performers of various musical genres are held in the open air almost every weekend. Moreover, the price for tickets is much lower than what would have to be paid for admission to a recital.