Finland is a wild, northern country that borders Russia. The people who live here call their country “Suomi.” For hundreds of years, Sweden ruled Finland. Then Russia ruled it. Finally, in 1917, Finland gained independence.
Finland has its own culture and language, which is different from Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Forests cover most of the country and many people work as loggers. Children in Finland don’t start school until they are seven, yet their test scores are very high.
Fun Facts about Finland for Kids
- The capital of Finland is Helsinki.
- The President of Finland is Sanna Marin
- Finland has 117,610 square miles of land.
- 5,542,517 people live in Finland (data taken 2018)
- People speak Finnish and Swedish.
- Most people are Christian.
- The government is a multiparty democracy.
- The dollar is the Euro (currency).
- 99 percent of adults can read.
- People in Finland can expect to live 81.2 years.
- At 1324 m Halti is the highest mountain in Finland.
- Flowing for 550 km Kemijoki is Finland’s longest river.
- Santa Claus has his workshop in Lapland, Northern Finland.
- Independence: freedom
- Culture: customs, traditions, way of life
- Logger: someone who harvests trees
Learn More All about Finland
Here’s a great video for kids all about Finland:
A video documentary showcasing a change in lifestyle and culture in Finland.
Question: What do people like to do in Finland?
Answer: The sauna was created here. A sauna is a wooden room that is filled with steam. Families sit in saunas to relax and cleanse their bodies.
Question: Is Finland near the sea?
Answer: Finland is surrounded by water on three sides. There are also 50,000 lakes in the country.
Map of Finland
Here’s a map of the country of Finland and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Finland! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Finland, as though you are actually there!