Learn About Finland

More information about Finland:

This is Finland

  • Life and Society
  • Business and Innovation
  • Arts and Culture

Info Bank about Finland

  • Finnish society
  • Moving to Finland
  • Living in Finland

Local Finland

  • Finnish Society
  • Website of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

Visit Finland

  • Travel Info
  • What makes Finland special?
  • Seasons in Finland

Helsinki Times

  • Current news from Finland

EU Affairs and Finnish Government

Country name: Republic of Finland

Capital: Helsinki (pop. 620,000)
Independency declared: December 6, 1917
EU accession: January 1, 1995
Currency: Euro (€)
Time zone EET (UTC+2) - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Driving side: on the right
Internet TLD: .fi
Calling code: 358

People:

Population: 5.5 million (2015)
Cities by population: Helsinki (620,000), Espoo (270,000), Tampere (223,000), Vantaa (212,000)
Median age: 41.2 years (2015)
Life expectancy: 80.63 years (2015)
Religion: Lutheranism (75.2%), no affiliation (22.1%), Orthodoxy (1.1%), Islam (1.0%)
Languages spoken: Finnish (official) 89.3%, Swedish (official) 5.3%
Recognized regional languages: Sami
Urbanization: 84.2% of the total population (2015)

Government:

Political system: Parliamentary representative democratic republic with largely ceremonial President of Finland as the head of state.
Legislative branch: Unicameral parliament (Eduskunta) exercises supreme judicial authority. The 200 members are selected for four year terms by a popular vote.
Suffrage: Universal at 18 years of age.

Geography:

Area: 338,424 km2 (64th) / 130,596 sq mi.
Area comparative: slightly more than two times the size of Georgia.
Climate: Warm summers with freezing winters. Although Finland is one of the northernmost countries, the Gulf stream keeps the climate relatively mild.

Economy:

Overview: Highly industrialized, largely free-market economy.
GDP total (2015): $235.276 billion
GDP per capita (2015): $42,732

Other Essential Facts:

Lions: 6
Polar bears: 0
Penguins: 0
Public phones: 0
Mosquitos: 21,000 billion
Mosquitos per capita: ca. 4 800 000
Undisputed World champions in mosquito killing: Finland 6 - 0 World
Saunas: 3.2 million
Lakes: 187,888
Heavy metal bands: 53 per 100,000 people
Coffee consumption per capita: 27 lbs. per year 
Yearly increase in surface: 7 sq km (2.7 sq mi) due to rising soil.

Pregnant women receive a government-approved baby starter-kit!
Santa Claus is from Finland. No contest here.

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