The happiest country in the world welcomes you to discover its breathtaking nature and the happiness-inducing lifestyle of the Nordics. Boasting four distinct seasons and landscapes ranging from the world’s biggest archipelago to the mindful calm of Lapland and vibrant capital Helsinki – Finland truly is the gem of the North. A gem that is for everyone.
"Not only is Finland a safe travel destination, but also an extremely beautiful one. The peace, calm, and vastness of nature are unparalleled. From Helsinki, the capital of Finland, it only takes an hour to the middle of a national park", says Hannu Medina, Founder of We Speak Gay and Gay Travel Finland, blogger and expert on LGBTQIA+ travel.
According to the 2021 Williams Institute report, which surveyed people from across 175 countries, owing to its progressive outlook and policies that protect the LGBTQIA+ community against discrimination, Finland is a very minority-aware country. In fact, Finland is one of the safest and most LGBTQIA+-friendly countries in the world.
"Finland belongs to the leading nations in the world when it comes to legislation that protects LGBTQIA+ rights. The recently passed law that defends the rights of transgender people, lifts Finland into a small group of merely 20 countries that have passed such a law. This is progression in its prime," Medina continues.
Medina leads We Speak Gay, a service and community for companies and events willing to commit to creating safer spaces for everyone to feel included, valued, and respected. A resident of Helsinki, Medina himself is looking forward to an exciting summer in the city.
"Yet, while Finland is often seen as an oasis for peace and calm, it does also turn up. The number of gay bars is internationally on the decline in most big cities, but not in Helsinki. Our numbers are going up, and we are in fact getting the largest gay club, DTM, in Finland in the Meatpacking District in Helsinki this summer," Medina sums up.