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Finland – A Fascinating Scandinavia’s Nation
A world favorite travel destination – the birthplace of Linux – Nokia
Scandinavia architecture, museum, theater, ski resort, and famous city Helsinki attract worldwide tourists to come to this favorite travel destination and fascinating country – Finland every year.
Finland is located in Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Sweden and Russia. With total land area about 303,815 square kilometers, Finland is slightly smaller than Montana of the United States.
Republic of Finland has 5,268,799 (July 2014 estimate) population, including Finn 93.4%, Swede 5.6%, Russian 0.5%, Estonian 0.3%, Roma (Gypsy) 0.1%, Sami 0.1% (2006 data). Finnish (94.2%) and Swedish (5.5%) are the two official languages. But there are small (about 0.2%) Sami- and Russian-speaking minorities.
A Industrialized Nation
Finland has a highly industrialized, largely free-market economy with per capita output almost as high as that of Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, or Sweden.
Trade is important, with exports accounting for over one-third of GDP in recent years. Finland is historically competitive in manufacturing – principally the wood, metals, engineering, telecommunications, and electronics industries. Finland excels in export of technology for mobile phones as well as promotion of startups in the ICT, gaming, cleantech, and biotechnology sectors.
Finland had been one of the best performing economies within the EU in recent years and its banks and financial markets avoided the worst of global financial crisis.
Finland has a modern telephone system with excellent service. Based on 2009 data, Finland has 4.393 million Internet users.
Finland – the birthplace of Linux
Linus Benedict Torvalds ( born December 28, 1969, Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish software engineer and the principal force behind the development of the popular Linux operating system.
He later became the chief architect of the Linux kernel and now acts as the project’s coordinator. He also created the revision control system Git. He was honored, along with Shinya Yamanaka, with the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland “in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel”. He is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award.[source: Wikipedia]
Nokia is a Finnish multinational network infrastructure, location intelligence and information technology company. Nokia is headquartered in Espoo, the greater Helsinki metropolitan area of Finland.
Nokia three area businesses have a global presence, employing around 57,000 people across more than 100 countries. Nokia has also invested in research and development (R&D) about EUR 2.5 billion in 2013.
In September 2013, Nokia announced an agreement with Microsoft whereby it would sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft. The transaction was completed on April 25, 2014.
Information Technology – World Top Ranking
Global Information Technology Report 2014 by the World Economic Forum, ranks 148 countries for the quality of their digital infrastructure and ability to use the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to generate economic growth, foster innovation and improve the well-being of their citizens.
Finland tops the rankings for the second consecutive year, thanks to its outstanding digital infrastructure, which the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) says is the best in the world. With more than 90% of its population using the internet, and with high levels of innovation, Finland is reaping the rewards of investing heavily in ICT in the mid-1990s, which it did in response to a financial crisis.
Furthermore, Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen and has vowed to connect everyone to a 100Mbps connection by 2015.
Sparkling Cities, Ski Resort, Santa Claus
Finland Cities – Hotel Booking:
Helsinki, the capital of Republic of Finland, is a sparkling city. Famous tourist attractions include the Finlandia Hall, the Olympic Stadium, the massive underground church, gracious Senate and Market Squares, Uspenski Cathedral, and Sibelus Monument, a memorial to the Finland’s greatest composer.
The Senate Square unique architectures presents political, religious, scientific and commercial powers in the centre of Helsinki, Finland. Landmarks and famous buildings surrounding the Senate Square are the Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, main building of the University of Helsinki, and Sederholm House, the oldest building of central Helsinki dating from 1757.[source: Wikipedia]
From Helsinki, you can take luxurious Baltic ferry to across the sea to go to Stockholm, Sweden.
Helsinki has many luxury hotels including Holiday Inn Helsinki Exhibit & Convention Center, Hotel Haven, Scandic Grand Marina, Hellsten Helsinki Senate, Hotel Kamp, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Helsinki, Klaus K Hotel, Hilton Helsinki Strand.
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. The population of the city of Espoo is 265,000. Espoo is part of the Capital region and most of its population lives in the inner urban core of the Helsinki metropolitan area, along with the cities of Helsinki, Vantaa, and Kauniainen. Espoo shares its eastern border with Helsinki and Vantaa, while enclosing Kauniainen. The city is on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, in the region of Uusimaa [source: Wikipedia].
Several major companies are based in Espoo, including Nokia, Microsoft Mobile, KONE, Neste Oil, Fortum, Orion Corporation and Outokumpu as well as video game developers Rovio and Remedy Entertainment.
Espoo offers visitors many luxury hotels, such as Radisson Blu Hotel Espoo, Hotel Hanasaari, Forenom Espoo Kivenlahti Aparthotel, GLO Hotel Espoo Sello, Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden.
Lahti, located in the northeast of Helsinki, is a ski resort town. Further travel toward north, you will pass through the Finland’s lake district to Jyvaskyla – on Lake Paijanne, and reach Oulu, a city located on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia.
Rovaniemi, located south of the Arctic Circle, is a tourist destination with famous architecture, museum, theater, Santa Claus workshop and reindeers.
Chalet Hotel Rovaniemi – formerly Ounasvaaran Pirtit is one of the hotels in Rovaniemi.