13 fun Finnish facts you probably don't know
Check out Finland's history, its geography, culture and language, and you'll soon see why many people consider it so weirdly wonderful. To give a tiny taster of its uniqueness, here are 13 fun Finnish facts which help explain some of the many reasons that make this Nordic country so special.
The home of the SMS
The digital world owes its thanks to the Finnish wizard, Matti Makkonen, who revolutionised the realm of mobile communication with his brainchild, the Short Message Service (SMS), allowing more people than ever to avoid small talk.
The Heartland of Heavy Metal
Per capita, Finland has the highest concentration of metal bands in the world. By blaring its way to the top of the league it can truly rock the title of "Heavy Metal Mecca."
Wife carrying connoisseurs
A peculiarly Finnish tradition, wife-carrying or 'eukonkanto,' has taken the world by storm, turning into an internationally enjoyed sport, where lovebirds hurdle through obstacle courses with their spouses piggybacking. Finland hosts the wife carrying world championships.
Finland broke the glass ceiling first in Europe, by giving women full political rights and the vote way back in 1906.
Chucking Mobile Phones
Finland takes peculiarity to a whole new level, with a bizarre sport of mobile phone hurling. Participants display their prowess in pitching out-of-commission phones as far as they can.
The vast expanses of Lapland are the natural habitat to a striking 200,000 to 300,000 reindeers, adding a dash of mythical charm to the Arctic landscape.
Finns display a unique fondness for the salty-sweet combo of 'salmiakki,' with their nation topping the global charts for liquorice consumption.
The Palindromic Pinnacle
Finland shows off its linguistic prowess with the longest palindromic word in the world, 'saippuakivikauppias,' a true delight for word nerds.
On the icy waters of the Gulf of Bothnia, the legendary Icebreaker Sampo provides a bone-chilling experience of taking a dip in subzero waters and lazing on a sheet of ice.
Finns have petrol in their veins and rallying in their hearts. They've gifted the racing world with legendary drivers like Juha Kankkunen, Tommi Mäkinen, and Marcus Grönholm.
Broadband for All
Showcasing technological trailblazing, Finland bestowed upon its citizens the legal right to broadband internet access, a global first, in 2010.
Along its captivating coastline, Finland boasts of the world’s largest archipelago, with over 80,000 islands forming a beautiful mosaic of natural splendor.
Air Guitar Extravaganza
The Finns showcase their humor and creativity by hosting the Air Guitar World Championships, a unique event drawing fans from every corner of the planet.
Proof if proof is needed what a weirdly wonderful country Finland really is! If there any other fun facts you know, we'd love to hear them in the comments below.