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Finland is Europe’s eighth largest and the European Union’s most sparsely populated country, surrounded by Sweden on the northwest, Norway up north, and Russia to its east. It’s a rather interesting place in a lot of ways, particularly because of its history – such as being a latecomer to industrialization (1950’s) and being geopolitically neutral – and its unique contributions to the arts, culture, and the humanities such as well-regarded works of literature, works of art in a variety of mediums, and influential contributions to the world of international architecture and design, specifically in the forms of Jugendstil (or Art Noveau), Nordic Classicism, and Functionalism.
Finland has and continues to offer the world far more than just these aspects that have been mentioned, of course, but for the purposes of this article, let’s look at getting to know Finland through these avenues just so we can have a place to start from.
So if you’d like to get to know Finland and you have a penchant for the arts, culture, and design, what are the best ways to go about it? Well, here are three things you might want to consider.
What’s it like in Finland? How friendly are the folks down there? What are the things I need to know, and how can I know ‘em without having to go through walls of text? Well, the World Culture Encyclopedia has your back – check out this overview of Finland’s culture, where you can get a relatively quick and fairly good handle on Finnish society, history, cuisine, arts, humanities, and a few more interesting tidbits.
Once you’re ready to drop in, get to know the place as a local would (well, relatively similar to how they would, anyway) with a free walking tour of Helsinki. You’ll get to visit important places, learn more about the city, the country, and its architecture, and sample the local cuisine, just to name a few things.
Once you’re done with the walking tours, take it another step further by learning more about the nation’s identity by visiting its places of import elsewhere, where you can, as these carry decades – centuries, even – of history, and can give you a glimpse of what life was like then, what role each of these landmarks played, and the influence and effect it had on societal and cultural development.
Finland has a rather nice collection of historical places you can visit: discovering Finland has a collection of castles, World Heritage Sites, and other great examples of Finnish Architecture you can visit on their guide to Finnish Monuments and Buildings. Put together a list of places you’re looking to see, then get set to travel! If you’re not sure where to start, you can try Finnish Modernism’s 10 Must-sees, or go straight for Finland’s World Heritage Sites.
There you have it – a quick, three-step Finnish socio-cultural plan of action. The only questions you’ve got left now are how well do you plan on getting to know Finland, and for how long? Well, regardless of what your answers may be, just make sure you enjoy yourself and have a blast!