Below you can find a complete list of Finnish animals. We currently track 166 animals in Finland and are adding more every day!
Finland is a Nordic country with long, cold winters and short, rainy summers. Its border with Russia makes it one of the coldest countries in its region. Finnish animals like the arctic fox, gray seal, brown bear, snowy owl, wolverine, and European otter adapt well to this cold climate. Reindeer are the most famous animals native to this country.
National Animal of Finland
The Eurasian brown bear is the national animal of this country. Ancient Finns considered brown bears sacred, and bears are still an important cultural icon.
The whooper swan is the national bird of Finland. Weighing in at 26 to 31 pounds, it is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world.
Where To Find The Top Wildlife in Finland
There are many opportunities to see Finnish animals. There are 40 national parks, and all are free to enter and open year-round. These include Nuuksio National Park, Oulanka National Park, and Lemmenjoki National Park.
You can see lynx, great gray wolves, bears, Siberian jays, ermines, minks, and otters in all these wild areas.
Many reindeer farmers offer tours and reindeer rides. These are especially popular during the Christmas season.
The Most Dangerous Animals In this country
The most dangerous animals in Finland are moose, which kill about 100 people in Finland each year. Although moose are not aggressive, they can be dangerous when provoked or protecting their young.
Endangered and Extinct Animals from Finland
Finnish forest reindeer is a rare and threatened subspecies of reindeer. The Finnish and Russian governments are working to restore their populations.
The Saimaa ringed seal is found only in Finland’s Lake Saima. This endangered seal is the rarest species of seal in the world.
The North Atlantic right whale and North Atlantic gray whale are extinct animals from Finland.
Finland’s rugged climate has created a unique ecosystem of animals that thrive in the cold. You can see many Finnish animals in Finland’s forests and national parks.
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Extremely thick winter fur!
They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food
Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!
Has a curved, upturned beak!
Can reach speeds of 30 km/h!
Found everywhere around the world!
Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.
Detects prey using echolocation!
Builds a dam from sticks and leaves!
There are more than 350,000 different species
Not all birds are able to fly!
They typically prey on insects!
A dominant predator in it's environment!
The most common species of bee!
There are thought to be up 20,000 species!
The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.
Males and females grow antlers
Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!
First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!
The larvae of a moth or butterfly!
There are nearly 3,000 different species!
There are about 3,000 documented species!
Natively found in the European mountains!
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
The most common raptor in the UK!
Found throughout the European continent!
House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.
Also known as the Great Northern Diver
A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.
Most active in wet weather!
There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!
There are 93 different crab groups
Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings
Many are critically endangered species!
There are around 40 different species!
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!
It's larvae are carnivorous!
Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!
The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight
Has exceptional eyesight!
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Are known to guard the muddy banks!
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
A very bold and ferocious predator!
The fastest creatures on the planet!
The fallow deer has more variation in its coat colors than most other deer.
False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders
Ferrets can be trained to do tricks like dogs!
Found across mainland Europe and Asia!
There are more than 240,000 different species!
Can glide up to 90 meters!
There are 12 different species in the world!
There are around 7,000 different species!
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
Most closely related to the Sheep!
Migrates between Europe and Asia!
There are 29 different species!
There are 11,000 known species!
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!
Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
Natively found in the Scottish Highlands!
There are only 8 recognized species!
Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.
Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!
Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.
There are an estimated 30 million species!
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
This breed is also known as the Lapp Reindeer Dog and the Lapsk Vallhund.
Does not hibernate during the bitter Arctic winter!
There are around 5,000 different species!
Have sharp spines below their eyes
Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.
Ear tufts make it look bigger!
They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.
Some species have a poisonous bite!
Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
Renews it's enormous antlers every year!
There are 250,000 different species!
Found on every continent on Earth!
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!
Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!
Named more than 1,000 years ago!
There are more than 5,000 species.
Females are about four times the size of males
There are 13 different species worldwide
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!
They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.
Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas
Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!
A pine marten can jump from tree to tree similar to a squirrel.
Could be extinct within the next 30 years!
There are 500 different species!
The rarest amphibian in the UK!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
Surprisingly, not a dolphin!
Can remain in the water for up to 2 minutes!
Inhabits deciduous forests!
Caterpillars squirt formic acid!
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
There are more than 50 different species!
Known to wash their food before eating it!
The only hibernating canine!
Omnivores that eat anything!
Also known as the Caribou
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!
The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.
There are more than 700 different species!
Males turn green in spring!
There are around 2,000 known species!
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.
Found widely throughout British gardens!
They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 3,000 known species worldwide
One of the largest owl species in the world!
They spend most of their time underground!
There are 140 different species!
They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 3,000 different species!
Average adults weigh about 200 grams!
Populations have been affected by pollution!
The most widespread owl in Europe!
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.
The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world
The bright colors of this moth are a signal to predators that it has a terrible taste.
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.
There are 30 different species worldwide!
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
Has been domesticated for thousands of years!
The largest Vole species in the UK!
The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!
Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!
This bird molts twice a year.
Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!
Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.
Releases a strong smelling musk in defence!
This animal can roll up into a ball
Unlike most spiders, woodlouse spiders don’t build a web.
There are 200 different species!
Finnish Animals List