Finnish Background

Officially the Republic of Finland, this country located in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe is called the country of thousands of lakes and islands. With the population of only 5.4 million people it is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. Considered one of the least corrupt nations in Europe, the Finns have a lot to offer: breathtaking images of Finnish Lakeland, Archipelago Sea, polar night, Aurora Borealis and endless pine forests. Finland is also the home of Apocalyptica, Mika Waltari and Rovio, the creator of the famous Angry Birds. Last but not least, Finnish men’s national ice-hockey team is ranked as one of the best in the world. As a part of the Finno-Ugric language family, Finnish together with the Sami language – an official language in Lapland – give parents all over the world the chance to choose a child’s name based on old Scandinavian ancestry, linguistically unique, and with the pronunciation utterly different from any other Scandinavian language.