DAY09

Helsinki, Finland

Riga, Latvia

09:32

TRAVEL TIME

409 mi

DISTANCE

52 L

FUEL AMOUNT

Tuesday 6 October 2020

Finland, Estonia & Latvia

Day nine on the Road to 2021 served up the team's final sea crossing – their seventh and (hopefully) final one. They picked up from the day before in Helsinki, seeing a bit of the most northerly city on the trip, before heading across the Gulf of Finland by ferry to Tallinn in Estonia. Heading south through their 13th country, they crossed into Latvia and finally stopped for the night in the capital, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Riga.

 

Before leaving Helsinki, the team visited Fermion to conduct another company interview. There were other, less formal, interactions with passersby in the Estonian port of Tallinn but they had to press on as they needed to rack up the miles again. By the time they reached Riga, they had added another 409 to the running total.

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How would you compare healthcare in Finland to the rest of Europe?

Finland

Finland

POPULATION

5M

0.67% of Euro population

LIFE EXPECTANCY

81.7YRS

>4

Increase since 2000

HEALTH SYSTEM

Health expenditure per capita

3036

about €186 above the EU average

PRIMARY RISK
FACTORS

Smoking 14%

Obesity 20%

Obesity

LEADING CAUSE
OF DEATH

Heart Disease

47.8%

Decrease since 2000

FAMOUS FIGURES

Gunnar Nordström

Gunnar Nordström (1881-1923)

Often called "the Einstein of Finland," Nordström was a theoretical physicist best remembered for his theory of gravitation, which was an early competitor of general relativity.

Estonia

Estonia

POPULATION

1M

0.13% of Euro population

LIFE EXPECTANCY

78.4YRS

>7

Increase since 2000

HEALTH SYSTEM

Near Universal

Health expenditure per capita

1559

about €1291 below the EU average

PRIMARY RISK
FACTORS

Smoking 21%

Obesity 21%

Alcohol 23%

Alcohol

LEADING CAUSE
OF DEATH

Heart Disease

62.8%

Decrease since 2000

FAMOUS FIGURES

Friedrich Parrot

Friedrich Parrot (1791-1841)

A Baltic German naturalist, explorer, and mountaineer, Friedrich Parrot was a pioneer of Estonian and Russian scientific mountaineering and lead the first expedition to the summit of Mount Ararat in recorded history.

Latvia

Latvia

POPULATION

1M

0.13% of Euro population

LIFE EXPECTANCY

74.9YRS

>4

Increase since 2000

HEALTH SYSTEM

Universal

Health expenditure per capita

1213

about €1637 below the EU average

PRIMARY RISK
FACTORS

Smoking 25%

Obesity 21%

Smoking

LEADING CAUSE
OF DEATH

Heart Disease

31.6%

Decrease since 2000

FAMOUS FIGURES

Lina Stern

Lina Stern (1878-1968)

Best known for her pioneering work on the blood-brain barrier, Lina Stern’s medical discoveries saved thousands of lives on the battlefields of during WWII.