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Finland Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Finland?
Quiz by alberici
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Last updated: May 30, 2020
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First submittedDecember 19, 2015
Times taken35,564
Average score62.5%
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Countries that border Finland
Norway
Russia
Sweden
Ocean gulfs that border Finland
Gulf of Bothnia
Gulf of Finland
The above gulfs are part of this sea
Baltic Sea
Capital city
Helsinki
Biggest inland city
Tampere
Traditional steam bath
Sauna
Northern region shared
by 4 countries
Lapland
Main ethnic group that lives
in the above
Sami
Mythical person said by some to
live in that region
Santa Claus
Hint
Answer
73% of Finns belong to this church
(but only 2% attend weekly)
Lutheran
Currency of Finland
Euro
Former currency
Markka
What Finland is called in Finnish
Suomi
Composer of "Finlandia"
Jean Sibelius
Mobile phone company
Nokia
War fought against the USSR in 1940
Winter War
Most popular sport
Ice hockey
Largest freshwater lake
Saimaa
A Finnish spitz is a type of ...
Dog
Operating system created
by Linus Torvalds
Linux
Long-distance runner
and 12-time Olympic medalist
Paavo Nurmi
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Level 51
Dec 20, 2015
I guess Markka is just Mark in English, so you could accept it.
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Level ∞
Dec 22, 2015
Okay
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Level 70
Apr 20, 2016
Disagree- that would be like accepting "crown" for the Danish krone, Swedish krona or Icelandic krona, or accepting "weight" instead of the many versions of peso that are out there.
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Level 69
Apr 25, 2016
I actually call the Swedish currency crown when speaking English.
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Level 60
Sep 15, 2021
And "crown" is quite often accepted as a correct answer for those listed above.
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Level 79
Dec 28, 2015
I'd have been very ashamed of myself had I not gotten 100%. I think Turku should be added as an answer though. The hint could be: "Oldest city" or "Ex-capital" (well, before independence under the Swedish rule).
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Level 84
Apr 20, 2016
I thought Bothnia was farther south, near Therbia.
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Level 84
Apr 20, 2016
This made me laugh. Thank you!
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Level 76
Apr 20, 2016
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Level 48
Apr 22, 2016
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Level 61
Oct 26, 2020
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Level 77
Aug 4, 2020
Me no get it
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Level 61
Aug 5, 2020
Bothnia as in ‘bosnia’ and Therbia as in ‘serbia’. If you talk with a ‘th’ instead of ‘s’
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Level 44
May 27, 2021
I needed that explanation.
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Level 77
Jan 19, 2023
Me get it now
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Level 67
Oct 27, 2020
Only in the words of Mike Tyson....
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Level 79
Apr 20, 2016
I've seen it spelt 'Saami' more commonly than 'Sami'.
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Level 68
May 4, 2016
This, please accept
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Level 53
Mar 28, 2020
It's the English version, Saami is the Finnish one.
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Level 67
Aug 28, 2022
The English Wikipedia accepts "Saami": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A1mi

And I have also seen it be spelt "Saami" more often.

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Level 64
Apr 20, 2016
I feel ashamed for getting only 12 after having been to Finland.
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Level 62
Apr 21, 2016
I am ashamed of getting 12 and never been to finland. Could have gotten a couple more, like sauna, but just gave up
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Level 67
Apr 20, 2016
Need to get Teemu Selanne involved in this. The Finns worship him. He set the NHL record for goals by a rookie (76), so you could ask that one.
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Level 73
Apr 20, 2016
Definitely not more famous sportsman than Paavo Nurmi
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Level 65
Apr 20, 2016
Lasse Viren would also have to be a contender for the greatest sportperson they produced.
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Level 84
Sep 18, 2017
I thought of Viren, too. But 9 gold medals > 4 gold medals.
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Level 87
Aug 3, 2019
Who x 3 = ?
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Level 56
Feb 28, 2018
Not nearly every Finn worships him. His political views, for example, are considered controversial.
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Level 74
Feb 28, 2018
That's news to me. As a Winnipegger, when I went to Finland I was treated very well (unbelievably well - it started to feel like a second home) whenever anyone found out I was from the home of the Jets. And now with Patrick Laine...
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Level 67
Jul 28, 2020
Gee, what a surprise that a hockey player would turn out to be an ignorant reactionary. :P
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Level 67
Oct 24, 2020
I am unfamiliar with his politics. But he is my favorite hockey player, and whenever I mentioned that in Finland, people were *ecstatic.* Things may have changed in the four years since I've been there.
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Level 44
Aug 23, 2022
You do need to add Teemu Selanne, I am from Finland and I can say that Selanne needs to be here.
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Level 74
Apr 21, 2016
Too Fenno-centric!
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Level 21
Apr 22, 2016
How can you have a quiz about Finland and not include Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim? Without his leadership in WWII and after the war the Finns would be speaking Russian now. In 2001, fifty years after Mannerheim's death, the Finns voted him greatest Finn of all time. Outlandish, preposterous!
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Level 60
Oct 24, 2020
The Greatest Finns vote took place in 2004. Not 2001.
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Level 71
Apr 24, 2016
Oh, thank god I got 100%. Would have hated myself otherwise, being Finnish.
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Level 64
Dec 29, 2016
Wow! This was hard. I was not able to Finnish it! To all you Pun Haters out there, thats right... I said it!
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Level 56
Dec 16, 2017
Shouldn't Helsingfors be accepted for Helsinki?
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2018
You know when you're talking to an extroverted Finn?

They look at your shoes.

Thank you very much.

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Level 88
Oct 24, 2020
What a nice way to Finnish your sentence.
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Level 45
Feb 28, 2018
how did I miss the second gulf one..LOL its so obvious..and btw s afew I had no idea.I guessed horse for the finnish spitz.. and I can't spell the churchname apparently, cause I knew that one. I thought the northern province one was zealand.. but I guess I was wrong, like usual :P
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Level 38
Feb 28, 2018
Type-Inns request for Helsinki- Helsingfors?
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Level 76
Feb 28, 2018
If Santa lives in Lapland, shouldn't elves be the main ethnic group?
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Level 61
Mar 11, 2018
I see where your'e going with that logic, but...
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Level 61
Mar 11, 2018
Fennoscandia is also a northern region of Europe including four countries that Finland is part of.
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Level 18
Jun 12, 2018
I got 22/24.

I've been living in Finland for six years.

Feeling ashamed right now...

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Level 44
Aug 23, 2022
oof
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2018
Sami people are not the main ethnic group in Lapland even though they are the original inhabitants. Wikipedia article about Lapland: "the Sami people are estimated to only make up around 5% of its total population" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A1pmi
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Level 32
Sep 18, 2018
never been to Finland (but would love to go and will probably go in the next year) but still scored 15/24
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Level 66
Dec 14, 2018
Can you please accept Saami for Sami?
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Level 51
Dec 15, 2018
I did not know what is spitz and Google translator did not know either.
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Level 60
Dec 24, 2018
Spitz on pystykorva
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Level 26
Jan 17, 2019
Nice! This is pretty much correct, i’m from Finland. / Kiva! Tälä on aika oikein, oon Suomesta.
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Level 44
Aug 23, 2022
Hieno!
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Level 48
Apr 14, 2019
Only 25% knew spitz is a dog? I never heard of a Finnish spitz but a regular old spitz is a pretty well known dog breed, I think...
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Level 60
Jun 22, 2020
reminded me of sunflower seeds
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Level 56
Jan 18, 2020
Accept Helsingfors for Helsinki and Tammerfors for Tampere please. They're both official names for the cities and they're accepted on most other quizzes.
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Level 66
Feb 24, 2020
Finnish language authorities recommend to use names in the area's majority language, except in estonian and sandinavian languages.
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Level 43
Jul 10, 2020
Isn't East Sea another name for Baltic Sea? I know it is in Dutch, but maybe not in English
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Level 69
Jul 24, 2020
Not in English. It's East Sea in Germanic languages apart from English, and is also called East Sea in Finnish
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Level 60
Sep 15, 2021
Lol. Imagine teaching kids that in school. "And here, west of us, lies the East sea." :-D
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Level 72
Aug 23, 2020
No one knows the lake, forget the lake. In the next version, how about, "Mostly Swedish-speaking island group"?
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Level 57
Sep 30, 2020
Got only 15 and I am norwegian. How much do finnish kids learn of Norway in school, because we did almost learn nothing of Finland.
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Level 38
Apr 8, 2021
well im finnish and i got 10 in the norwegian country quiz
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Level 71
Oct 24, 2020
i thought the northern region with four countries was scandinavia, that clue could be a bit more specific maybe?
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Level 60
Oct 24, 2020
Winter War began in 1939. Fix?
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Level 71
Oct 24, 2020
Kinda feel like an idiot for not getting euro on this one. I think I assumed that Finland would have a unique currency separate from the euro just because all the other Scandavian countries do.
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Level 50
Oct 24, 2020
I typed Protestant. Technically correct?
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Level 74
Oct 25, 2020
Vaguely surprised to not see Eero Saarinen. The NYT crossword would have you think he's the most important fact about Finland.
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Level 69
Jan 5, 2021
I have never heard of him as a Finn
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Level 47
May 9, 2022
He is probably the most notable finnish born american. He did most of his notable work in USA, so he's not that famous in Finland. His father, Eliel, is more famous in Finland.
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Level 44
Nov 4, 2020
According to Wikipedia the second largest city is not Tampere, but Espoo - 279,000 population versus Tampere's 231,000. Perhaps this should be updated?
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Level 53
Mar 8, 2021
Inland city
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Level 60
Sep 15, 2021
Looking at the map, Espoo seems rather inland to me. Maybe the author considered it more of a suburb of Helsinki? But deffinitely somethingh worth QM to at least consider.
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Level 68
Nov 5, 2021
Yeah Espoo is a coastal "city". It's also kinda ridiculous calling it a city considering its "central station" is like the least urban neighborhood in this municipality. It's just a bunch of districts that act as small suburbs in the western Helsinki area. Tampere also has municipalities surrounding it making its urban area bigger than Espoo itself.
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Level 41
Sep 18, 2021
Espoo is definitely not an inland city, it's located by the sea.
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Level 51
Jan 3, 2022
I got 19 and I am finnish
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Level 76
Sep 7, 2022
Since when is Santa Claus 'mythical?' I'm deeply hurt by this... :)