Stunning Nordic scenery makes Finland a very desirable country to study in. The beautiful landscape means that it’s a perfect destination for those who love being outdoors, with skiing, fishing and water sports among Finland’s most popular pastimes. Its climate offers midnight sun in the summer, as well as polar winters, and the opportunity to see the aurora borealis (Northern Lights).
Finland’s long traditions of hunting and fishing have resulted in a varied cuisine, and the difficulties in growing fresh fruit and vegetables mean that fish and meat, as well as seasonal berries and wholegrains, are used to create some unique national dishes such as Lihapullat (Finnish meatballs) and Munkki (a doughnut-like dessert). Heavy investment in the Finnish education system means it is widely regarded as one of the best in the world and the country boasts a number of high-ranking universities, many of which offer English-language courses.
In the capital there is the University of Helsinki, Finland’s oldest university, as well as Aalto University, while the country’s former capital, Turku, is becoming increasingly fashionable; it hosts a number of festivals every year and students from the University of Turku make up a significant proportion of the city’s population. Famous Finns include film director Renny Harlin, composer Jean Sibelius and former Olympic ski jumper Matti Nykänen.