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It's not enough for a doctoral thesis on Finland, but on this page you will find enough information to impress your friends.

People

  • population: 5.5 million, population density 18.2 inhabitants / square km
  • Life expectancy: Men 79 years, women 84 years
  • languages: The official languages ​​are Finnish (87.3%) and Swedish (5.2%). Sámi is a native language of 2,000 people. They are members of the Sami indigenous population of northern Lapland.
  • religion: Christianity; 68.7% of the population are Evangelical Lutheran and around 1.1% Russian Orthodox. In fact, Finnish society is largely secularized.

State & Government

  • independence: declared December 6, 1917; Before that, it was a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire for 108 years and part of Sweden even earlier for 600 years
  • Form of government: Republic, parliamentary democracy
  • houses of Parliament: Unicameral parliament with 200 members who are elected by direct election every four years (the next election in 2023)
  • cabinet: Coalition government. The current head of government is Sanna Marin.
  • President: The current head of state is Sauli Niinistö, who was re-elected in 2012 and 2018.
  • International cooperation: Member of the United Nations since 1955 and of the European Union since 1995

Society & Economy

  • Key Features: High level of education and social security and health care at a high level; everything financed by the state
  • GDP per capita: 43,485 euros (2019)
  • Main export: Electronics, metal products, machinery, automotive parts, wood and paper products, chemicals
  • Main import: Raw materials, capital goods, energy, consumer goods (e.g. cars and textiles)
  • Currency unit: Euro

Geography & Climate

  • surface: 338,440 km², fifth largest country in Western Europe
  • Length from north to south: 1.157 km
  • East to West latitude: 542 km
  • Capital: Helsinki (1.5 million inhabitants in their catchment area)
  • climate: Strongly diverging; cold winters and fairly warm summers (2019 extreme temperatures: coldest day in Utsjoki -39.1 C, warmest day in Porvoo 33.7 C)

Sources: Finnish Statistical Office, National Customs Service, Population Register Office, Lapland Provincial State Authority, Localfinland.fi

Updated April 2020

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