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Top 5 things in which Finland ranks highest in the world

Even though Finland is a relatively small country, it has managed to top the world rankings in pretty much everything, from education to life satisfaction ratings. Thus, we’ve decided to gather up a few things at which Finland ranks highest worldwide.

 

Education

If you’ve ever heard anything about Finland, you’ve heard that they have the best education system in the world. Finnish schools have consistently stayed at the top of worldwide education rankings. Most of this is due to the fact that Finns have a completely different system from the rest of the world, when it comes to teaching. Students have only 30 minutes of homework, and only 3-4 hours of lessons per day. Moreover, Finland doesn’t have the traditional school subjects such as mathematics or physics!

 

Safety

Finland has been ranked as the safest country in the world, because of the extremely low crime rates. It’s also worth noting that the Finns’ trust in their police is the highest in Europe! There’s many other safety-related things where Finland ranks highest, including being the most stable country in the world, best governance in the world, the most independent judicial system, safest banks in the world etc.

 

Life satisfaction

Finns are the fifth happiest country in the world! The factors that played a role when calculating this were the GDP per capita, life expectancy, perceived freedom to make life choices and other such things. Finland is also a very desirable destination for women, as it is the second most gender equal country in the world, and the second best place in the world for mothers.

 

Health

As mentioned, mothers’ and children’s well-being in Finland are the second best worldwide, and maternal mortality is the lowest in the world! Furthermore, Finland has the third lowest mortality rate from cancer. It’s also at the top of the lists worldwide for the highest life expectancy at birth.

 

Travel

Last but not least, here’s a couple reasons why visiting Finland would definitely be a good idea.

  • The food here is the cleanest in Europe, so you won’t have to worry about poisoning!
  • Finns drink the most coffee per person in the world, so it’s safe to say the coffee is really good.
  • Finns’ English language skills are the 5th best in the world. You won’t have any problem getting around the country without Finnish.

 

How to save money on travel

 

Who doesn’t want to travel more, but don’t really have the money to make it all happen. So here are some tips on saving money while traveling; all will help you get the most out of your next adventure.

 

1. Subscribe for newsletters and sign up for flight deals

You can narrow down your preferences to flights departing from certain countries, and they will notify you when a deal pops up

 

2. Travel during off-season

Also known as “shoulder periods”. When kids go back to school in September, after New Year’s, and just after the Spring Break in April, airlines and hotels often provide discounts on flights and hotel rooms during these times.

Traveling

 

3. Bring your own airport snacks

Especially during long flights, snacks are needed. Buying snacks at the airport is probably not the best thing to do when you’re trying to be on a budget. Food prices can even double there.

4. Don’t eat near tourist sights

Speaking of food, never eat near major tourist sights. Food there is double the price and not as good. Applications like OpenRice and Yelp! can help you out!

 

5. Eat where the locals eat

So avoid eating near tourist spots, and start eating where the locals eat. Follow the locals to the places where they eat, they know where to grab some tastier and cheaper food.


Save money by eating with the locals

 

6. Ask locals what someting should cost

You can even ask the hotel staff for the prices, just don’t overpay for things.

7. Use the public transport

Do as the locals do. Crappy and packed trains, tuk-tuks, mini vans, buses… you get the idea.

8. Use taxi apps

Sometimes you’re just too lazy or tired to use the public transport, in this case you can use applications like Uber and GrabTaxi to save you from overpriced taxi rides. However, GrabTaxi is only available in selected countries: Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.a

9. Never use third-party agencies

When traveling you should always arrange your own tickets or visa. Third-party agencies would charge you an additional fee, which makes it more expensive.

10. Go for last-minute trips

Avoid booking in advance. You can score major discounts with last-minute deals and more importantly, the more flexible your plans, the more fun you’ll have.

 

11. Take connecting flights instead

Connecting flights are cheaper than non-stops. Airlines know that non-stops are more popular than connecting flights; this is why non-stops are also more expensive.

Travel affordable and go for transfer flights

 

12. Bring your student card

Many attractions have discounts for students. If you’re traveling remember to take your student card with you.

13. Try a private room instead of a hotel

Several websites allow locals to rent out their room or even just their sofa. Try visiting sites like Airbnb and Couchsurfing to save money.

Are you ready for your next travel destination? Feel free to read our previous blog post Finland bucket list.

 

Why should you visit Finland next summer?

If I needed to choose only one season to visit Finland, the answer would be summer. During the summer months, the normally quiet country will be in full bloom. Here are few things that make Finnish summer simply amazing.

 

Nightless nights

 

In June, the sun does not go down in Lapland at all and all other parts of Finland only get few hours of darkness a day, which creates an unique feeling of a nightless night. You can stay out late and enjoy the beautiful green nature around you. Hence, you can clearly see a change in Finns: people are smiling, being outdoors and enjoying their life. Cities can be described as vibrant. That’s something that is not happening in November. In addition, long hours of light will give you an energy boost – you’ll have more energy to explore the wonders of the summer for sure.


sunset by the lake

 

 

Summer mornings

 

After few hours of night, you’ll wake up to a typical summer morning. The air is fresh even in the city centers and you can experience the morning dew every day. The scent of summer is unique and will wake you up even after a night of bad sleep. You’ll be ready for the day the moment you step out and feel the mild breeze touching your face.

 

Summer cottages

 

Even though the air quality is good and nature is strongly present in Finnish cities, it is common to escape citylife to remote summer cottages and enjoy the silence. Almost every family has a summer cottage – there is over half a million of them in Finland. That’s quite a good number for a country with only 5 million citizens.

 

lake

 

 

Sauna culture

 

You cannot separate sauna from summer cottages. There is one in almost every summer cottage. The best part is to run from burning hot sauna directly to refreshing lake or sea. Finns can spend hours going to sauna, swimming, sauna, swimming… Ice cold beer is part of the experience. And even though Finnish people are known to be shy, in sauna that characteristic is not present. Usually, people enjoy sauna and dip to the water naked.

 

patio at the lake

 

Finnish treats

 

After sauna, it’s time for dinner. Finnish delicacies are one the best part in the summer. Meals are healthy and fresh. Grilled meat is usually served with potatoes, salads, and bread. Eating is a social event and people are enjoying the dinner until the late evening since the sun doesn’t go down. Nightless nights also make Finnish strawberries extremely sweet. A delicious combination of strawberries and ice cream melts everyone’s heart. In fact, Finns love ice cream and an average Finnish person eats around 12 liters of ice cream a year. That’s quite a lot!

 

strawberry dessert

 

Finnish summer is unique in a way that cannot be explained in words – you need to experience it yourself.

 

Check Visit Finland’s video to get inspired.

 

 

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