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Finland

Facts and stats about Finland

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Finland is one of the most developed countries in the world. It is situated in Europe with a population of around 5.5 million as of 2013. Most of the country’s populace resides in the southern part of the country where the climate is much warmer.

For several centuries, Finland was under the authority of the monarchy of Sweden. By the 19th century, Russia took over the control, but Finland acquired its independence from the former in the early 1900s. However, Swedish culture and influence is very apparent in the present Finnish schema. In fact, the Swedish language is one of two official languages of the country, the other being Finnish.

The country’s declaration of independence prompted a struggle between the ‘Reds’ and Rightists, supported by Soviet Russia and the German empire, respectively. The Rightists won, but their attempt to establish a monarchy was a failure.

Finland was the only nation able to resist and fend off the Red Army’s invasion after the war. However, the country did lose some of its territory.

Surprisingly, Finland progressed much later than the other developed European countries. Essentially, the country embraced an agrarian-based economy before and during the war. But, in the 1950s, a transition to a more industrial and service-oriented market was begun, which led to Finland’s becoming one of the world’s most advanced economies. Today, the country is ranked as the best country to live in by the Newsweek, based on criteria set by the IMF.

5.27 million

Population. Ranked 116th in 2013.

$46,178.59

GDP per capita. Ranked 13th in 2012.

Borders

Norway 727 km, Sweden 614 km, Russia 1,313 km
Largest city Helsinki - 515,765
Capital city Helsinki - 515,765
Major language Finnish, Swedish
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit euro
Prime minister Jyrki Katainen
Alternative names Suomen Tasavalta, Finland, Republic of Finland, Suomi
Groups Christian countries, Cold countries, Europe, European Union, Eurozone, High income OECD countries, Sparsely populated countries, World

Interesting observations about Finland

Finland ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Sparsely populated countries in 2013.
Finland ranked first for telecoms > mobile cellular subscriptions > per 100 people amongst European Union in 2012.
Finland ranked first for primary school starting age > years amongst Cold countries in 2012.
Finland ranked third for area > water amongst Europe in 2013.
Finland ranked first for logistics performance index: competence and quality of logistics services > 1=low to 5=high amongst Christian countries in 2012.
Finland ranked first for electric power consumption > KWh per capita amongst Eurozone in 2011.
Finland ranked 8th last for population amongst High income OECD countries in 2013.
Finland ranked second for radios per 1000 globally in 2003.
Finland has ranked in the top 2 for literacy > total population since 1980.

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Finland is one of the most developed countries in the world. It is situated in Europe with a population of around 5.5 million as of 2013. Most of the country’s populace resides in the southern part of the country where the climate is much warmer.

For several centuries, Finland was under the authority of the monarchy of Sweden. By the 19th century, Russia took over the control, but Finland acquired its independence from the former in the early 1900s. However, Swedish culture and influence is very apparent in the present Finnish schema. In fact, the Swedish language is one of two official languages of the country, the other being Finnish.

The country’s declaration of independence prompted a struggle between the ‘Reds’ and Rightists, supported by Soviet Russia and the German empire, respectively. The Rightists won, but their attempt to establish a monarchy was a failure.

Finland was the only nation able to resist and fend off the Red Army’s invasion after the war. However, the country did lose some of its territory.

Surprisingly, Finland progressed much later than the other developed European countries. Essentially, the country embraced an agrarian-based economy before and during the war. But, in the 1950s, a transition to a more industrial and service-oriented market was begun, which led to Finland’s becoming one of the world’s most advanced economies. Today, the country is ranked as the best country to live in by the Newsweek, based on criteria set by the IMF.

Posted on 06 Apr 2014

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