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About Finland – Land of a Hundred Thousand Lakes

 

Finland offers diverse landscapes and filming possibilities throughout the year thanks to its unique natural conditions–from midnight sun and summer heat to long winters and guaranteed snow.

 

With a thousand kilometers of coastline, over 188,000 lakes and almost as many islands, vibrant modern cities, charming old wooden towns and almost 40 national parks, Finland has it all.

 

Key facts and figures

 

Politics

Republic, parliamentary democracy, member of the European Union as well as the UN, OECD and WTO.

Population

5.3 million of which 62% live in towns or urban areas, 38% in rural areas.

Biggest cities

Capital city Helsinki with population of 564,000 and about a million with neighboring cities Espoo and Vantaa included. Other notable cities include Tampere (206,000), Turku (175,000) and Oulu (140,000).

Location

Northern Europe, between Sweden and Russia.

Official languages

Finnish, Swedish. English is widely spoken.

Main religion

Christian Lutheran

Currency

Euro, EUR

Country Phone Code

Country Code: +358

Time Zone

GMT+2

Time difference 

 

Infrastructure

 

Finland is known for being one of those countries that just works. Airplanes and trains run on time, restaurant bills have no hidden charges, and streets and runways are kept clear even if there was a severe snowstorm the previous night. Finland is also one of world’s safest and most incorrupt countries.

 

Flight connections

Direct flights from many European, American and Asian cities to Helsinki, domestic flights from Helsinki to other cities in the country.

Public transport

Train: VR

Bus: Matkahuolto

 

Geography & Climate

 

Surface Area

338,424 km² of which 10% is water, 70% forest and 6% farmland.

Dimensions

1,160 km from North to South, 540 km from East to West.

Coastline

1,100 km

Lakes and islands

187,888 lakes and 179,584 islands.

Largest lake

Saimaa (4,400 km²)

Some of the highest fells

Halti (1,328 m), Saana (1,029 m), Pallas (807 m)

 

Finland has Europe’s largest archipelago off the southwest coast. A quarter of the country lies north of the Arctic Circle. Finland is the most heavily forested country in Europe. The country shares a border with Russia to the east, measuring 1,269 km. Its other neighbors are Sweden and Norway.

 

With four distinct seasons, the Finnish climate is marked by cold winters and warm summers. The temperatures vary between +25ºC in the summer and -25ºC in the winter.

 

Finland offers diverse landscapes and filming possibilities throughout the year thanks to its unique natural conditions–from the midnight sun and summer heat to long winters and guaranteed snow. For more information, check out the links below:

 

Weather services

Foreca

Finnish Meteorological Institute

 

Working in Finland

 

Finland is a member of the European Union (EU) and Schengen act.

 

For visa requirements in the Schengen area and travel documents accepted by Finland (by country), visit the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

 

If you intend to work in Finland, you usually need a residence permit granted by the state. However, you do not need a residence permit if you are a film worker and your employer does not have an office in Finland, and the duration of the job is no longer than three months.

 

Citizens of the European Union and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can freely work in Finland for a maximum of three months, after which they must register their right to reside in Finland.

 

Filming and Location Permits

 

Filming permits are usually easy to obtain and are inexpensive.

 

Small filming groups can work in public areas without specific permissions, so long as they do not disturb traffic or cause any other disturbance for people living or visiting the area.

 

In the wilderness areas, you can shoot without specific permissions but you might need one for motorized vehicles, other heavy equipment or when filming is planned to take place in a private area, such as someone’s backyard.

 

If you are planning to film in privately owned areas or with a large crew, we are happy to investigate whether you need a permit.

 

Film Commissions

 

There are five regional film commissions in Finland. If you consider shooting in Finland, one of our regional Film Commissions is an excellent first point of contact. We will help you find the most suitable and qualified crews, production companies, freelance artists and technicians that are able to do their job skillfully, to deadline and on budget.

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