in the Networked Readiness Index, measuring ability to utilise ICT

Source: Global Information Technology Report


Helsinki Fashion Week held for the first time

Source: Helsinki Fashion Week


The year Helsinki Design Week, Scandinavia's biggest design fest, was founded


The year Francisco Tárrega composed the waltz that later became the Nokia ringtone


The world's northernmost metro station, in Helsinki

Restaurant Day

A Finnish invention allowing anyone to set up a restaurant for a day

#1 passport

Finns can travel visa-free to 174 countries (Germans, Brits and Swedes share this honour)

Source: Visa Restrictions Index

December 24

Santa Claus arrives with the presents on Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day