For Tuesday Ten here are 10 great things that come from tiny Finland with population of 5.3 million.
All Finns love sauna! We have over 2 million saunas in Finland, that's on average one per household.
Health benefits of the sauna include: lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation, cleanses skin from toxins and impurities and blemishes, aids weight loss, relaxes muscles, decreases swelling and reduces stress.
Back in the day, Finnish women gave birth in the sauna!
Did you know that there is a town in Finland called Nokia and the mobile phone company started out as a woodmill in the 19th century? Nokia also produces raincoats, tyres and rubber boots!
Why Nokia is better than the iPhone: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57332148-1/why-i-dont-want-an-iphone-anymore/
The amazing health discovery for dental health is a sweetener derived from the Finnish Birch trees.
Xylitol's health-promoting effects on teeth have been proven in many scientific studies. Xylitol cuts off acid attacks, prevents cavities, reduces the amount of plaque and prevents mothers infecting their children with caries. Xylitol also reduces children's ear infections."
Finnish invention Angrybirds are popular worldwide. But in Finland we even have Angrybirds evening gowns!
5. Education System
Not an innovation per se, but something to be very proud of! Countries all around the world (including very recently Saudi-Arabia) are trying to find out the secret to the success of Finland's education system which consistently tops OECD charts. Learn more from my previous post here:http://blueabaya.blogspot.com/2011/02/saudis-take-lessons-from-finnish.html
Interesting reads from other media:
Well we have all loved and sometimes hated sending and receiving SMS. The Finnish man that invented it never earned a penny for his invention! This might give him something to be happy about: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/stories/case-studies/2010/last-night-an-sms-saved-my-lived/
The miracle margarine that lowers your cholesterol is sold everywhere and recommended by physicians worldwide. Also available in Saudi-Arabia!
8. Santa Claus
The REAL Santa and his elves live in the arctic circle in Finland. The Santa Claus Village has a post office which receives millions of letters from all around the world. Each one will be replied to. It's not only children who write to Santa, sometimes he gets letters from adults seeking for advice in difficult life situations. Santa Claus could be called the world's most famous Goodwill Ambassador!
9. Ice Skates
Apparently us Finns have already been ice skating for about 5000 years! No wonder Finns have the best Ice Hockey Team in the world! World Champions 2011!
Only Finns will agree: Salmiakki, also known as salty licorice is Finland's gift to the world! Check out this HILARIOUS blog called Salmiyuck! Adventures in Salmiakki, reviews of the endless world of wonderful salmiakki products. It is certainly an acquired taste ;)