56 Reasons You Should Move To Finland Immediately

Cinnamon buns, endless summer nights, and saunas. What more could you want?

1. Because it’s full of forests that look like this.

That picture is taken in Koli.

2. And lakes that look like this.

That’s the view from Kuopio’s Puijo tower.

3. Because its food markets are unbeatable.

That’s a mushroom stall in Helsinki’s Market Square.

4. Because there’s nothing more delicious than a plate of fried vendance.

That’s in Kuopio.

5. Because Finns spend their summers in wooden cabins that look like this.

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6. And nothing feels better than a hot sauna at the end of a long day.

7. Except maybe a dip in a lake afterwards.

8. Because teeny, tiny wild strawberries grow all over the place.

9. Because Finland in the summer is a mushroom-lover’s paradise.

10. Because Finns take Midsummer seriously.

At the end of June, Finnish friends and families gather in their summer cottages to light bonfires and barbecue food to celebrate the summer solstice.

11. Because this photo was taken at 3am.

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During the summer, the sun doesn’t set until really late. This picture was taken in Jakobstad, a Swedish-speaking part of Finland.

12. Because in some parts of Finland, the sun doesn’t set at all for two months.

That’s Utsjoki.

13. Because it looks even more stunning in the winter.

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14. Becuase this is what train journeys through Finland look like.

This picture was taken on a train from Oulu to Tampere.

15. Because you can see the Northern Lights from Lapland.

This picture’s taken in Inari.

16. Because you can spend the night in an igloo.

That’s Kakslauttanen.

17. Or in a hotel made of snow.

That’s in Lapland.

18. Because nothing is more delicious than a sausage cooked on an open fire in the snow.

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19. Because you’ll never go hungry.

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Karjalanpiirakka, or Karalian pies, are rye crusts stuffed with rice. And they’re beyond delicious.

20. Because you haven’t known true happiness until you’ve bitten into a korvapuusti.

Finnish cinnamon and cardamon rolls are the best thing you’ll ever eat.

21. Because instead of hollow Easter eggs, Finns eat solid Easter eggs.

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Fazer’s Mignon eggs are genuine eggs shells filled with an almond and hazelnut nougat.

22. Because salty liquorice is the tastiest snack.

Salmiakki is a variety of liquorice that is flavoured with ammonium chloride.

23. Because, whichever way you turn, the nature will take your breath away.

That’s Koli National Park.

24. Because Moomin World exists.

There’s a theme park based on the characters from Tove Jansson’s books on Kailo island.

25. Because Helsinki is probably the world’s most glorious capital city.

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That Helsinki cathedral.

26. And you can while away hours in its Design District.

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27. Not to mention its book shops.

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28. Because Helsinki’s Sibelius monument is astonishing.

DENNIS G. JARVIS / Flickr: archer10

29. In fact, it’s full of stunning architecture.

Temppeliaukio Church is built into a rock.

30. Just look.

That’s Upsenski church.

31. Because Santa lives there.

Santa Claus Village is in Rovaniemi.

32. Because ski jumping is the most exhilarating sport you can watch.

33. And ice hockey is the most exciting.

34. Because Finns know a thing or two about the tango.

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The Finnish tango is a variation of the Argentinian tango. The annual tango festival, Tangomarkkinat, is held in Seinäjoki.

35. Because you can cross the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi.

36. Because there’s nothing quite as peaceful as cross-country skiing over a frozen lake.

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This picture was taken in Ruka.

37. But getting an ice breaker boat when the season changes is equally fun.

38. And this is what it looks like when the ice starts melting.

That’s in Pohjanmaa.

39. Because you can spot reindeer in the wild.

40. And, if you’re lucky, you might see an elk.

41. Or a brown bear.

This picture was taken in Kuhmo.

42. Because the Turku archipelago is stupidly pretty.

43. Seriously, look how gorgeous Turku is.

44. Because every summer, Olavinlinna hosts a massive opera festival.

Savonlinna Opera Festival takes place in this castle.

45. Because if you want to be alone with your thoughts, you can go ice fishing.

46. And if you want to die of cuteness, you can get a husky-drawn sled through the forests.

47. Because if you have a baby, the government will send you this.

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48. And if you have a wife, you can carry her competitively.

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Korvatunturi hosts the Wife Carrying World Championships once a year.

49. Because Finnish design is just lovely.

That’s a selection of glassware by Alvar Aalto.

50. And you can kit your whole house out in Marimekko patterns.

51. Because Finland’s heavy metal scene is incredible.

52. Because everyone forgets that it has seasides as well as lakes.

This one’s in Loviisa.

53. Because nothing is more beautiful than a silver birch forest.

54. Except a traditional Finnish munkki.

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55. Because is there a better view to enjoy while drinking your coffee?

56. See? You should never leave.

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Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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