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Finland — Finland stands quietly, but proudly, at the far northern crossroads of East and West. Long influenced by both Sweden and Russia (its alternate rulers until independence in 1917), it ultimately maintained a very distinct culture, language, and mindset. While Helsinki couldn’t be hipper and hotter these days, with booming architecture, film, fashion, and music scenes, the Finnish soul resides within the cool and timeless countryside beyond. The Germans, who have long cherished Finland’s tranquil beauty, fittingly call the country Natur mit Unterhaltung – nature with amenities.

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For the unique (and uniquely sincere) culture, fantastic museums, quirky art scene, and exquisite natural beauty.

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8 Great Cities for a Layover

September 05, 2014 by Christine Wei

If you're traveling internationally or even just across the country, chances are you'll have a layover somewhere during your journey. Rather than waiting for ... Read More »


8 (Slightly Odd) Spa Treatments for Stress Relief from Around the World

June 23, 2014 by Tommy Burson

Relaxation takes form in all shapes and sizes. To some, an afternoon coffee with a pastry eases away the tension better than a full-body massage. To others, ... Read More »


5 Reasons Not to Order a $38 Sandwich in Helsinki

March 31, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

A survey conducted by TripAdvisor has just revealed that the most expensive city in the world to order room service is Helsinki, where a simple club sandwich ... Read More »


9 Great Airports for a Layover

February 25, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

Ah, airport layovers. Few of us will ever actually look forward to them, but there are some airports where top-notch facilities make waiting for a connection ... Read More »


11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

December 16, 2013

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in northeast China - one of the world's biggest - boasts more than 11.5 million cubic feet of life-sized castles, ... Read More »

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