Finland is offering Brits a free summer holiday so they can learn how to be happy from the locals


ANYONE feeling stressed can head to Finland this summer for free thanks to a new “experiment”.

The “Rent a Finn” campaign is giving tourists the opportunity to learn to be happy with the locals.

 Brits can get back to basic with a free three day trip to Finland

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Brits can get back to basic with a free three day trip to Finland

Finland is often voted one of the happiest countries in the world, with a UN study last year finding it number one country for happiness.

The campaign hopes to encourage the successful applicants to live their best life by connecting to the Finnish way of living and nature.

For two to three nights, visitors can stay with a local host, who will show them some of the best Finnish activities, such as fishing, berry picking or an authentic Finnish sauna.

By getting back to basics, people can learn to switch off from their busy schedules.

 The country is regularly voted the happiest in the world

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The country is regularly voted the happiest in the world

Brits hoping to take advantage of the experiment are not able to apply just yet, with applications opening on March 18 and closing on April 14.

The successful applicants will be informed in April and May and the trips will take place this year between June and August.

Eight Finnish people will be paired up with eight different groups from abroad, which can be individuals or families/couples, for the visit to learn from each other.

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Senior Director of International Marketing at Business Finland Heli Jimenez said: “We want to ensure travellers can have an authentic Finnish experience, by showcasing our connection with nature with our dedicated happiness guides.”

In 2016, Finland launched a similar campaign called ‘FinRelax’ to encourage tourists to de-stress through their nature-inspired programmes.

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Ways to be happy like Scandinavian people include hygge, which is enjoying living in the moment, and lagom, living consciously.

While the Finnish concept of Sisu relates to being ‘gutsy’ and determined in life.

Brits who can’t head abroad but want to get back to nature can head to number of stunning UK locations such as the Scottish highlands and the Cornish coast.





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