Finland is a land of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the Midnight Sun and the winter darkness, urban and rural, East and West.

As you look out from the plane, the first impression you may have is that there are a lot of trees… an endless carpet of forest, with many lakes and small towns in between. It’s kind of a surprise when you land in Helsinki to find that the airport is so modern and efficient. Not a polar bear in sight.

It’s truly amazing how uniquely exotic each season can be. Four times a year, nature changes its uniform completely – colour, light, temperature, sounds and smells. Everything changes in a way that happens nowhere else.

The Finns are also considered to be cool – a bit quiet and reserved. However, they are actually warm, friendly, hospitable and especially honest people once you get to know them and we encourage you to do just that.


Believe it or not: there is a town named Nokia in Finland! The very roots of the famous Nokia Corporation lie on the Nokia River where the paper mill of Mr. Idestam started almost 140 years ago. He gave the company the name "Nokia" which was name of a manor nearby.

In 140 years the paper mill village has grown to a town of 32 000 inhabitants. Nokia is an industrial town: main branches are rubber (tires and footwear), paper, textile, flooring and metal. Both the location close to the regional city of Tampere and excellent road and air connections have given fine possibilities to the growth.

Not only jobs but the surrounding nature with lakes, rivers and country side attract inhabitants to Nokia. For most people coming to town, tourism means enjoying the variety of quality outdoor activities on offer. For boaters, Nokia is the centre of magnificent landscapes and routes. Cruises will take you across lake Pyhäjärvi to city of Tampere, to the historical town of Hämeenlinna or along Lake Kulovesi to the small town of Vammala.

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Myllyhaka School

Myllyhaka School is situated about 2 km north of Nokia centre. It is an elementary school, including grades 1 – 6. The school was designed by architect Osmo Lappo, and it was built in 1974. At that time it was a modern school with its open learning environments, and still serves well in its assignment. Since autumn 2010 parts of the school have been renovated yearly, and in summer 2012 it was the kitchen’s turn. The renovation will next continue in the classroom wings.

In autumn 2012 there are five classes in the first grade. They are situated in their own wing, in the renovated classrooms left behind by Lähdekorpi special school.

There are 355 pupils in Myllyhaka School, and the main aim is to give the pupils firm basic knowledge and skills.
The school has excellent sports facilities – a spacious gym, and splendid ski tracks starting right beside the school.
Co-operation between homes and the school has been effective for a long time. The school received special attention for arranging a “Home and School Day” 14.04.2012. The Parents Association of Finland made a presentation video of Myllyhaka School connected with the whole country’s theme day in autumn 2012.

The school is trying to pay more and more regard to the principles of sustainable development in teaching.

International education is part of our multicultural school. Toleration, respecting each other and good manners belong to our teaching, too. This is our third year in the KiVa School project against bullying.

Check out our Introduction video!