While Finland isn’t known as a top football country, Finnish soccer fans have plenty of cause for excitement as the 2018 World Cup plays out in neighbouring Russia.
Most Olympic medals total, per capita (302 in all) of any nation
Amount of trips Finns make to Lapland each year
Source: Statistics Finland
Slideshow: As Winter Olympic events opened to female participation in the early and mid-1900s, Finnish women athletes often acted as trailblazers. In Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018, Finnish sportswomen continue to compete for top results, as they always have.
For Helsinkian Janne Saario, a childhood passion for skateboarding led to a pro career. Later he became one of the few architects in the world to focus on site-specific skateparks as high-quality urban spaces that inspire skaters and flow with the landscape.