In Finland, almost every family home has a sauna and selected in coworking and coliving spaces with a sauna would not be an unusual requirement here. It might get very dark in the winter months but the locals are very welcoming and squeeze a lot of joy out of the long summer nights around the summer solstice when Helsinki turns into a party capital.
Remote workers should definitely go to Finland for a long-term or short-term stay to experience for themselves why it was recently voted the happiest country on earth.
Here are some fun facts about Finland:
- About 5.5 million people live in Finland
- Finnish and Swedish are both official languages here and the Swedish-speaking minority is very active in the country’s culture.
- The Moomin children’s book characters are perhaps Finland’s most famous export along with the Angry Birds game
- Finland is also famous for its excellent schools and happy children and many countries look to copy the local teaching philosophy
- Together with its Scandinavian neighbors, Finland is in the top 3 most gender-equal countries according to the WEF Global Gender Gap Index
- Finland has over 180,000 lakes!
- Wife carrying is a popular sport in Finland
- Northern Finland is one of the best places on earth to catch the Northern Lights - or even a glimpse of Santa Claus
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Finland was -60 Fahrenheit!
- Finland has more saunas than cars
- The UNESCO-listed sea fortress Suomenlinna is a very popular tourist destination
The capital, Helsinki, and Tampere are both popular with remote workers in the creative industries or the IT sector and the local coworking and coliving spaces provide plenty of opportunities to network and make visitors. Like Estonia, Finland also offers very attractive immigration terms for those looking to base their start-up in the country.