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Finland
Sport in Finland
Finland
Year of EU entry: 1995
Capital city: Helsinki
Total area: 338 000 kmВІ
Population: 5.3 million
Finland, a country of
forests and lakes, is
perhaps best known for its
unspoilt natural beauty.
Helsinki, Finland's capital
and largest city, receives
many visitors year-round.
Sport in Finland
Sport is considered a
national pastime in Finland
and many Finns visit
different sporting events
regularly.
Pesäpallo
("Finnish
baseball") is the national
sport of Finland, although
the most popular forms of
sport in terms of television
viewers
and
media
coverage are ice-hockey
and Formula One. The most
popular recreational sports
and
activities
include
floorball, nordic walking,
running and skiing.
Wife carrying
The wife carrying competition is
very popular in Finland, though
it doesn’t actually have to be
your wife. And the winner gets
the woman's weight in beer.
Several types of carry may be
practised: piggyback, fireman's
carry (over the shoulder), or
Estonian-style (the wife hangs
upside-down with her legs
around
the
husband's
shoulders, holding onto his
waist).
Athletics and Ice Hockey
• The sport of athletics has historically been an important part of
both Finnish sports history and national identity. Javelin throw is
the only event in which Finland has enjoyed success all the way
from the 1900s to this day. Thus, it is currently the most popular
athletics event in Finland.
• Ice hockey is the most popular sport in Finland. It's top professional
league, the SM-Liiga, is among the strongest in the world. The
Finnish national team has won the World Championship twice, in
1995 and 2011.
Athletics and Ice Hockey
Tero Kristian Pitkämäkiis a Finnish
javelin thrower and the former
World Champion.
Teemu Ilmari Selänne nicknamed
"The Finnish Flash" is a Finnish
professional ice hockey winger.
Motorsport
Motorsport became popular in Finland
in the 1950s with the birth of rallying
competitions.
Currently the most popular form of
motorsport is Formula One. F1 was
popularized in Finland in the 1980s by
Keke Rosberg, who in 1982 became the
first Finnish Formula One World Driver's
champion.
Today’s most famous Finnish driver in
F1 is Kimi Räikkönen.
Famous Finnish
runners
• Hannes Kolehmainen
• Paavo Nurmi
• Lasse Virén
Famous Finnish
Women in Sport
• Eva Wahlström is the most
successful Finnish female boxer
• Tanja Poutiainen
Finnish alpine ski racer
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