Finland - Research Article from Governments of the World

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Basic Facts

Finland is a presidential/parliamentary republic that is 337,115 square kilometers (130,160 square miles) in area, approximately the size of Montana, with its capital in Helsinki. The population is estimated at 5.2 million; the ethnic breakdown is as follows: Finns (93%), Swedes (6%), and small numbers of Saami (Lapps), Romani (gypsies), and Tatars. The overwhelming majority of Finland's citizens are Lutheran (89%). The gross national product (GNP) per capita is 26,800 euros. Both Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of the nation.

Historical Development

The origins of the Finnish people remain relatively obscure, but most agree that they arrived in Finland thousands of years ago from Siberia. Finns speak an Finno-Ugric language that is distantly related to Turkish and Mongolian and far removed from West European languages. The first written accounts of Finnish history recount a Swedish "crusade" in the 1150s to spread Christianity to the Finns and incorporate Finnish lands into the...

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