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The Republic of Finland is a sovereign Nordic country located in northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden to the west, Russia to the east, and Norway to the north, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland. The capital city is Helsinki. Finland is a natural wonderland with more trees than people and more islands than any other nation in the world. With endless miles of wilderness and 188,000 lakes, this is a great place to get up close and personal with the outdoors.
There is office space to rent in Finland, making it possible to join the list of commercial success stories coming out of the country. Notable companies in Finland include Nokia, the former market leader in mobile communications and Stora Enso, the largest paper manufacturer in the world. Other companies are Neste Oil - oil refining and marketing, UPM-Kymmene - third largest paper manufacturer in the world, Aker Finnyards - manufacturer of the world’s largest cruise ships, and Rovio Mobile - video game developer most notable for creating Angry Birds.
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Finland’s designers are world famous. There are tours available that will allow you to explore their creations in Helsinki. Architecture tours focus on the buildings and public spaces created by the internationally acclaimed Alvar Aalto. Other tours are available that are based around jewelry, ceramics, glassware, and traditional wooden architecture. Finns drink more coffee than anyone else in the world, and this means you are never far from a kahvila (cafe). These coffee houses are found in every village and town square. Home-style Finnish cooking predominates the restaurants, but you’ll also find French, Italian, and other international cuisines throughout Finland. Finnish specialties include Kalakukko - a thick rye loaf stuffed with lake fish, Karjalanpiirakka - a savory pastry stuffed with rice pudding and eaten with egg butter, Lihapullat - beef and egg meatballs, traditionally served with lingonberries and gherkins, Poronkaristys - sautéed reindeer, and Pullat - cardamom flavored buns, the traditional accompaniment to coffee.
Finland’s national airline is Finnair, but there are flights available with many other European airlines. The typical flight time from London to Helsinki is 3 hours and from New York is 8 hours. There are rail-sea links to Finland via Copenhagen and Stockholm and several trains run daily from Helsinki to St Petersburg and Moscow. Car ferries sail daily to Finland from Stockholm and other Swedish ports, as well as from the Estonian port of Tallinn.