Did You Know?

  • Donald Duck was once banned in Finland because he does not wear pants.

  • In 1927, it was discovered that reindeer did not live in the North Pole. But there are plenty in the Northern part of Finland, called the Lapland.

  • From June 30 to July 2 of every year, there is the International Wife Carrying Contest in Sonkajarvili, Finland. The American version happens in Bethel, Maine and the winner goes to compete in Finland.

  • Finland has the greatest number of islands of any county in the world with 179,584.

  • Finland has the world's highest incidence of Type 1 or Juvenille diabetes. Finns also have more heart attacks than any other county.

  • Finland has the highest per capita coffee consumption in Europe. Finland also has the highest per capita consumption of milk in the whole world.

  • Finland is the least corupt and most democratic country in the world as of 2006 says the World Audit study.

  • The Finnish company, Nokia, is the world's largest manufacturer of cell phones.

  • Jouka Ahola of Finland was named the strongest man iin the world in 1997 and 1999. He holds the record for lifting the heaviest stone in the World Stongman competition. The stone weighed 414 pounds. Jouka also is the world's car carrying champion.

  • Finland has 187,888 lakes. Two thirds of Finland is covered by forest.

  • Finland is the world's top producer of plywood, paper and paperboard.

  • Finland has the most people connected to the internet in the entire world.

  • Nokia started in 1865 with the establishment of a wood-pulp mill and the manufacturing of paper.  In 1898 the Finnish Rubber Works was founded and in 1912 Finnish Cable Works began operations.  Gradually, the ownership of these two companies and Nokia shifted into the hands of a few owners. In 1967, the three companies merged to form Nokia Corporation .  Since the early 1990's, Nokia has concentrated on its core business of telecommunications resulting in its position as the world's largest manufacturer of mobile telephones, with a global market share of 38%