Dream homes: Five stylish properties for sale in Finland

Finland is known for its saunas, and for its claim on Santa Claus, but there is much more to it.

The country also has a rich architecture and design legacy, which makes Helsinki an interesting market for second home buyers, especially families.

“The quality of life is high and it’s a safe city with lots to offer,” says Soile Goodall,  an agent at Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty. “The quality of education is excellent and there are numerous international schools.”

Tom Venho, a realtor at by Habita LTD, says Finland is in a buyer’s market now. The country, he says, is  the size of Montana or New Mexico with about six million people, and there is more supply than demand.

“This is largely due to huge growth in new development after the recession,” he says. “There is a tendency to move to the few larger cities like the greater Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Jyväskylä and Oulu. So, the rest of the country keeps turning into a vacation land.”

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