In just one short century Finland has become one of the most developed countries in the world – energy, health, economic dynamism, education, political environment and quality of life. Finland is all about thriving cities and idyllic landscapes, an innovative society with a green lifestyle and a national character with its Northern heritage.
The mindset, courage and determination that led Finland through all these years, continues to drive us forward today. The question is, what is it that makes Finland beat other countries at just about everything?
Finland’s education system has often been held up as the world’s best on different rankings. ‘Less is more’ principle that supports fewer hours at school, less formality, homework and exams, but instead, more rest, more options and more freedom and creativity, has made Finnish education a world leader and is something of which all Finns can be proud.
Freedom for the individual, equal opportunities, respect and tolerance are core values in Finnish society. For the second year, Finland has been named as the best country in the world at maximizing and leveraging its human capital potential and the second most equal country in the world thanks to its strong regard to equality and diversity. Also, a sense of community, healthy lifestyle and the ability to steam your worries away in a traditional Finnish sauna, made Finland the 5th happiest country in the world.
Finland is the most stable country and the safest travel destination in the world. Additionally, the country leads the world in governance and has the lowest level of organised crime and corruption. That is why Finland is the most well-functioning country and the Finnish handshake is the most reliable one.
There must be something about the air in Finland or maybe it is because of those long dark winter nights, but Finns are ranked as one of the most innovative nations in the world. Quite hard to find a person, who hasn’t heard of Finnish sauna, Angry Birds or legendary Nokia. Among other Finnish-born inventions are the first Internet browser, rescue toboggan, the heart-rate monitor, salty liquorice (‘Salmiakki’), the Linux OS, ice skates, the Molotov cocktail and the SMS.
Environmental issues are high priority in Finland and no wonder why: Finnish nature is breathtaking, with huge forests, endless lakes, long coastlines, beautiful archipelagos, majestic
northern fells and many other nature miracles. If you are concerned with sustainable development for a greener future, Finland is the right place for you.
Finnish design is known and famous worldwide for many decades. Design is a huge part of a daily life in Finland and can be noticed everywhere from the kitchen cupboards, stocked with Arabia tableware and Iittala glassware to Alvar Aalto’s Savoy vases during special occasions, various decorations with unique Marimekko patterns, pieces of Artek furniture and designer clothes or leisurewear by IvanaHelsinki, Ril’s, Tiia Vanhatapio, Halti or Rukka. Finnish design isn’t just something you see — it is something you experience.
Isn’t Finland the best place to live?
My name is Alba, and I want to share with you my amazing experience studying abroad. It was by far, one of the best experiences I had in my student life. Discovering a different culture, is a privilege no one should be denied. During my erasmus in Turku, I made friends with people from all over the world, and shared some of the most incredible experiences.
I chose to study in Finland, because I had always a strong interest in northern countries, especially Finland since I was a kid, and my university had an agreement with Åbo Akademi in Turku.
Finland has a completely different culture, extreme winter season and I was interested in living in the country of the thousand lakes, saunas, the home of Santa Claus, the northern lights, reindeers and snow, of course! In other words, living in a place with is totally opposite of my home country.
Turku is not a big city, but is a student-friendly place where there is an international students’ atmosphere. To move around in Turku is easy by bus, bike or on foot. Turku offers a lot of possibilities for indoors’ and outdoors’ activities. For example, in winter you can walk on ice and go cross-country skiing, Turku has many cultural events, historical places and monuments. If Ishould recommend some places would be, the riverside by the city centre, public swimming areas “Uittamo, Ruissalo…” and Naantali, it’s a small fishing village near to Turku. There are forest and parks everywhere, and you can see so many beautiful sunsets. Turku is one of the best connects cities, is directly connected with the popular boat to Sweden, and offers excellent travel connections to the rest of the country.
I did my Erasmus studies in Åbo Akademi. It is a Swedish speaking university in Finland. Even though the main language is Swedish, they also offer courses in English. I was following International Marketing courses. All the courses, taught by the experts in the field, were excellently balanced with both theory and practical work.