Tourist Travel Information about Finland
Finland (Suomi) is a Nordic country, located in the Fennoscandian region in Northern Europe, which also includes Norway and Sweden. Finland borders with Russia to the east, Norway to the north, and Sweden to the west.
With an area of 338,424 sq. Km (130,596 sq. miles), Finland is a little smaller than Montana and the most sparsely populated country in the EU, with only 18 inhabitants per km². Around 5.4 million people reside in the country, with the majority concentrated in the South. Finland is the sixth-largest country in western Europe (behind France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and Germany.)
The capital and largest city in Finland is Helsinki, located in the very south of the country, with a population of almost 600,000.
The official state languages are Finnish and Swedish, and Sami is a recognized regional language.
Despite rising sea levels, Finland’s geographic elevation is actually rising relative to the ocean. Every year, Finland increases in surface area by about 7 sq km (2.7 sq mi) per year because it is rebounding from the weight of ice-age glaciers and rising out of the sea.