Essential Info for Finland
Population: Around 5.5 million
Capital city: Helsinki
Neighbouring countries: Finland is bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north and Russia to the east.
Geography: Finland's terrain is mostly flat, with almost 70 percent of the country covered in dense forest. In Lapland, to the north, are low mountains and further south lies the Åland archipelago. Eastern Finland is littered with thousands of lakes.
Political system: Unitary parliamentary republic
Major religions: Christianity
Main language: Finnish
Money: The currency used in Finland is the Euro (EUR), which can be divided into 100 cents. ATMs and card facilities are readily available throughout the country's urban centres.
Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 between March and October.)
Electricity: 230 V, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are used throughout the country.
Internet domain: .fi
International dialing code: +358
Emergency contacts: 112
Transport: Finns drive on the right-hand side of the road, and the country boasts an enthusiastic car culture. Major centres such as Helsinki have excellent public transport systems and inter-city trains are efficient and accessible.