Welcome to Finland
Finland, country located in northern Europe. Finland is one of the world's most northern and geographically remote countries and is subject to a severe climate. Nearly two-thirds of Finland is blanketed by thick woodlands, making it the most densely forested country in Europe.
It is a treasure waiting to be discovered. You will find thousands of reasons to fall in love with Finland; the people, arctic adventures and secrets. And four distinct seasons that continue to call you back.
Southern Finland lies by the coast of the Gulf of Finland, stretching into the lakeland of interior Finland. It is the most populous part of the country, including the urban sprawl around Helsinki.
Southern Finland is divided into 5 regions:
- Tavastia Proper - is the heart of the traditional region of Tavastia (Häme). Here you can find many old churches and manors from the time when Finland was part of the Swedish kingdom, as well as Häme castle.
- Päijänne Tavastia - is mostly defined by its largest city, Lahti, which is perhaps the most scenic large city in the southern part of the country.
- Uusimaa - while not famous for its natural attractions, you can find more "man-made" points of interest here than anywhere else. Home to almost a third of the Finnish population, there's always a lot going on in the extended capital region.
- Kymenlaakso translates to Kymi valley, and it's bisected by the Kymi river. Most of the Finnish paper industry outside Central Finland and Pirkanmaa are located here and thus it shouldn't come as a surprise that the UNESCO World Heritage site located in this region is a former paper factory.
- South Karelia - located just south of the large lakes, South Karelia is the gateway both to the Finnish Lakeland and Russia.
Southern Finland is well connected to the rest of the country by train, bus or plane and you can drive from Helsinki to most parts of Finland in one day.