The country is going to lead the path to happiness with local guides under the ‘Rent A Finn’ experience.

Snowland Rovaniemi, Finland
Snowland Rovaniemi

Cited as the happiest nation in the world in the UN World Happiness Report 2018, Finland is home to just 5.5mn people (which is 1/4th the population of Delhi).

Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India (left) and Dr. Jukka Holappa, Commercial Counsellor India, Visit Finland
Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India (left) and Dr. Jukka Holappa, Commercial Counsellor India, Visit Finland

While there are many reasons to be happy in this country, Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India, says, “We are a tolerant and hard working country. Finland reinvented itself in one century from an agrarian society into a high tech country. Also, the clean air and the natural surroundings make it the ideal place to let go of stress. Almost 80% of the land is covered by forest and 10% by water.”

And for those in search of happiness, a special experience, called ‘Rent A Finn’, is being launched. Under this, ‘Finns are opening their homes and lives and welcoming visitors to learn how to reconnect with nature. Finnish nature with a local guide is the perfect way to find your calm’, the website rentafinn.com explains.

Sari Hey, Head of PR & Media – Asia & Australia, Visit Finland (left) and Sara Sodhi Juneja, Country Head - India, Visit Finland
Sari Hey, Head of PR & Media – Asia & Australia, Visit Finland (left) and Sara Sodhi Juneja, Country Head – India, Visit Finland

Finland is popular for the Northern Lights but it also has 40 national parks, 188,000 lakes and over two million saunas. En route journeys to or from Europe, among its more interesting attractions are the igloos. “You can lie in these and watch the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed,” says Sari Hey, Head of PR & Media – Asia & Australia, Visit Finland. The tourism board has made a comeback to the subcontinent after 8 years. On why it is back after a long period, “What’s important is that now we are back and looking forward to more visitors from India,” says Dr. Jukka Holappa, Commercial Counsellor India. The arrivals to Finland grew by 15% from India in 2018.

For those seeking unique experiences, there are snow hotels, activities such as berry picking and 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki. Not to forget that Finland is also the home of Santa Claus. Aurora Borealis can appear on 200 nights a year in the Finnish Lapland.

“Finland is an all-year destination with the four seasons. Midnight sun in the summer and the allure of the Northern Lights in the winter, Finland is a rare beauty,” says Sara Sodhi Juneja, Country Head – India, Visit Finland.

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