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3p Bound for Helsinki: Five Fast Facts About Finland

| Sunday November 29th, 2009 | 11 Comments

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!


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  1. November 29, 2009 at 14:55 pm PDT | Larry O writes:

    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?

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    • November 29, 2009 at 15:18 pm PDT | Jen Boynton writes:

      sweet, thanks Larry! I’ll definitely check on that.

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      • April 21, 2010 at 13:44 pm PDT | sara writes:


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  2. November 29, 2009 at 16:09 pm PDT | Nick Aster writes:

    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?

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  3. November 30, 2009 at 7:15 am PDT | katz22 writes:

    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.


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  4. November 30, 2009 at 13:35 pm PDT | FR writes:

    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)…

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  5. December 01, 2009 at 10:01 am PDT | Martin writes:

    Hey @ll – I wish you a pleasent trip to Finland and very interesting company presentations.
    I am sure you’ll like my partner Alex from http://www.cleanthinking.de :-)

    Best regards from Germany,

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    • December 02, 2009 at 8:44 am PDT | Jen Boynton writes:

      Hi Martin,

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


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  6. December 04, 2009 at 2:47 am PDT | jeffersonfinlandinsider writes:

    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.


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  7. December 21, 2009 at 17:22 pm PDT | May writes:

    nice facts. I'm still really willing to go to Finland, the best country in the World and for women :D

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  8. April 21, 2010 at 20:44 pm PDT | sara writes:


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