Area: 338,448 km²
Residents: 5,503,000 (December 31, 2016)
Population density: 16 E / km²
Form of Government: Parliamentary republic
System of Government: Parliamentary democracy
Neighboring countries: Sweden, Norway, Russia Capital: Helsinki National languages: Finnish, Swedish Religions: 79% Protestant Lutheran, 1% Orthodox, 0.36% Jehovah’s Witnesses Currency: Euro Telephone area code: +358 Time zone:UTC + 2, UTC + 3 (March – October)
In 2020, 407 Germans officially emigrated to Finland and 199 returned to their homeland. Within the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, 3,541 Germans officially emigrated to Finland and 2,583 moved back to Germany. In 2020 there were officially 4,234 Germans living in Finland.
Although almost as big as Germany, only 5.5 million people live in this most densely forested country in Europe. It is known as the “Land of a Thousand Lakes”. In reality there are more than 186,000 lakes. In addition, almost 100,000 inland islands enchant. Numerous animals still live in the forests that are no longer found in other regions. In the north-west of the country is the “Haltifunturi”, which is the highest mountain in the country with its 1,324 m.
At first glance, the Finnish language seems complicated, but everything is spoken as it is written. English is also understood by many people. Quite a few even speak German. Finns often seem calm and reserved, but they can thaw quite a bit when partying. They are considered helpful, if not always in a good mood. Even so, they are mostly friendly.
According to allcitycodes, the country has a lot to offer travelers: in Helsinki, for example, you will find beautiful classical buildings such as the cathedral, the old Senate building and the university. The city also offers an interesting cultural life and night life.
The island fortress of Suomenlinna was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Many Finns have holiday homes. These are mostly log houses made of wood, equipped with a traditional sauna.
In some areas, however, there are many mosquitoes in summer, which can affect the enjoyment of nature a little. Moose, reindeer, brown bears, wolves, lynxes, wolverines, black grouse, hazel grouse, red grouse and whooper swan can be seen in the woods and many of the many tasty mushrooms can be picked.
In summer, the average temperatures are between 12 and 17 degrees. And the temperature can rise above 25 degrees for one to two weeks. However, this is only the case in the south, because in the north the climate is much colder and the summer is also much shorter. But winter can last up to 200 days here and up to 90cm of snow falls. The famous northern lights can also be seen here in winter. And can be reached by plane via Ivalo, Finland’s northernmost airport.
General travel regulations (up to the corona pandemic)
Finland is a member of the European Union and the Schengen states, so citizens of these countries can enter the country without a visa for 3 months – regardless of whether it is a vacation or a work stay. Entry is permitted with both a passport and an identity card.
Immigration and residence permit
If you want to stay in Finland for more than 3 months, you need to register with the local police and the registration office. For this purpose, a valid ID, a passport photo, a certificate of employment must be submitted or sufficient income must be proven (the cost of living here is around 20 percent higher than in Germany).
You can also easily apply for a residence permit over the Internet. To do this, go to enterfinland.fi. The site is in English and also has a so-called “Application Finder”, which helps insecure applicants to choose the right application.