The United Nations named Finland the happiest country in the world in their World Happiness Report 2018. In the Good Country Index Finland generated most good to the planet and to the human race, relative to its size.
Education in Finland at all levels – including higher and adult education – is free. All Finnish primary and secondary schools serve a free daily lunch. Finnish 15-year-olds have gotten great results in PISA’s (Programme for International Student Assessment) reports.
Finland has two official languages: Finnish and Swedish. Swedish speaking Finns make up approximately 5,5% of the population. Finnish schools put great emphasis on language studies: in addition to Finnish and Swedish, all students must learn at least one additional language. Usually they choose to study English.
In 1906 Finland became the first country in Europe to grant women the vote, and the first country in the world to give women the right to stand for election.
In music, Finland has a good reputation with a number of well-known conductors, composers and opera singers. Nevertheless, the real passion of the Finns is tango, that has developed into it’s own form of Finnish tango.
One of the country’s most exotic sports events is the annual World Championship in wife-carrying, held in the small town of Sonkajärvi in central Finland. Other interesting events include World Championships in swamp football, in air guitar, and the rubber-boot throwing.
If you would like to know more about Finland and Finnish cultural activities, you can visit This is Finland.