Helsinki, Finland   4 comments

The only rain to speak of during my 2 week trip to the Baltic Capitals came while waiting for the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki. During the torrential downpour, which only lasted about 2 mins, the streets were flooded and cars were hydro-planing.
It began again as I embarked on the Superstar ferry and I’ve never heard rain so loud, but it soon subsided and we were back to warm sunshine and blue skies as we sailed into Helsinki harbour in Finland, or Suomi as the Finns call it.

Because of a famine in 1870, Ice Breakers were invented and now 60% of the worlds ice-breakers are built here. The ceiling in the Church in the Rock is made of 22,000km of copper wiring.

Street signs are written in both Finnish and Swedish. Seat belts fines are handed out according to your income level. Finns pay for kindergarten according to their income. From the age of 7, school is free and a hot lunch is provided until the age of 19. All learning is done in school, no homework. There are 195,000 lakes in Finland.

A world recycler – money is refunded for plastic bottles. The Helsinki Eye has a pod with a sauna in it. Helsinki converted an old freight train line into a bike and pedestrian path called the Baana, also known as the ‘The Low Line’ – similar to New York City’s ‘The High Line’.


Posted July 19, 2016 by Jaclyn in Travel

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4 responses to “Helsinki, Finland

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  1. Cool – love all the unusual facts about Finland! I was just there in June and saw many of the same things. Loved the Rock Church and the Kamppi Chapel of Silence! ~Sherry

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