10 Fun Reasons Why Finland Is The World’s Happiest Country
1. Wife Carrying Competition
Let’s get off the table one of the most interesting competitions in the world – the wife-carrying race where the winner is crowned based on how fast one reached the finish line while carrying their spouse. The championship is held in Sonkajärvi every year since 1992. The grand prize for the winner is the spouse’s weight in beer.
While the location remains the same, the championship will be held between June 30 and July 1.
2. Running 3K to 12K-Length Competitions Wearing Wool Socks
Finns love their warm and cosy socks and don’t want to take them off even when they are running. The Woolsock Run Finnish Championship includes different length competitions starting from 3k to 12k. The Championship will be held in Orivesi, on February 18, with spectators being able to help themselves with hot juice and soup.
3. Playing Soccer… Outside the Field
Sports are played all around Finland but soccer in mud attracts many people every year in Finland. The Swamp Soccer World Championships are hosted every summer in Hyrynsalmi near Oulu and this year are scheduled for July 14. The popular event gathers nearly 200 teams with more than 2,000 players.
4. Sledding How Finns Do
Finnish sledging includes a wooden chair on the front and long skis on the bottom. The Kicksled World Championships is a serious sport in the country and it is held every year, with this year marking its 32nd anniversary. See you in Multia, Central Finland on March 10, to have a mud match.
5. Swimming Suit Skiing
This activity includes going skiing and then topping it off with a hot sauna session. It was invented by two women who combined the two activities which are quite extreme in terms of temperature and mobility. This year, the event will be hosted on March 9, Jämsä.
6. The Sauna Heating World Championships
Saunas are a very important element of Finnish culture. Saunas were first discovered here and this event honours the tradition. Teams are encouraged to dress up for the audience and other competitors. The event will be held in Jyväskylä, on July 8.
7. Races With Reindeer
In general, Finns like to race, as they host many championships and other competitive events. Whether be it mud in soccer, or running with wool socks, Finns will not step aside to race with reindeer, especially in Lapland where there are as many people as reindeer – a total of 180,000.
In the Annual Reindeer Racing Championships, competitors ski behind the reindeer comparing on a 1,000-metre-long track. You can attend the event on March 25, in Inari.
8. Knitting World Championships
On July 7, all heavy metal lovers and handcrafters will gather in Joensuu for the annual Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships. There are more than 50 heavy metal bands for every 100,000 people and thousands of those that like knitters are also metal heads.
9. Sleepy Head Day Festival
This event is held in Naantali on July 27, and it starts with an early-morning wake-up call for the Official Sleepy Head of the Year, which is usually a celebrity who is thrown into the sea at 7 am. Finns believe that those who sleep late on this day are lazy and non-productive for the rest of the year.
In addition, there will be a range of different events during this time, including a market with artisan products and a cake competition.
10. Looking for Gold
In the Tankavaara Gold Village, families gather for the annual event of the European Gold Panning Championships, which has many categories for all those seeking gold. The winner of each category is the one who finds all the hidden gold first. It will be held between July 20 and 23, 2023.