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Finland: The Land of Purest Waters

Finland was majorly under Swedish rule from 12 th to 19 th century and during its invasion Finland enjoyed substantial freedom. It acquired its political and economic sophistication during this era, which also led to enhancement of commerce. In the year 1809, it was annexed by the Russians despite facing considerable resistance from the Finnish people. It gained complete independence in the year 1917 around which Russian revolution took place. Now at present, Finland has one of the strongest economies in Europe evolving greatly from farm economy to diversification in industrial enterprises.

Finland fast-facts:

  • National Name: Republic of Finland
  • Capital: Helsinki
  • Total area : 338,145 sq km (130,559 sq miles)
  • Population: 5.3 million (UN, 2007)
  • Currency : Euro (formerly markka)
  • Languages: Finnish 91.5% (official), Swedish 5.5% (official), other 3% (small Sami- and Russian-speaking minorities) (2006)
  • Ethnicity/ Races: Finn 93.4%, Swede 5.6%, Russian 0.5%, Estonian 0.3%, Roma (Gypsy) 0.1%, Sami 0.1% (2006)
  • Religions: Lutheran Church of Finland 82.5%, Orthodox Church 1.1%, other Christian 1.1%, other 0.1%, none 15.1% (2006)
  • GDP (Per Capita): $36,000 (2007 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: 76 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)
  • Literacy Rate: 100% (2000 est.)

Finland Geography, Climate and Economy:

The topography of Finland includes mostly flat and low terrain along with marshlands due to its rivers and lakes. Besides this, there is a chain of low hills along with the lakes. Though area wise its expansive, the major land areas are not inhabited due to a large forest area covering around 80% of the territory. The lowest point of the territory is Baltic Sea at 0m and the highest one is at Haltiatunturi at an altitude of 1,328m.

The climate of Finland comprises fairly warm summers and cold winters. Major parts of the country remain snow covered along with the freezing of the lake waters when the temperature falls even below the freezing point. The winters are relatively damp and extremely cold falling even below ?3 degree Celsius.

Finland's economy is largely diversified and one of the strongest amongst other European nations. It also has an access to the global market and it trades with other countries like Germany, Russia, US, Sweden and UK. Its key manufacturing sector includes wood, metals, electronics and others. While its Natural resources include iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, limestone, chromite and nickel.

Culture and Cuisine of Finland:

Finland has a plethora of cultural influences not only from its past history of invaders but also because of its strategic location nearby the Baltic and German states. It offers a whole amalgam of glorious tradition and modern ethics including the heritage of egalitarianism. Besides this, the Finnish people have a great love for music, art and dance. The operas, belly dances, folk music along with modern song tracks of pop and jazz and a famous literature content comprises the unique Finnish culture.

A typical Finnish cuisine includes a range of wholemeal products such as rye, barley, oats and berries. However, a traditional meal comprises of fish and meat, which forms an integral part of the indigenous cuisine. The influences of Swedish and Russian culture can be clearly depicted through their cuisines. Some of the popular dishes are Graavilohi, Kaalikaaryleet, Karjalanpiirakat and many others.

Tourist Attractions in Finland:

Finland's scenic beauty enthralls the beholder. One can feast the eyes on its panoramic Lakeland scenery visible from the Puijo Tower and can take over the sightseeing tour. Likewise, its capital city Helsinki presents a blend of modernity and tradition in terms of its architecturally built structures along with various entertainment sources like museums, spas and theatres. Finland's largest lake is Lake Pielinen, which is incorporated by beautiful sandy beaches and barren shores.

Some other Tourist Sites are :

  • Arctic Highway to Sodankylä
  • Hämeenlinna; Tavastehus
  • Helsinki / Helsingfors
  • Ilosaari - Northern Karelia Museum
  • Jyväskylä - Alvar Aalto Museum
  • Kalajoki - Sandy Beaches
  • Kuopio
  • Lahti - Winter Sports
  • Lake Inari - Surrounding Area
  • Lake Saimaa
  • Lappeenranta - Community Center by Alvar Aalto
  • Lemmenjoki National Park

UAE, Finland discuss cooperation

May 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Abu Dhabi, May 2 (IANS/WAM) The UAE and Finland have discussed ways to boost cooperation, particularly at international forums.

Roy Hodgson to take over as England soccer manager

May 2, 2012 at 1:38 AM

London, May 2 (IANS) Roy Hodgson is the new England manager, the Football Association (FA) announced Tuesday.

Hodgson set to be named as England football manager

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

London, April 30 (IANS) Roy Hodgson is set to be named the head coach of England after it was revealed the West Brom manager is in talks with the Football Association (FA).

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Loeb wins Argentina rally title

April 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Buenos Aires, April 30 (IANS) Citroen's French racer Sebastien Loeb won the Rally Argentina for the seventh time, coming in 15.2 seconds ahead of teammate Mikko Hirvonen of Finland in the fifth stop of the 2012 World Rally Championship.

'One MP per 27,000 people in Finland'

April 25, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) There is one parliamentarian per 27,000 people in Finland which enables an MP to know a majority of his voters, speaker of the European country's parliament Eero Olavi Heinaluoma said here Wednesday.

Chen Jin on course for Olympic berth

April 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Qingdao (China), April 19 (IANS) Chinese shuttler Chen Jin still needs a good run to confirm his ticket to the London Olympic Games as he and Danish veteran Peter Gade both entered top eight in the men's singles at the Badminton Asia and European Championships here Thursday.

Asian badminton: Ajay Jayaram goes down fighting

April 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Qingdao (China), April 18 (IANS) India's top shuttler Ajay Jayaram went down fighting to Wei Nan of Hong Kong over three games in the second round of the men's singles event in the Asian badminton championships here Wednesday. He lost 22-24, 21-11, 15-21.

Russian n-reactor designer held for fraud

April 18, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The chief of Russian nuclear reactor design bureau Gidropress, a subsidiary of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, has been detained on suspicion of an 18-million-ruble ($600,000) fraud.

Finn man commits suicide in Delhi

April 15, 2012 at 6:59 PM

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) A 27-year-old mentally unstable Finn committed suicide Sunday by jumping off the sixth floor of a car parking facility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, police said.

Search for Sun's sibling may help find cousins of Earth life

April 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Washington, Apr 10 (ANI): Astronomers have now focussed their search on not just any life out there in the universe but our distant relatives.

34 percent jump in visas on arrival Jan-March

April 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) The visas on arrival issued to foreign tourists from 11 countries saw a jump of 34 percent during January-March this year compared to the same period in 2011, officials said Tuesday.

Strike at Nokia Siemens Networks India

April 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Chennai, April 9 (IANS) Permanent workers of telecom equipment maker Nokia Siemens Networks India staged a sit-in strike Monday protesting against over 50 workers being barred from entering the factory and an enquiry being launched against them, a top official of the worker's union said.

Gallup poll declares Denmark happiest nation in the world, Togo unhappiest

April 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Los Angeles (US), Apr.3 (ANI): Scandinavian countries Denmark, Finland and Norway have been declared the three happiest nations in the world during the last six years (2005 to 2011), according to a Gallup poll.

Testing time for Sushil's new technique: Coach

April 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Top Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar's coach Yashvir Singh feels it is still too early ring alarm bells over the grappler's form and hoped the 2008 Beijing Games bronze medallist's newly adopted technique will come good in the remaining two qualifying events for the London Olympics.

Swine flu shot may increase sleeping disorder

March 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Children administered with vaccine for the pandemic H1N1 swine flu shot were 13 times more susceptible to develop narcolepsy with symptoms like excessive sleepiness - even in the day.

'India faces 50 percent nursing shortage'

March 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Bangalore, March 29 (IANS) The fledgling health sector in India is facing a 50 percent shortage of nursing staff due to demand outstripping supply and many female nurses preferring to work overseas for higher compensation, a senior health official said Thursday.

Angry Birds Space crosses 10 million downloads within a week

March 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

The latest version of the Angry Birds game, 'Angry Birds Space', has reached up to ten million download after it was launched just at the end of last week.

New Zealand apologises to Finland over remark

March 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Wellington, March 27 (IANS) The Finnish government has accepted an apology from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key over derogatory comments made about Finland by a senior New Zealand cabinet member.

Living alone leads to depression

March 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

London, March 23 (IANS) Living alone may double the risk of depression, a study has found.

Apple has sold 3 million iPads since Friday

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): Tech giant Apple has announced that it has sold a whopping three million new iPad units since its sale began Friday.

Soon, mobile phones to project images and movies on wall

February 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): Mobile phones presently available in the market can help users view high quality images and video, but the phones' small size sets insurmountable limits on screen size, and thus the viewing experience.

Soon, mobile phones to project images and movies on wall

February 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): Mobile phones presently available in the market can help users view high quality images and video, but the phones' small size sets insurmountable limits on screen size, and thus the viewing experience.

New mutation behind breast cancer identified

February 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a new gene that may increase the risk of breast cancer.

New mutation behind breast cancer identified

February 23, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a new gene that may increase the risk of breast cancer.

Finnish First Gentleman caught staring at Princess Mary's cleavage

February 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Melbourne, Feb 18 (ANI): Princess Mary of Denmark caught the Finnish president's husband - called the First Gentleman - staring down her dress at a state dinner.

Finnish First Gentleman caught staring at Princess Mary's cleavage

February 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Melbourne, Feb 18 (ANI): Princess Mary of Denmark caught the Finnish president's husband - called the First Gentleman - staring down her dress at a state dinner.

Breast-fed babies less likely to become angry and irritable adults

February 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

London, Feb 11 (ANI): Infants who were fed milk directly from their mothers in the first six months of their life are less likely to grow up angry and irritable compared to their bottle-fed counterparts, a new study has revealed.

Nokia to cut 4000 jobs as smartphones manufacturing moves to Asia

February 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

London, Feb 9 (ANI): One of the world's largest mobile phone makers, Nokia, is planning to cut 4000 factory jobs in Europe as it shifts the assembly of smartphones to Asia.

Nokia to cut 4000 jobs as smartphones manufacturing moves to Asia

February 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

London, Feb 9 (ANI): One of the world's largest mobile phone makers, Nokia, is planning to cut 4000 factory jobs in Europe as it shifts the assembly of smartphones to Asia.

Angry Birds' boss says 'piracy attracts more business'

January 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

London, Jan 31 (ANI): The chief executive of the entertainment media company behind mobile gaming phenomenon, Angry Birds, has said that piracy helps companies attract more business.

India among nations least able to defend themselves against cyber-attacks: Survey

January 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Washington, Jan 31(ANI): India, alongwith Brazil, Romania and Mexico are among the nations least able to defend themselves against emerging cyber attacks, a new survey has revealed.

Angry Birds' boss says 'piracy attracts more business'

January 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM

London, Jan 31 (ANI): The chief executive of the entertainment media company behind mobile gaming phenomenon, Angry Birds, has said that piracy helps companies attract more business.

India among nations least able to defend themselves against cyber-attacks: Survey

January 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Washington, Jan 31(ANI): India, alongwith Brazil, Romania and Mexico are among the nations least able to defend themselves against emerging cyber attacks, a new survey has revealed.

Biomarkers for cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes identified

January 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Washington, Jan 30 (ANI): Researchers have identified thirty one regions of the genome that were associated with levels of circulating metabolites, i.e., small molecules that take part in various chemical reactions of the human body.

Biomarkers for cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes identified

January 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Washington, Jan 30 (ANI): Researchers have identified thirty one regions of the genome that were associated with levels of circulating metabolites, i.e., small molecules that take part in various chemical reactions of the human body.

High heels may cause permanent damage to leg muscles

January 27, 2012 at 9:18 PM

London, Jan 27 (ANI): Wearing high heels regularly may change the way a woman walks, even after they take them off, say researchers.

High heels may cause permanent damage to leg muscles

January 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

London, Jan 27 (ANI): Wearing high heels regularly may change the way a woman walks, even after they take them off, say researchers.

US falls 27 places in Press Freedom Index, ranks 47th: Media assessment report

January 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Washington, Jan 26(ANI): Paris based press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders has presented a new assessment report on global media freedom during 2011, and interestingly, the US has fallen 27 places to rank 47th in the latest Press Freedom Index.

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