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'Active Winter Vacation Ivalo, Finnish Lapland'
Consulate General of Finland
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 250
New York, NY 10017
Tel.: 212-750 4400
Fax: 212-750 4418
Finland covers a 338,000 square kilometers surface. The distance from the far south to the most northern spot is 1,160 kilometers; from east to west the distance is 560 kilometers. The country has a population of only 5.3 million, which makes Finland one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe.
Finnish Lapland is the most northern province of Finland: its larger part lies within the Polar Circle. The climate is subarctic, which means that during the summer it is dry and can be reasonably warm. In the winter temperatures decrease to between -10 en -30 degrees centigrade. The winter (ski) season is from mid-November to mid-May.
The northern light, Aurora Borealis, is a natural phenomenon which can be seen in arctic skies on clear nights. The phenomenon is caused by electric discharges in the magnetic field of Earth. Best chances to see this miraculous spectacle are from September to March.
The official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. The Sami (people of Lapland) have their own dialect. Most younger people speak English.
Finland has the euro as currency, but doesn't use the one and two euro cent coins.
Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, department stores, restaurants, shops and car rental agencies.
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