3p Bound for Helsinki: Five Fast Facts About Finland

xmas-finland-reindeer-40348Quick quiz: name five things about Finland.

I’ll go first: reindeer, vodka, snow, Nokia,  and … saunas.

Pretty sad, right? For a bunch of world travelers we should know better. Luckily there is a group who is setting out to change all that. Finnfacts, the country’s PR agency, has invited Triple Pundit and friends from:

Sustainablog, Clean Techies, Clean Tech Blog, Green Dig, Leo DiCaprio’s blog, Mother Nature Network and German blog Cleanthinking.de on a tour of some of the country’s hottest clean tech companies and coldest national parks. Finnfacts is kind enough to foot the bill because they know bloggers are not known for their deep pockets.  Sold!

We head off on Monday. In preparation for the trip, I’ve been doing my research. Yes, some of this time was spent doing experiential research in the sauna with a Finlandia on ice, but I also did some good old fashioned reading. Did you know:

If you have any fun facts to add, or questions for us to ask, leave them in the comments!

Jen Boynton

Jen Boynton has been the editor in chief of TriplePundit for 8 years. With over 6 million annual readers, TriplePundit is the leading publication on sustainable business and the Triple Bottom Line. Prior to TriplePundit, Jen received an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and a degree in Sociology from Pitzer College. She spent a few years in the non-profit policy sector as well, but we won't talk about that. In her work with TriplePundit she's helped clients from SAP to PwC with their sustainability communications messaging. When she's not at work, she volunteers as a CASA -- court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system. She enjoys losing fights with her toddler overlord and eating toast scraps. She lives with her family in sunny San Diego.

13 responses

  1. According to this Yale study, Finland ranks #1 in environmental sustainability. I haven’t read enough about the study to see the details. Maybe you could ask them about it? Do they care about rankings like this?

  2. Here’s a question:

    Forestry, Mining, and other extractive industries are a big deal in Finland. How are the leading companies in those areas approaching the idea of sustainability? How is the government involved?

  3. I’ve been to Helsinki, Oulu and Tampere, during winter.

    Beautiful cities, amazing views on the countryside, great microbrewery beers and some of the nicest, warmest people I’ve ever met.

    Planning another visit, preferably during winter again – so I can avoid the scorching heat of Brazilian summer.

    k

  4. Already back in the early 1990s Finland had widely automated banking with ATMs and electronic transfers, while other countries were massively paper-based (the US even today is still using WAY too many dinosaur checks that are mailed via fossil fuels)…

    1. Hi Martin,

      Thanks for writing! Alex and I and all the rest of the bloggers are having an excellent time.

      Jen

  5. Hei ..that is 'Hi' in Finnish.

    If you get a chance…please get acquainted with the Finnish sauna routine, and a dip in the ice cold lake.

    Review how it is done here, http://www.finlandinsider.com/best-sauna-in-Fin… in order to get the most out of your Finnish sauna/ice-cold lake experience. Then try it with a friend.

    Jefferson

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