Finland True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about the country of Finland are true or false?
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Last updated: January 26, 2021
First submittedJanuary 26, 2021
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1. No part of Finland is on the Scandinavian peninsula
True
False
Northwestern Finland is on the Scandinavian peninsula, but Finland is not strictly part of Scandinavia
2. Finland fought both alongside and against Germany in WW2
True
False
Alongside in the Continuation War and against in the Lapland War
3. Finnish author Jean Sibelius wrote more than two hundred novels
True
False
Sibelius is Finland's most famous composer
4. Beating yourself with a branch is normal in a Finnish sauna
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False
Rolling naked in the snow between sauna sessions is another tradition
5. Lapland is a fictional place based on Northern Finland
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False
Lapland is a real area of Northern Finland (and Sweden), though the real Santa Claus is rarely spotted there
6. The man with the highest number of sniper kills in any major war was Finnish
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False
Simo Häyhä is believed to have killed over 500 men of the Soviet Army during the Winter War of 1939-40
7. Finland has the most lakes of any country
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False
This is a myth created by different countries having different definitions of the size of a lake. By like to like comparison Canada has the most lakes
8. The average Finn consumes 12kg of coffee every year
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False
They vie with Luxembourg for the title of world's biggest coffee drinkers
9. Before making cell phones, Nokia made toilet paper
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False
10. Wild polar bears are found in Finland
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False
There are wild brown bears in Finland, but no wild polar bears
11. Finland has more Winter Olympic medals than Summer Olympic medals
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False
Most of their medals are for athletics and wrestling. In the Winter Olympics cross country skiing is Finland's best event by far
12. Wife-carrying is a Finnish sport
True
False
World championships have been held since 1997
13. The World Happiness Report ranked Finland #1 in 2020
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False
:o)
14. Finnish salted liquorice was originally given to children as punishment
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False
It was probably originally a cough medicine, until people developed a taste for it... somehow...
15. A Burger King in Helsinki has its own sauna
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False
Sounds like a whopper, but it's true
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Level 82
Jan 26, 2021
Finnish is about as closely related to Hungarian as English is to Russian. The languages belong to different branches of the Uralic language family.
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2021
Thanks for the correction. I've swapped out that question for a different one.
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Level 84
Jan 29, 2021
This one was tough, I got less than half correct. Lots of interesting facts, though!