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Finland’s got the X Factor

Finland’s got the X Factor
Saara Aalto has quickly become one of Finland’s most famous exports. The runner-up in The X Factor has won the hearts of the British public throughout the 2016 series.
Saara returned to Finland with host Dermot O’Leary in the week leading up to the final to perform in front of over 10,000 people in Helsinki’s Senate Square.

Speaking about her home country which will celebrate the centenary of its independence in 2017, Saara said, “I am proud to come from Finland, we are such a small country, only 5 million people but we work really hard. We have this thing called sisu, which means stamina, we never give up.”

Saara also shared her tips for exploring Finland, “you should go to Lapland if its winter, the snow, the mountains, reindeer, Santa Claus, everything is there in Lapland, it’s a beautiful place, I love it. If you come in Summer we have a midsummer festival, which is a very beautiful festival which we spend with our families and the sun is shining throughout the night.”

Saara also revealed that one of things she has missed most during The X Factor has been salted liquorice, a popular delicacy in Finland.

“Finland has united behind Saara and is incredibly proud of everything she has achieved throughout the series,” said Eva Kiviranta, PR and Media Coordinator UK & US, Visit Finland.

Finland has been named one of the top countries in the world for travellers in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, the highly anticipated collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead. The country has also been recognised by National Geographic Traveller with Helsinki recently listed as number three in The Cool List 2017 of top 17 destinations.

Throughout 2017 there will be a whole host of festivities to celebrate the 100 years of independence including a new national park designated in Kainuu, Eastern Finland; the launch of a new Moomin Museum and four Nature Days throughout the year inviting people to discover the abundant landscape that encompasses the diverse countryside.

Finnair flies from London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin to Helsinki with fares starting from £117 return in Economy Class and £437 return in Business Class including all taxes and charges.

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