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Country (long form) Republic of Finland
Capital Helsinki
Total Area 130,128.01 sq mi
337,030.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than Montana)
Population 5,175,783 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 4,723,316
Languages Finnish 93.4% (official), Swedish 5.9% (official), small Lapp- and Russian-speaking minorities
Literacy 100% total, 100.0% male, 100.0% female (1980 est.)
Religions Evangelical Lutheran 89%, Greek Orthodox 1%, none 9%, other 1%
Life Expectancy 73.92 male, 81.36 female (2001 est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 euro (EUR) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita) $22,900 (2000 est.)
Industry metal products, shipbuilding, pulp and paper, copper refining, foodstuffs, chemicals, textiles, clothing
Agriculture cereals, sugar beets, potatoes; dairy cattle; fish
Arable Land 8%
Natural Resources timber, copper, zinc, iron ore, silver
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Finland, or Republic of Finland, a country of northern Europe. It is crossed in the north by the Arctic Circle and is one of the most northerly nations in the world.

History of Finland

Ancestors of the modern Finns migrated from the Volga basin to the Baltic coast region sometime during the first millennium B.C.