Finland is a country of 180.000 lakes, vast forests and fairly small cities. It extends over a thousand kilometers from the beautiful archipelago and urban life of Helsinki on the south coast to the rugged fells and tundra in the very north of the country. This calendar is meant to give you a taste of Finland as a place to live and more importantly of the experience that the Rotary Youth Exchange students may have.

The Finnish society is very stable, Finland is one of the least corrupted countries in the world. The political parties have good relations and high respect for each other. Our defence forces are modern and controlled by the President and the Parliament. Finland has good relations with all her neighbouring countries and is an active member of the European Union.

Finland is also one of the leading countries in taking care of the environment – even though it is highly industrialized. The air and water pollution are constantly controlled by authorities. You can swim in most lakes and rivers. In northern Lapland the water in the creeks is often clean enough to be used as drinking water without boiling it. The food is fresh and the tap water drinkable.

  • POPULATION: 5,5 million

  • AREA: 338.432 km2

  • POPULATION DENSITY: 17,7 / km2

  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: Finnish and Swedish, official minority language Saame

  • MAIN RELIGIONS: Evangelic Lutheran church and Orthodox church

  • MAIN INDUSTRIES: wood, metal, telecommunications, electronics

  • KNOWN FOR: northern lights, nightless nights in the summer, Santa Claus, the Moomins, Nokia mobile phones, design, architecture and bands like HIM, Nightwish, Apocalyptica and The Rasmus among many others.


The Finnish Rotary Youth Exchange Program is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary youth activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians’ partners and any volunteers to safeguard to the best of their abilities the wellfare of all youth exchange students, both inbound and outbound, and to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people with whom they come into contact through Rotary.

Rotary International has a certification program with the target that all Rotary Districts involved in youth exchange must be certified to meet the requirements regarding the selection of students, host families and volunteers and regarding training, risk management and insurance. The Finnish Multidistrict (6 districts, 1380–1430) is certified.



Rotex is open to Rotary “Rebounds”, former Rotary Youth Exchange students.  Rotex is active in many local Youth Exchange activities and projects, but the two main objectives of Rotex are to help local “outbounds” (Future Rotary
Youth Exchange students) to prepare for their exchange abroad and also to help their local “inbounds” (foreign Rotary Exchange students) to get comfortable with their surroundings and life in Finland. Rotex serves as tutors also in
tours and camps organized by The Finnish Youth Exchange Program.



The Finnish health care is mostly based on public Health Centers and hospitals. The prices on health care are based on how many times you visit the doctor or how many days you stay in hospital. It does not depend on medicines or operations that are necessary for the treatment. The school health care is completely free. There is also a large, high quality private health care sector in Finland as an alternative.

Most important, in any case, is to have a good insurance policy. Finnish Rotary Youth Exchange Organization recommends a very affordable insurance policy developed for youth exchange students. It covers you also on the trips organized by the Youth Exchange Program.


Rotary Finland–Estonia, MD 1380–1430

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