Finland – the small country at the edge of Europe, has around 5.5million inhabitants. Whilst Finland is a relatively isolated place, their Minister once described their major threats as being “Russia, Russia, and Russia” – the Finnish government is actually one of the least corrupt government in the world, according to the Corruption Perception Index of 2012.
As well as this, Finland is an emerging hub for international business, with more and more employees emigrating there being drawn in by the idealistic scenery and laid-back pace to life.
So, if you ever find yourself trapped in Finland after a business trip, and at a loss at what to do next, we’ve compiled a list of three activities that should keep you well-entertained.
1. Olavinlinna Castle
The castle in Savonlinna began construction in 1475, after a powerful knight known as Erik Axelsson Tott decided he needed a stronger fortification to fend off strategic attacks. The castle has withstood Russian sieges during medieval wars, and established itself as an important trade route.
Nowadays, tourists flock to the castle to gawp at the trinkets found beneath, as well as attending exhibitions depicting life in the medieval ages. Olavinlinna also transforms into a stage for the Savonlinna Opera Festival, held annually in the summer since 1912.