Facts about Finland


Finland (Suomi), is a country noted for its lakes and forests, and in the north, in Lapland, its icy expanses. It is a highly developed country attracting over four million tourists annually.


LOCATION: Eastern Scandinavia

BORDERED BY: Sweden, Norway and Russia.

CAPITAL: Helsinki (pop. 600,000)


POPULATION of COUNTRY: 5.374 million (112th in the world)

AREA: 338,424 square kilometres (64th largest country - about the size of Vietnam)

POPULATION DENSITY: 16 per square kilometre (201st in the world)

INDEPENDENCE: January 4th 1918 INDEPENDENCE DAY: December 6th 

CURRENCY: Euro. Currently about 1.35 euros to the Australian dollar.

CLIMATE: Warm summers and freezing winters.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: Finnish and Swedish, English is spoken by 63 percent. 

RELIGION: Christian (Protestant) 

TIME ZONE: Eastern European Time. (GMT + 2 )

PHONE PREFIX: 358     DRIVES ON: the right.

FLAG: Dark blue offset cross on white background.

CUISINE: basic dishes feature seafood, meat, root vegetables and grains, especially rye.


BOOKS: Moomintroll books, by Tove Jansson


  • There are approximately 60,000 lakes in Finland, covering approximately 10 per cent of the country.
  • Finland recycles 90 percent of its container waste,
  • Finnish belongs to the Finno-Ugrik language family and is related to Hungarian and Estonian.
  • Cinderella is known as Tuhkimo in Finland.
  • The most eastern part of the western world is located in Ilomantsi, Finland.
  • Kerimski Church in Finland is world's biggest church made of wood.
  • The Helsinki Olympic Games in 1952 holds the record for the one where the most number of world records were broken.
  • Turku is one of the two European Capitals of Culture in 2011. The other is Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Turku was Finland's capital until 1812.

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