Area: 338,000 sq.km (130,500 sq miles)
Population: 5,244,749 (2008)
Language: Finnish (93%) Swedish (6%) Lappish (1700 people) English is widely spoken.
Religion: Lutheran (86%) Orthodox (1%), Unaffiliated (12.3%)
Time Zone: GMT +4
Electricity: 220 volts AC 50Hz
Passport: Valid passports are required
Currency: Markka (FIM) = .25 Cad
Health: No special precautions.
Climate: Warm, dry, sunny summers with midnight sun; snowy dark winters.
International Dialing Code: 011-358+
Finland has land boundaries with Sweden (586 km) on the west; Norway (727 km) on the north; Russia (1269km) on the east. There is 4600 km of coastline. Of the total land area, 10% is water; 69% is forest; 8% is cultivated land; 13% is other, ie. rock, bog, etc. There are many lakes, 187,888, most containing islands, and 5100 rapids. Europe’s largest archipelago lies off Finland’s southwest coast.
Map of Finland