A few facts about Finland:
- Finland is located in Scandinavia, to the east of Sweden and to the west of Russia. Estonia is just a ferry ride to the south. (Finland is nowhere near New Zealand – in fact, it’s darn near the complete opposite side of the world. But someone did ask me that.)
- Rosetta Stone does not carry Finnish lessons.
- Finland is regularly recognized as being one of the best countries to live in, with a great quality of life and an exemplary education system.
- Finland has a population of 5.4 million people. There are less people in the whole country than the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex (where both Hubster and I are from).
- There are 187,888 lakes in Finland.
- Finns are apparently not big on small talk.
- The sauna is a big deal in Finland. A big deal. Almost every home has a sauna – there are about 2 million saunas in Finland (remember the population?)
- The northern half of the country, Lapland, is located within the Arctic Circle. There are reindeer in Lapland! And Santa’s Village!
I’ve been reading up like crazy on Finland, but I still have no idea what to expect. I’ve been following another blog, Travels With Pam, to get a feel for what it’s like where we’ll be living. Check out her posts and pictures!
(PS, we got word that our visas have been approved, and we should be in Finland in three weeks! So excited!!)