First visit: August 1994
Sunsequent visits: February 1999,place of residence March-December 1999, September 2005, May 2007.
Visited: Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Turku, Jyvaskyla, Uurainen, Ivalo, Nuorgam.
The Finns are not really Europeans in terms of ancestry and its shows not only in the language but also in some culturally strange habits that serve to make this place an oddity, but delightfully so. Despite a climate that leads many to alcoholism, the landscape, full of lakes, is a dream, and the summer here, with a picnic culture, is fantastic. Helsinki is a bit too low key at times, but there are many opportunities for day trips in the region. And the Finns are generally adorable.
Highlights: Katri-helena (see links section), mushroom soup at Esplanaadi cafe.