Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Finland
  • Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to 19th centuries, and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809
  • Finland joined the United Nations in 1955, the OECD in 1969, the EU in 1995, and was a founding member of the eruozone in 1999
  • The key features of Finland’s modern welfare state are a high standard of education, equality promotion, and national social security system- currently challenged by an aging population and the fluctuations of an export-driven economy
  • 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\
  • Ethnic Groups: Finn 93.4%, Russian 0.5%, Estonian 0.3% Roma (Gypsy) 0.1%, Sami 0.1%
  • Language: Finnish (official) 91.2%, Swedish (official) 5.5%
  • Religions: Lutheran Church of Finland 82.5%, Orthodox Church 1.1%
  • Population: 5.26 million
  • Finland is divided into 19 administrative regions
  • The capital of Finland
  • Literacy Rate: 100%
  • GPD per capita: $36,236
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Parliamentary Republic

  • President: Sauli Niinisto
  • Prime Minister: Jyrki Katainen
  • Speaker of the Parliament: Eero Heinaluoma


Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 79.41 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 8 deaths/100,00 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 3.4 deaths/1,000 live births
  • The population of Finland is aging with the birth rate at 10.42 births per 1,000 of population, or a fertility rate of 1.8
  • With a median age of 41.6 years, Finland is one of the oldest countries
  • Physicians Density: 2.735/1,000 population
  • Population with HIV/AIDS: 0.1%
  • Obesity rate: 15.7%
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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