The next thing that strikes a visitor, especially from the more crowded parts of Europe, is the lack of traffic in Finland. Here even a word “traffic” is a misnomer when applied to the vehicles on Finnish roads. At certain hours of the day in Finnish towns, you really have to play a game of spot the car because, normally, the roads are very quiet. Generally speaking, Finnish families only have one car and children make their own way to school; so there are no school runs and rush hours as in Britain, for example. Junctions will normally clear in one turn of the traffic lights.