February 20, 2010


Area 338,424 km2, Around 5.4 million people reside in Finland, with the majority concentrated in the southern part of the country.
The native language of nearly all of the population is Finnish, which is part of the Finno-Ugric language family and is most closely related to Estonian. The language is one of only four official EU languages not of Indo-European origin.

Finland is well placed in many international comparisons of national performance such as the share of high-technology manufacturing and health care.

Finland is a country of thousands of lakes and islands – 187,888 lakes (larger than 500 m²) and 179,584 islands.

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