Finland is home to some of the world’s best health care, literacy rates and education services. Finnish women were the first in the world to have full voting rights. And the capital Helsinki repeatedly receives honors as one of the most livable cities in the world.
But let’s get one thing established right away: Helsinki is expensive. Most rooms in the city center hover around US $200 per night. A lunch of falafel sandwiches and one Coke set us back almost $40. Two pints of craft beer cost nearly $25.
The food may be expensive, but it's also delicious. Try the reindeer. And don't forget to bring gum! Trust me. After a breakfast of salmon and pickled herring, an afternoon exploring the city’s prolific coffee shop scene, and an early evening tasting Finnish craft brews, you’ll be happy you packed some gum.