You have travelled from your home country to Finland, a northern country in Scandinavia, but you won’t meet any polar bears, and the mosquitoes that pop up in the summer are not dangerous, either. We are proud of our country and our standard of living. Finland is a small country of some five million inhabitants but large in area; the population density is 17 inhabitants per square kilometre. The Finns have a lot of living space. We believe the time you will spend in Finland will be unforgettable. This impression is shared by many of our former exchange students, who have been happy with the time their stay here.
Owing to the vicinity of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream, Finland’s climate is temperate. Summer in Finland is warm, bright and exhilarating. Most importantly, the air in Finland is fresh, clean, pure and invigorating at all times of the year. Due to low humidity, Finland’s climate is actually not as cold as temperature readings might seem to indicate.
Around midsummer, in northern Finland the sun does not set for several weeks. In Lapland this “longest summer day” lasts for over two months. Even in more southern areas, it does not get dark at all at night, the days being separated by a couple of hours of twilight.
In southern and central Finland, the snow usually settles at the beginning of December and melts in mid or late April, and in northern Finland the snow settles around five weeks earlier and melts about three weeks later than in the south. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are a light phenomenon visible in the sky in Lapland on clear, dark nights. They can sometimes be seen also in the southern part of Finland.
The region of South Ostrobothnia, located in Western Finland, is a Finnish-speaking area with 200 000 inhabitants. South Ostrobothnia is well known for its thriving food production, processing and marketing, wood and metal industries, as well as service production. Entrepreneurship and SME’s are strongly supported by education and research; a good example of this is the EPANET co-operation network of Finnish universities in South Ostrobothnia.
The city of Seinäjoki is the lively centre of South Ostrobothnia region and has about 56 000 inhabitants. This part of Finland is well known as a wealthy region with a lot of private enterprises, which can be seen in the wide fields and high number of entrepreneurs in the towns and in the countryside. The supply of culture and sports is wide.
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