10 Amazing Facts About Finland

The amount you get fined for speeding in Finland depends on the amount you earn

In Finland, traffic fines are based on two factors: the severity of the offense and the driver’s income. The most expensive speeding ticket ever given is believed to be the one given to Jussi Salonoja in Helsinki in 2003. He was fined 170,000 Euros for driving 80 km/hr in a 40 km/hr zone.

The land of a thousand lakes

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

Land of the midnight sun

Finland is also called as the land of midnight sun, because in June and July the sun shines all day and all night in the north, not dropping below the horizon.

There are no public payphones in Finland

Surprisingly, there are no public payphones in Finland! There are over 5 million mobile phones in Finland for a population of 5.4 million.

One and two cent coins are not used in Finland.

Finland observes rounding rules under which cash payments are rounded to the nearest 5 cent. Due to the rounding rules, one and two cent coins are not widely used in Finland. Although 1 and 2 cent coins are, strictly speaking, legal tender, shops are not obliged to take them.

6. Finland probably holds the world record for hosting world championships.

Finland holds world championships for wife carrying, mobile phone throwing, mosquito catching, swamp soccer, boot throwing, sauna and air guitar.

7. When driving in Finland you must keep your headlights on at all times.

It is a legal requirement to have your headlights on, whether in summer or winter, in sunlight or darkness, even under the midnight sun!

8. There are 2.2 million saunas in Finland.

There are around 2.2 million saunas in Finland, 1 for every 2.5 people.

9. In Finland children do not go to school until they are seven.

And it is not mandatory to give students grades until they are in the 8th grade.

10. Teachers typically spend about four hours a day in the classroom, and are paid to spend two hours a week on building curriculums and assessing student progress.

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12 comments
Simy Willemse
Simy Willemse

The Dutch stores don't accept 2 and 1 cents too, and love the idea of the amount you get fined for speeding, getting sick of paying the same high prices then a asshole that earns 4000 per month while I have to survive with 800....

bobby
bobby

my name is Finn why d they have so man mobl phones

Jannis
Jannis

Why do they not go to school until 7? Is it forbidden to send your 5 year old child to school?

Jouni
Jouni

187,888 lakes! Though, not all of us have canoes:(

Aleem
Aleem

I have stayed for a while in Oulu in 2008 but I did not notice any headlight on during they day. Can anyone confirm it?

eliotcloud
eliotcloud

@Simy Willemse  If you dislike the game, change it or its rules. Somebody is not an asshole because they make more money than you. However, I agree, the person who has less to spend should be charged less for a speeding ticket. 

Max
Max

If you name is fin,why does your name say bobby?

durbin
durbin

Because Nokia, the mobile phone company, is Finnish.

Sera
Sera

No it is not illegal but there are pre-schools to send your kid who is younger than 7.

Nichander
Nichander

I have no real knowledge of the matter, but I think it's mandatory because here in the North sun spends a lot of time in the horizon. If there are no headlights on it's hard to spot moving cars and extingish them from parked ones.

Marko
Marko

If sun is shining it is quite hard to spot car lights, but yes, this is mandatory everywhere in Finland, even in Oulu :)