Finland Passport Ranking
The Finnish passport currently ranks on the 2nd place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 188 countries. It is considered one of the most desirable passports in the world with a very high mobility score. Finnish passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and United States allowing almost instant travel worldwide. Finnish passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 41 destinations in the world.
The Republic of Finland consists of 19 regions and is part of the European Union. The nation’s neighboring countries are Sweden, Norway and Russia. The most important regions are Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa and Southwest Finland. The country has a surface area of 338,455 square kilometers. Making it the 8th largest country in Europe. Its climate is a combination of maritime and Continental climate. The terrain is comprised of mostly flat plains, lakes and low hills.
The overall population is over 5.5 million people. The capital of the country is Helsinki, which is also the most populous city with 656,229 inhabitants, followed by Tampere and Turku. The largest airport is Helsinki – Vantaa International Airport (HEL) with more than 21 million passengers followed by Oulu Airport (OUL) with 1 million yearly passengers. Helsinki airport is the 30th largest airport in Europe and provides access to all parts of the world.
Finland’s culture is a combination of Nordic and European influences. The Lutheran belief is the main religion. The official languages of the country are Finnish and Swedish. The legal system is the civil law based on the Swedish system. The government type is a parliamentary republic. The elected chief of state is currently President Sauli Ninistro and the head of government Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
The official currency of the country is the Euro (EUR) with the current exchange rate being EUR 0.84 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $257 billion, making it the 24th largest economy in Europe. Its citizens have a per capita income of $49,334. The GDP is mostly made up of services and the industry sector. Its main goods of export are metals, metal products, electronics, machinery, barley and wheat. The country is however very dependent on exports and has shown vulnerability in the past when the world economy slowed.
Finland is filled with a variety of urban, cultural and natural tourism destinations. It is especially known for its northern region of Lapland, attracting tourists during winter and summer. It has seven UNESCO world heritage sites. Some of the major destinations include the Suomenlinna Fortress, the Helsinki Churches, the Aland Archipelago, the Northern Lights, Turku and Oulu. The nation has a total of more than 6.8 million tourists visiting every year. The majority of tourists are originating from Europe. The country and especially Helsinki are a major port for cruise ships going north to the arctic circle.