Finland

Country Finland
Capital Helsinki
Continent Europe
Currency Euro(EUR)
Languages Finnish, Swedish & Sami

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Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries, and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It won its complete independence in 1917. During World War II, it was able to successfully defend its freedom and resist invasions by the Soviet Union - albeit with some loss of territory. In the subsequent half century, the Finns made a remarkable transformation from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy; per capita income is now among the highest in Western Europe. A member of the European Union since 1995, Finland was the only Nordic state to join the euro system at its initiation in January 1999. In the 21st century, the key features of Finland's modern welfare state are a high standard of education, equality promotion, and national social security system; currently challenged by an aging population and the fluctuations of an export-driven economy.

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A 100000-Year Tomb for Finland's Nuclear Waste - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

A 100000-Year Tomb for Finland's Nuclear Waste
Wall Street Journal
But building deep-rock storage bunkers isn't just a challenge for engineers and scientists. Finland also stands out in how it has managed the project's tricky politics, using financial incentives to frame the decision to host the site as a boon for ...

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Ukrainian President: Finland and Ukraine both face external threat - YLE News

YLE News

Ukrainian President: Finland and Ukraine both face external threat
YLE News
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Finland and Ukraine share a consensus based on common experiences, such as being faced with an external threat. Poroshenko held talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinist on the Ukraine conflict and the ...
Poroshenko expresses gratitude to President of Finland for support of Ukraine's territorial integrityUkrinform News
Ukrainian delegation headed by Poroshenko starts official visit to FinlandInterfax

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War In Europe: Finland Wants Putin And Trump To Meet Amid Various Allegations Over Russian Misconduct - International Business Times

International Business Times

War In Europe: Finland Wants Putin And Trump To Meet Amid Various Allegations Over Russian Misconduct
International Business Times
With questions swirling about the United States' relationship with Russia, Finland has offered to organize the first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin is ready to meet Trump, said Kremlin ...



Finland celebrates 100 years of independence with concert - insideTORONTO.com

Finland celebrates 100 years of independence with concert
insideTORONTO.com
One-hundred years of Finnish independence will be celebrated with centennial concert Sounds of Finland on Sunday, Feb. 5. The concert will take to the stage at George Weston Recital Hall at Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., at 3 p.m.. In ...



Norway wants to give Finland a mountain for its birthday in 'unprecedented show of kindness between countries' - The Independent

The Independent

Norway wants to give Finland a mountain for its birthday in 'unprecedented show of kindness between countries'
The Independent
While Russia is busy increasing its land mass through annexation and President Trump plots building walls to protect America's, Norway is trying to actually give away some of its territory. For a while now, plans have been building to gift Finland a ...



The Latest: Finland PM makes strong appeal for aid for Syria - Joplin Globe

Joplin Globe

The Latest: Finland PM makes strong appeal for aid for Syria
Joplin Globe
U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gestures as he arrives to attend the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan's capital is the latest in a long line of diplomatic ...

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Cold sweat: Taking a hot dip into Finland's sauna culture - The ... - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Cold sweat: Taking a hot dip into Finland's sauna culture - The ...
The Globe and Mail
Finland's saunas offer travellers a chance to strip down and see the locals in their most comfortable and sometimes most chatty setting. Harri Tarvainen/Visit ...

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Finland among world's five most innovative economies, reports Bloomberg - Helsinki Times

Helsinki Times

Finland among world's five most innovative economies, reports Bloomberg
Helsinki Times
Finland cracked into the top five of the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index, a ranking of the 50 most innovative economies in the world published by Bloomberg. The country climbed two spots to fifth in the annual index with its total score of 83.26 no ...



Finland's biggest food star opens in Bondi - Good Food

Good Food

Finland's biggest food star opens in Bondi
Good Food
The launch of Blanca Bar & Dining won't get the TV coverage it might have if it had opened back in Tomi Bjorck's homeland, but this week the Finnish food star will quietly swing open the doors at his new Bondi restaurant. In Finland, Bjorck is like ...



The Latest: US welcomes attempt to reduce violence in Syria - SFGate

SFGate

The Latest: US welcomes attempt to reduce violence in Syria
SFGate
Stephen O'Brien, the head of the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, said at a Syria aid meeting in Finland that the U.N. is seeking "on the order" of $3.4 billion this year for an estimated 13.5 million internally displaced people. O ...

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