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Best Books about Finland

Updated on November 16, 2013

Book Guides to increase your knowledge and appreciation about the Finnish culture

These set of reading book list are appropriate for anyone interested to learn more about the Finnish culture, its history and socio-political issues.

Finland is considered as a part of Nordic countries situated in the Northern Europe and the North Atlantic. It is known as the 8th largest country and most less dense population among European Union. Due to its enormous lakes found in the country, it is tagged as "the land of a thousand lakes" because in statistics there's one lake for every 26 of its people. How incredible is that!

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The Rough Guide to Finland - by Rough Guides

This is an essential traveling book companion to this fascinating Scandinavian country with clear maps and coverage of all the best attractions. Packed with stunning photography and colour illustrations, explore the must-see highlights from the best summer and winter activities - including skiing, snowmobiling and reindeer and husky driving - to the remote villages that come to life in the summertime, with beaches, lake cruises and island hopping. Find detailed accounts of all Finland's major tourist attractions, including the cultural capitals of Helsinki, Turku and Tampere and the laconic seaside towns along Finland's southern and western coast, as well as full colour sections on Finnish design and The great outdoors. You'll find informed, practical advice on what to see and do whilst relying on countless recommendations for Finland's best restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and hotels for every budget and style. With authoritative background on Finland's intricate history and expert tips on how to get around the beautiful national parks, this is your must-have guide. Make the most of your holiday with "The Rough Guide to Finland".

Lonely Planet Finland - by: Andy Symington, George Dunford

Lonely Planet Finland does cover all of the standard sightseeing objectives in the country, including museums and natural areas outside of the largest cities. And while maps are often problematic in Lonely Planet guides, I found no errors at all in this one. The activities recommended in cities like Helsinki are spot-on, free of kitsch routes and putting travelers in good contact with the locals. The author clearly thinks that most people will be in the south of Finland in the summer, since visiting places like Suomenlinna wouldn't be all that interesting in the cold and dark time of the year.

-from Amazon's Reader Review

Finland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Etiquette - by: Terttu Leney

Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer - useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine - ...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times.

-from Amazon's Book Review

How to Marry a Finnish Girl - Everything You Want to Know about Finland, that Finns Won't Tell You - by: Phil Schwarzmann

Get the straight story on surviving and thriving in the delightful land of a thousand lakes, and most importantly, learn how to catch and keep that special lady. Written by Phil Schwarzmann, an American living in Finland, where he works for a large Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, authors the popular blog "Finland for Thought", and performs stand-up comedy. He is generally considered a nice guy. This is his first book.

Living in Finland (Living in... Series) - by: Tim Bird

Living In Finland also means enjoying culinary specialties like caviar served with crme frache, crayfish dishes, and more. This look into Finland's style speaks to travelers, to those interested in the heritage of contemporary design, and to Finnish-Americans who will rediscover their own traditions in this sumptuously-illustrated book.

A Short History of Finland - by: Fred Singleton

A Short History of Finland traces the historical development of the country from its settlement by the Finns in the first millennium AD to the present time, exploring Finland's earlier connection with Sweden, the complex relationship with Russia that has dominated Finnish history in the past two centuries, and the postwar achievements of the second republic. It covers the impact of the break-up of the Soviet Union and brings events up to Finland's admission to the European Union in 1995.

Finnish Cookbook - by: Beatrice Ojakangas

This book contains a huge assortment of recipes for Finnish foods, each one accompanied by relevant and interesting tidbits about the land and its people. The recipes are listed by both their English and Finnish names, with helpful hints for many. Directions are clear and concise. Included are traditional menus for various holidays, as well as a fascinating introduction to the people, the language, a brief history, and unique customs. Suggestions for additional reading finish (Finnish!) the book.

Finland: A Cultural Guide - by: Pirkko-Liisa Louhenjoki-Schulman

This beautifully illustrated guide integrates all of the most interesting museums, castles, churches, distinguished historic homes, and architectural sights into their respective landscapes and historical contexts. The capital city Helsinki and 21 traditional districts of Finland are explored. An overview of Finnish history will familiarize visitors with Finland's political and cultural past and the fascinating people and events that helped to shape it.

Small Houses in Finland - by: Esa Piironen

This book presents a selection of the best single-family houses in Finland from the last 25 years. Each of the 29 houses presented shows a different approach to the design of a small house, from the site placement to the plan layout, facades, and use of materials, down to to the handling of the construction details. All the houses are environmentally friendly and located in different environments, from countryside to city, from seashore to inland.

The Food & Cooking of Finland - by: Anja Hill

Discover the earthy flavours and unexpected delights of Finland's healthy, hearty cuisine, which historically has combined its traditional methods and ingredients with flavours and techniques from eastern European and Scandinavian neighbours.

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      unnamedharald 5 years ago

      What a great list. I've always been interested in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. Those Finnish cookbooks look very interesting.

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Great lens ! Informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Terrific selection of books on Finland and well presented.