Fact #1 - Music
The icy and gloomy ambiance has produced some metal bands. So many in fact that Finland is the country with the most metal bands per capita.
Fact #2 - Traffic offenders
Traffic tickets are always an unpleasant thing, but in Finland, it can be particularly expensive. The fines are based on annual income.
Fact #3 - Saunas
Finns love the sauna. There are more than three million saunas in the whole country, which means that one sauna for every two Finns. That is the most saunas per capita.
Fact #4 - Honesty
According to a study by Readers Digest, 11 out of 12 lost wallets are returned to their rightful owner. This makes them some of the most honest people in the world.
Fact #5 - Coffee and milk
The Finns love coffee and milk, so much so that they are number one in per capita consumption. The coffee consumption is 12 kg per year and almost 1 liter of milk per day.
Fact #6 - Palindrome
The longest palindrome in the world comes from the Finnish language saippuakivikauppias. Translated, it means "a merchant of soda."
Fact #7 - Day of the Failures
October 13th of each year is the official day of the failures. The day was initiated by Finnish students in 2010 and is now celebrated nationwide.
Fact #8 - Prisons: Advantages
Prisons in Finland are very inmate friendly. Prisoners are allowed to work, spend their day and move around very freely in the surrounding villages.
Fact #9 -Prisons: Downside
But this open prison system also has disadvantages. Slightly more than 10% of prisoners escape during their time off. That is the highest escape rate in Europe.
Fact #10 - Shining Reindeer
Near Rovaniemi, the reindeer, or at least their antlers, glow. These are painted with luminous paint to prevent accidents.