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.
There are exactly 187,888 lakes (larger than 500 m²) and 179,584 islands within the territory of Finland.
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.
Surprisingly, there are no public payphones in Finland! There are over 5 million mobile phones in Finland for a population of 5.4 million.
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.
Finland holds world championships for wife carrying, mobile phone throwing, mosquito catching, swamp soccer, boot throwing, sauna and air guitar.
It is a legal requirement to have your headlights on, whether in summer or winter, in sunlight or darkness, even under the midnight sun!
There are around 2.2 million saunas in Finland, 1 for every 2.5 people.
And it is not mandatory to give students grades until they are in the 8th grade.
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