Finland Destination Guide & Country Overview

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Updated: 2018-05-04.

Republic of Finland | Suomen Tasavalta (Finnish) | Republiken Finland (Swedish)

Finland is located in Northern Europe, between Sweden to its west and Russia to its east. It has a long maritime border, including the Gulf of Bothnia, Gulf of Finland, and the great Baltic Sea. It is often referred to as a Scandinavian country, though technically it is not on the Scandinavian Peninsula; to group it with its Nordic siblings, it is said to be part of the greater Fennoscandia (Fenno-Scandinavia) – the Fennoscandian Peninsula.

Finland has been a member of the European Union since 1995, and it was among the first to join the euro currency at its 1999 initiation. It is also a part of the borderless Schengen Zone.

On 20 March 2017, the United Nations declared their “International Day of Happiness” and released a related “World Happiness Report” rating countries from happiest to saddest. Finland came in at #5!

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