Telling about Finland

This exercise is suitable for pupils in primary as well as secondary levels. It integrates geography, English and mathematics.

In this exercise an English speaking person asks questions about Finland. The pupil practices his English by telling about his home country, using a variety of maps.

Instructions for teacher

Translating the answers into English the pupil practices with Google Translator. The answers can be written on a work sheet or on a paper.

The task can be done by oneself or in pairs by asking questions from each other.

Background for pupils

You are sitting in a hotel lobby, waiting for your parents to arrive. While you play with your tablet, a nice couple enters the room and sits nearby. After saying hello, they create an interest in Finland and want to know more about your home country. You decide to use PaikkaOppi to help them to shape Finland properly.



  1. Go to and click in the map service.



2. Open the map as a guest.



3. Explore the map and use the measuring tools to answer questions.



Use for example these questions:

  • Which countries are neighboring Finland?
  • What are the names of the seas surrounding Finland?
  • Which are the coastal cities of Finland?
  • What is the distance between the most Southern and the most Northern city?
  • Where is the lake district of Finland?
  • What is the highest point of Finland called?
  • How long is your country?
  • What is the width of your country?
  • How big an area does Finland have?
  • What is the best activities in Finland in the summer?
  • What about in the winter?


More information about using map service.

Task developed by class teachers Heli Haarala and Minna Glogan, School Wäinö Aaltonen, Turku


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