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My first encounter with Finland was shortly before my first trip to Finland in August 2006. Bob bought a musical CD from Monthy Python which had a song about Finland (although the musical is about England). Well, Finland - although close to Russia and for almost 100 years under Russian control - is a European country like all other countries of the European nation. Indeed, even the prices are quite European (although everything is rounded to the next 5 cents as there are no 1 and 2 cent coins). Finland is probably best known in the world for its extensive sauna culture, the origin of Santa Claus and his famous reindeers, and its difficult language, which is not related to any other language despite some similarities to the Hungarian language. However, nearly everybody I encountered so far was able to speak English and was quite nice and polite.

Information about Finland:

 Wikipedia Finland

Map and location of Finland:


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