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Finland. Sport in Finland. Finland. Year of EU entry:  1995 Capital city:  Helsinki Total area:  338 000 km² Population:  5.3 million

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  1. Finland Sport inFinland

  2. Finland Year of EU entry: 1995 Capital city: Helsinki Total area: 338 000 km² 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.

  3. 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-hockeyand Formula One. The most popular recreational sports and activities include floorball,nordic walking, runningand skiing.

  4. 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).

  5. Athletics and Ice Hockey • The sport of athleticshas 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.

  6. Athletics and Ice Hockey Tero Kristian Pitkämäkiis a Finnish javelin thrower and the former World Champion. Teemu Ilmari Selännenicknamed"The Finnish Flash" is a Finnishprofessional ice hockey winger.

  7. Motorsport Motorsport became popular in Finland in the 1950s with the birth of rallyingcompetitions. Currently the most popular form of motorsport is Formula One. F1 was popularized in Finland in the 1980s by Keke Rosberg, who in 1982became the first Finnish Formula One World Driver's champion. Today’s most famous Finnish driver in F1 is Kimi Räikkönen.

  8. Famous Finnish runners Hannes Kolehmainen Paavo Nurmi Lasse Virén

  9. Famous Finnish Women in Sport Eva Wahlströmis the most successful Finnish female boxer Tanja Poutiainen is a Finnish alpine ski racer

  10. Thank you for your attention!  By: Alexandra Buglyó

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