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Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries, and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It gained complete independence in 1917. During World War II, Finland successfully defended its independence through cooperation with Germany and resisted subsequent invasions by the Soviet Union – albeit with some loss of territory. In the subsequent half century, Finland transformed from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy; per capita income is among the highest in Western Europe. A member of the EU since 1995, Finland was the only Nordic state to join the euro single currency at its initiation in January 1999. In the 21st century, the key features of Finland’s modern welfare state are high quality education, promotion of equality, and a national social welfare system – currently challenged by an aging population and the fluctuations of an export-driven economy.

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Finland Tourism Information…

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The Best of Finland…

Lakeland
Northern Finland
Southern Finland
West Coast

Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  

Åland Islands
Hameenlinna
Helsinki Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church
Senate Square
Sibelius Park & Monument
Uspenskin Cathedral
Jyväskylä
Kemi-Finish Lapland
Levi
Oulu
Porvoo
Lake Saimaa
Rovaniemi
Olavinlinna Castle & Savonlinna 
Tampere
Turku
Vaasa
 

 

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Finland Country Information…

Capital:

Helsinki

Largest City:

Helsinki

Government:

Republic

Currency:

Euro (€)

Area:

total:337,030km² ranked 64th water:10%

Climate:

Cold temperate; potentially subarctic but comparatively mild because of moderating influence of the North Atlantic Current, Baltic Sea, and more than 60,000 lakes

Population:

5,498,211 (July 2016 est.) ranked 118th

Language:

Finnish (official) 89%, Swedish (official) 5.3%, Russian 1.3%, other 4.4% (2014 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Finn 93.4%, Swede 5.6%, Russian 0.5%, Estonian 0.3%, Roma 0.1%, Sami 0.1% (2006)

Religion:

Lutheran 73.8%, Orthodox 1.1%, other or none 25.1% (2014 est.)

Electricity:

230V, 50Hz (European plug C, F,)

Telephone Code:

+358

Local Emergency Phone Number:

112

Internet TLD:

.fi

Time Zone:

EET (UTC+2) Summer EEDT (UTC+3) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road Driving Side:

Right

Anthem:

Maamme (Finnish) Vårt land (SwedishK Our Land

President:

Sauli Ninistö

Prime Minister:

Saunna Marin

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Holidays & Observances in Finland in 2020…

Date NameType
Jan 1WednesdayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
Jan 6MondayEpiphanyNational holiday
Feb 14FridayValentine’s DayObservance
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason
Apr 10FridayGood FridayNational holiday
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayObservance
Apr 13MondayEaster MondayNational holiday
May 1FridayMay DayNational holiday
May 10SundayMother’s DayObservance
May 21ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday
May 31SundayWhit SundayObservance
Jun 19FridayMidsummer EveDe facto holiday
Jun 21SundayJune SolsticeSeason
Jun 20SaturdayMidsummerNational holiday
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Oct 31SaturdayAll Saints’ DayNational holiday
Nov 8SundayFather’s DayObservance
Dec 6SundayIndependence DayNational holiday
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveDe facto holiday
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayNational holiday
Dec 26SaturdayBoxing DayNational holiday
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year’s EveObservance