Our dear home country Finland has once again been picked as one of the best countries in the world! This time it’s named one of the best travel destinations of 2017 by one of the coolest travel medias of all time, Lonely Planet. Hurray, Finland!
One of the main curiousities to lift Finland on their radar is our upcoming 100th anniversary of independence. There’s a lot of events and happenings taking place here next year so there will be a lot of fun stuff for a traveler to discover.
Joining us on the best travel destionations of 2017 top10 list are the following countries:
That’s a mighty cool list. Their website has more information and further reasoning for the their picks.
Says Lonely Planet:
Fought over by Russia and Sweden for 800 years, Finland finally gained independence in 1917. The Finns will celebrate their centenary with gusto, with events planned in every region. Expect everything from al fresco concerts and communal culinary experiences to sauna evenings and vintage-travel-poster exhibitions. There’s even a new national park, an 11,000-hectare chunk of land in Hossa, studded with pine forests and crisscrossed with rivers. With the country also playing host to the World Figure Skating Championships and the Nordic World Ski Championships this year, there’s never been a better time to discover Finland’s proudly unique culture and landscapes.
That’s mighty cool. I guess we’ll see you here next year, fellow travelers, eh? Just let us know when you’re coming and we’ll meet you at the Helsinki airport upon your arrival.
Which, by the way, is often ranked as one of the best airports in the world. Just saying.
Like we say in Finnish whenever something happens that we can boast about: Torilla tavataan! (See you at the market place!) — a very beloved saying dating back to 1995, when our men’s hockey team beat Sweden in the world championship in Stockholm. Back then, everyone indeed met at the market place and got horribly drunk to celebrate. Lovely.
(PS: What’s that, you ask? Is Finland really the only European country to make the list? Why yes, yes it is. Hear that, Sweden?)