With Russia to the east, Sweden to the west and Norway to the north, the Republic of Finland lives up to its reputation as a country of unspoiled natural beauty with untouched forests, crystal-clear lakes and the awe-inspiring aurora borealis. Yet there's so much more to the "land of the midnight sun." Capital Helsinki, the country's largest city with more than 500,000 inhabitants, is a thriving urban center. In the surrounding area, travelers can encounter the cultural and historical treasure known as King's Road.
WHERE TO EAT Dining in Finland
At Chez Dominique in Helsinki, chef Hans Välimäki combines Nordic and French flavors together in dishes like marinated shellfish and rouille. If you're in an adventurous mood, try one of the nightly surprise menus.
A MILITARY CITY BY THE SEA Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
San Francisco has the
famed Alcatraz prison, but that’s nothing compared
to the military fortress of a city that makes up Suomenlinna
on an island off of Helsinki. Built in 1748, the area
now has roughly 850 inhabitants and is a favorite destination
AT A GLANCE
Find information regarding the entry into and residence
in Finland of foreign nationals via the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for Finland
The official travel guide to Finland.
BOOK A ROOM Hotels in Finland Whether you want standard or deluxe accommodations, make sure to check these hotel reviews, ratings and photos to find lodging that meets all of your needs.
credit of top middle image: Bruce Benedict and top right: Finnish