Photos [downloadable for reports]
Maps & Flag [downloadable for reports]
The Land
  • Finland (CIA World Factbook) - Find up-to-date population figures and other statistics.
  • Herding Reindeer in Lapland 21st Century Style - Read this firsthand account of a reporter's visit with a reindeer herder in northern Finland.
  • MSN Weather - Get the current weather conditions for Helsinki and other cities in Finland.
  • Overview (Lonely Planet) - Learn basic information for travel.
  • Visit Finland - Explore Finland with the help of the Finnish Tourist Board.
History and Government
  • Background Note: Finland (U.S. Department of State) - Get fast facts about Finland's government, foreign relations, and economy, and read a short history of the country.
  • Helsinki 1952 ( - Watch videos and see statistics from the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Martti Ahtisaari ( - Learn more about former Finnish president and Nobel Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari.
The People
Cultural Life
  • Books from Finland - Read about the newest Finnish literature and Finnish authors.
  • Finland (National Geographic) - Learn more about and listen to Finnish folk music.
  • Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame - Browse the world of Finnish hockey by exploring big matches, reading about famous players, and playing hockey-related games.
  • Food from Finland - Find recipes for traditional and modern Finnish foods.
  • The Kalevala - Read an English translation of the famous Finnish national saga.
  • Kristiina Uusitalo - View the works of artist Kristiina Uusitalo.
  • Language of Finland (Ethnologue) - Read about the languages spoken in Finland.
  • Sibelius - Learn about Jean Sibelius and his music.
  • Tove - Explore the world of author-artist Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomin books.
The Economy
For More Information
  • Finland ( - Listen to Finland's national anthem.
  • Finland (National Geographic) - Get general information about and see pictures of Finland, as well as link to features.
  • Finland (Visual Geography) - Learn about Finland through photographs.
  • Finland Country Profile (BBC News) - Find up-to-date headlines, colorful maps, a timeline, an overview, and watch video news clips and link to Finnish newspapers.
  • This Is Finland—Things You Should and Shouldn't Know - Learn more about all aspects of Finnish life at this official portal for Finland.
Teacher Resources
  • Lesson Plans (National Geographic Xpeditions) - Study the relationships between cultural characteristics of nations (grades 9–12).
  • Mint Condition (The Learning Network) - Learn more about Finland and other European countries' switch to the euro.
To order VGS titles or request a free catalog, please call 800.328.4929 or visit