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Geography of Finland

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Map of Finland – click to enlarge
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Satellite image
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The geography of Finland is characterized by its northern position, its ubiquitous landscapes of intermingled boreal forests and lakes and its low population density. Finland can be divided into three areas: archipelagoes and coastal lowlands, a slightly higher central lake plateau and uplands to north and northeast. Bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, as well as Sweden, Norway, and Russia, Finland is the northernmost country in the European Union. Most of the population and agricultural resources are concentrated in the south. Northern and eastern Finland are sparsely populated containing vast wilderness areas. Taiga forest is the dominant vegetation type.

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Ahh Finland... Oh, uh... Let's talk about this place that I totally have no preconceived biases towards... It's time to learn Geography NOW! Hey everybody, I'm your host Barby Welcome to the dark sheep of Northern Europe All the other Nordic countries are like: -La la la la la la! while Finland is like: -*growling sound* We'll get into the heavy metal thing in a bit ...but first! Now just remember: Finland is Nordic, but DON'T call it Scandinavian! There's a huge difference! That title only belongs to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. First of all Finland is located in Northern Europe, lying on the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf of Bothnia, east of all that Scandinavian stuff To the west, they border Sweden on the Torne river or the 'Tornionjoki' until it reaches the tripoint border with Norway at the Three-Country Cairn Stone. And to the east, they border big old Russia with another tripoint border with Norway that looks like this. The country is divided into 19 regions, or maakunta with the autonomous region that we'll talk about a little bit later and the capital of Helsinki, located in the south on the Gulf of Finland which is also the second most northern capital in the world after Reykjavík, Iceland. The country also owns about 180,000 islands, the highest concentration of which found in the Baltic off the coast in the Åland Archipelago. Keep in mind, parts of Finland also lie within the Arctic Circle, that's how far up north they are. And the three busiest airports are Helsinki, Oulu, and Rovaniemi Now my favourite part: territorial anomalies! First of all, with Russia, there are too many split islands and pene-enclaves the islands of Äikkääniemi and Suursaari, Tarassiinsaari islands and lakes, the island in the Koitajoki river Seriously, just play around with Google Earth, and see how many you can find. Finally, we get to Sweden, and things get interesting. Most of the borders with Sweden run along rivers that eventually flow into the Torne river then we get a strange golf course that is split between the two countries in the town of Tornio and Sweden. Not only that, but then you have the strange Märket island right next to Åland in the Gulf of Bothnia which has an inverted S-shaped border. It had to do with the lighthouse that was built belonging to Finland but then Sweden was like, 'Hey! It's too close to our side of the island!' So they drew a border that was like this to give each side equal shares of the land. See this archipelago cluster of islands right here? Yeah, it belongs to Finland, even though most of the people here speak Swedish. Åland is Finland's strange little administrative anomaly Long story short, it used to belong to Sweden, but then the Russians took over it, in addition to Finland but then after the Russian Revolution, Finland became free and then the UN decided Åland should belong to Finland with autonomy but then the Soviets started attacking again, and then Finland was like, 'NOPE' and then fought back relentlessly, defending themselves and Åland and Sweden just kinda sat there, and didn't really do much for Åland, as they decided to stay neutral. Finland defending Åland was kinda like the turning point Now it's kinda like: 'Åland! Come back to me!' 'Look, Sweden, we had some great times, but you kinda really didn't do much for me when things got crazy.' 'I mean, Finland defended me, okay? And he treats me well, okay?' 'His tax incentives are great!' 'It's time to move on...' 'It's not me... it's you.' *sobbing* 'Åland!' Also, Finland kinda threatened that if Åland was ceded back to Sweden, they would demand the Tornio valley. Now before the whole Soviet thing, Finland operated the regions of Karelia, Salla, Kuusamo, Petsamo, and some extra islands in the gulf. After the wars with the Soviets, these regions were all ceded back to Russia, affectedly cutting off their access to the Arctic Ocean. Very quickly, some notable sights and landmarks would have to be the old castles like Savonlinna, Hämeenlinna, Olavinlinna, and the most renowned Suomenlinna. You can probably guess what 'linna' means by now... Rovaniemi is otherwise known as the home of Santa Claus, where you can go reindeer sledding Inari and Ivalo is where you can get a real Saami traditional cultural experience Of course, Helsinki is the epicentre of Finnish architecture and culture with landmarks such as the Temppeliaukio Church, excavated into a rock Mannerheim street, the busiest road with all the shops and austere post-Soviet influenced blocky colonnaded buildings or the iconic Helsinki cathedral. Now, those are all great, but Finland isn't really much of a tight metropolitan type of country. They love their space, and have quite a bunch of it. See what lies outside these cities, shall we? Now if you want me to make this simple, some would argue that Finland is the best winter wonderland in the world. I mean, Canada's cool, but they have too many bears, and Iceland is too explodey, and Russia is too... cold. Seriously though, the land is generally flat, except in the north by the border with Norway in which the highest mountain can be found, Mt. Halti, although the peak is in Norway. However, in 2017, Norway plans to give Finland the peak for their 100th anniversary of independence from the Soviets. Finland is just wonderfully crisp and refreshing usually ranking in the top 3 countries in the world with the cleanest air quality. This is partially because Finland is almost 80% covered in forests, one of the highest concentrations per square kilometre in the world only behind countries like Gabon and Suriname. This makes Finland the largest producer of wood in the EU, and one of the top in the world. Not only that, but Finland has about 188,000 lakes, most heavily concentrated in Lakeland and in addition to lakes, about 10% of the country is comprised of all water bodies like rivers, ponds, and streams. When mixed with the land, this makes about one third of the country home to swamps and bogs making it the highest wetland proportioned country in Europe, and disputably the world. 'Ehhh, maybe... But our floods are crazier!' Fittingly, the name for swamp in Finnish is 'suo', and the word for Finland is 'Suomi' I mean, technically they also have like 9 other words for swamp like räme, neva, letto, luhta, lähteikkö, aapa, palsa, jänkä and korpi And they love these swamps, one Finnish pastime is jumping in the mud (sometimes naked) and either playing soccer or wrestling. The landscape of Finland is shaped that way, because imagine what happens when you crush something under a heavy glacier for a really long time and then after the glacier melts, you're left with pockety erosion and mineral residue all over. Not only that, but Finland is experiencing a post-glacial rebound in which the land is steadily rising along the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. Every year, Finland gains about 7 square kilometres, and is technically rising out of the sea. The longest river is the Kemijoki, that passes through Lapland and reaches the Gulf of Bothnia. And the largest lake, as well as the fourth largest in Europe, Lake Saimaa is located in the southeast. Because Finland is so far north, they are known for being the land of the midnight sun as during summer, you can literally see the sun for 24 hours a day in the northern parts by the Arctic Circle. And of course in the wintertime, there's hardly any sunlight at all but if you're lucky, you can witness an aurora borealis, especially in the northern parts. Oh, and by the way, the national animals are the whooper swan and the brown bear. Finnish agriculture is of course very standard for northern European countries lots of rye wheats, turnips, potatoes, and of course, fishing is huge out here However, due to the abundance of lakes and rivers, Finns prefer their own domestic freshwater fish, like perch, zander, and muikku, as opposed to the sea fish. Speaking of which, coming to Finland, chances are you will eventually try reindeer meat in some shape or form, whether in stew or grilled in Lapland, you might even find bear on the menu You can try mämmi, a pudding made of rye and of course, every Finn will make every visitor try the strong, salty salmiakki they love salmiakki so much, that they made it into an ice cream, and it's so good and I'm so mad they don't sell it in my home town! And in the winter time, they build ice hotels, and there's this cool waterfall in the Paratiisikuru area, and the Urhokekkonen National Park. Okay, let's talk about Finnish people! Okay, if you go to Finland, you will most likely experience a rather intense, yet intriguing social construct. First of all, the country has about 5.5 million people, and is the most sparsely populated country in the EU The country is about 90% ethnically Finnish, about 6% are Swedish, and the rest is made up of everything else under the sun like Russians, Estonians, Asians, and Africans. They use the Euro as currency, they use the type C/E/F outlets, and they drive on the right side of the road. Of course, the Finnish people speak the Finnish language, which is arguably one of the hardest languages on earth to learn. Conjugation is a mess, nouns and adjectives have inflectionary forms... whatever that means Nevertheless, Finland has one of the best schooling systems in the world in Finland, school hours are shorter, less homework is given, and there are virtually no mandated standardised tests apart from the exam you take in your final senior year of high school. Also, if you get your PhD, you have the option to get a sword and a top hat along with your diploma. This is also why Finland is one of the most English-friendly countries in Europe. Children are taught around ages 9 to 11, and most people of the younger generation can at least hold an impressibly fluid conversation. Finland is actually a conscription country, in which all men ages 18 and up are required to serve either in the military or civilian services anywhere from 165 days to a year, depending on the type of service applied for. Åland Islands are exempt from the military conscription, but are required to serve in some kind of institution, like the coast guard or civil services. Finnish culture is... actually pretty funny the stereotype is that Finns are incredibly quiet and don't talk that much in most public transactions just mind your business, and no small talk The cartoon 'Finnish Nightmares' illustrates this concept pretty well. Check it out. Which is funny, because Finland is huge on the boisterous, loud, and flashy heavy metal culture having the highest concentration of heavy metal bands out of any other country in the world with nearly 650 per 1 million residents Finns also invented the wife-carrying competition, in which a man must carry either his wife or girlfriend, or any girl that agrees to get tossed around in an obstacle course and the winner gets the woman's weight in beer It's very strategic, because if you want to win, you might want to carry a lighter wife but if you want more beer, you better do your squats bro. Now if you must know one thing about Finnish culture, you have to know about sauna The Finns invented the sauna, most homes, hotels, and apartments have a sauna built into them They actually had a sauna competition at one point, but then a Russian guy died, and they had to kinda cancel it. Overall though, Finns are kinda brought up in a mindset known as 'sisu' it's kinda hard to explain the exact definition of it, but it kinda means something like, 'guts' or 'determination' and 'never giving up' which really helped them along the fight with the Soviets. Sisu is to Finland what janteloven is to Denmark. There are so many other things I wish we could talk about, but we're running out of time. But we do have time for friend time! Historically, Finland was kinda always a little lonely I mean, few if any trading routes ever went through this area. Even the Mongols were like, 'Ehh... we're good. Nah, nah... carry on.' Nevertheless, over time, Finland did develop relations, and to this day, is one of the most diplomatically outreached countries in the world I mean, the Finnish passport is the number 1 ranked and most sought-after, as it has the highest number of visa-free countries applied to it. First of all, Finland generally gets along with other Nordic countries However, they have the biggest frenemy relationship with Sweden. They'll trade and share a beer or two, but when hockey season comes, the bloodbath begins! When it comes to Russia, Finland kinda has to be their friend, because Russia has the longest border with them, and business is important. Nevertheless, Russia is kinda seen as like the next-door neighbour that you once got into an argument with but then you kinda fixed things up, but then you kinda really didn't get over it and then you have to see them every other day in the morning as you go to work. Germans are always welcome in Finland, and Hungarians are like the long-lost distant cousins that they just discovered, and are trying to build a relationship with. Their best friends though might be Estonia and Norway Everybody loves Norway! It's like the Cameroon of Europe Norway has never had any controversy with Finland, and with the recent mountain gift proposal, relations are only strengthening. Estonia is like the nagging little sister that tries to imitate her bigger brother I mean, they both even have the same national anthems but in the end, they are family, and Finland always loves her. In conclusion, Finland really is a winter wonderland, with quiet people that transform into metal monsters after a pint of long drink topping their days off baking themselves in human ovens for fun. And with that, we 'finish' the Finnish episode AAAAHAHA You waited for that for over 10 minutes! Stay tuned! The F... M-Mace... ...'the country that must not be named'... coming up next.


Size and external boundaries

Finland's total area is 337,030 km2 (130,128 sq mi). Of this area 10% is water, 69% forest, 8% cultivated land and 13% other. Finland is the eighth largest country in Europe after Russia, France, Ukraine, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Germany.

As a whole, the shape of Finland's boundaries resembles a figure of a one-armed human. In Finnish, parallels are drawn between the figure and the national personification of Finland – Finnish Maiden (Suomi-neito) – and the country as a whole can be referred in the Finnish language by her name. Even in official context the area around Enontekiö in northwestern part of the country between Sweden and Norway can be referred to as the "Arm" (käsivarsi). After the Continuation War Finland lost major land areas to Russia in the Moscow Armistice of 1944, and the figure was said to have lost the other of her arms, as well as a hem of her "skirt".

Relief and geology


Effects of the last ice age: glacial striations in a country without glaciers.
Effects of the last ice age: glacial striations in a country without glaciers.

The bedrock of Finland belong to the Baltic Shield[1] and was formed by a succession of orogenies in Precambrian time.[2] The oldest rocks of Finland, those of Archean age, are found in the east and north. These rocks are chiefly granitoids and migmatitic gneiss.[1] Rocks in central and western Finland originated or came to place during the Svecokarelian orogeny.[1] Following this last orogeny Rapakivi granites intruded various locations of Finland during the Mesoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic, specially at Åland and the southeast.[1] So-called Jotnian sediments occur usually together with Rapakivi granites.[3] The youngest rocks in Finland are those found in the northwestern arm which belong to Scandinavian Caledonides that assembled in Paleozoic times.[2] During the Caledonian orogeny Finland was likely a sunken foreland basin covered by sediments, subsequent uplift and erosion would have eroded all of these sediments.[4]

Relief and hydrography

About one third of Finland lies below 100 m, and about two thirds lies under 200 m.[1] Finland can be divided into three topographical areas; the coastal landscapes, the interior lake plateau also known as Finnish lake district and Upland Finland.[1] The coastal landscapes are made up mostly of plains below 20 m. These plains tilt gently towards the sea so that where its irregularities surpasses sea-level groups is islands like the Kvarken Archipelago or the Åland Islands are found.[1] Åland Islands is connected to the Finnish mainland by a shallow submarine plateau that does not exceed 20 m in depth.[5] Next to the Gulf of Bothnia the landscape of Finland is extremely flat with height differences no larger than 50 m.[6] This region called the Ostrobothnian Plain extends inland about 100 km and constitute the largest plain in the Nordic countries.[6]

The interior lake plateau is dominated by undulating hilly terrain with valley to top height differences of 100 or less and occasionally up to 200 m.[1][6] Only the area around the lakes Pielinen and Päijänne stand with a subtly more pronounced relief.[6] The relief of the interior lake plateau bears some resemblance to the Swedish Norrland terrain.[1] Upland Finland and areas higher than 200 m are found mostly in the north and east of the country. A limited number of hills and mountains exceed 500 m in height in these regions.[6] Inselberg plains are common in the northern half of the country.[7] In the far north hills reach 200 to 400 m and the landscape is a Förfjäll (Fore-fell).[1] Only the extreme northwest contain a more dramatic mountain landscape.[8]

The subdued landscape of Finland is the result of protracted erosion that has leveled down ancient mountain massifs into near-flat landforms called peneplains.[2] The last major leveling event resulted in the formation of the Sub-Cambrian peneplain in Late Neoproterozoic time.[2][9] While Finland has remained very close to sea-level since the formation of this last peneplain some further relief was formed by a slight uplift resulting in the carving of valleys by rivers. The slight uplift does also means that at parts the uplifted peneplain can be traced as summit accordances.[2] The Quaternary ice ages resulted in the erosion of weak rock and loose materials by glaciers. When the ice masses retreated eroded depressions turned into lakes.[2][A] Fractures in Finland's bedrock were particularly affected by weathering and erosion, leaving as result trace straight sea and lake inlets.[2]

Except a few rivers along the coasts most rivers in Finland drain at some stage into one or more lakes.[8] The drainage basins drain into various directions. Much of Finland drain into the Gulf of Bothnia including the country's largest and longest rivers, Kokemäenjoki and Kemijoki respectively.[8] Finland's largest lake drain by Vuoksi River into Lake Ladoga in Russia.[1][8] Upland Finland in the east drain east across Russian Republic of Karelia into the White Sea.[8] In the northeast Lake Inari discharges by Paatsjoki into Barents Sea in the Arctic.[8]

Localities in Finland by approximate date of deglaciation[11]
Year before present Deglaciated
12,700 Helsinki, Kotka
11,000 Åbo, Kuopio
10,900 Jyväskylä, Mariehamn, Tampere
10,800 Lake Inari
10,700 All of Åland
10,500 Kajaani
10,300 Vasa, Oulu
10,200 Rovaniemi
10,100 Tornio

Quaternary glaciation

The ice sheet that covered Finland intermittently during the Quaternary grew out from the Scandinavian Mountains.[12] During the last deglaciation the first parts of Finland to became ice-free, the southeastern coast, did so slightly prior to the Younger Dryas cold-spell 12,700 years before present (BP). The retreat of the ice cover occurred simultaneously from the north-east, the east and southeast. The retreat was fastest from the southeast resulting in the lower course of Tornio being the last part of Finland to be deglaciated. Finally by 10,100 years BP the ice cover had all but left Finland to concentrate in Sweden and Norway before fading away.[11]

As the ice sheet became thinner and retreated the land begun to rise by effect of isostacy. Much of Finland was under water when the ice retreated and was gradually uplifted in a process that continues today.[13][B] Albeit not all areas were drowned at the same time it is estimated at time or another about 62% has been under water.[14] Depending on location in Finland the ancient shoreline reached different maximum heights. In southern Finland 150 to 160 m, in central Finland about 200 m and in eastern Finland up to 220 m.[13]


Latitude is the principal influence on Finland's climate. Because of Finland's northern location, winter is the longest season. Only in the south coast is summer as long as winter. On the average, winter lasts from early December to mid March in the archipelago and the southwestern coast and from early October to early May in Lapland. This means that southern portions of the country are snow-covered about three to four months of the year and the northern, about seven months. The long winter causes about half of the annual 500 to 600 millimetres (19.7 to 23.6 in) of precipitation in the north to fall as snow. Precipitation in the south amounts to about 600 to 700 millimetres (23.6 to 27.6 in) annually. Like that of the north, it occurs all through the year, though not so much of it is snow.

Finland map of Köppen climate classification.
Finland map of Köppen climate classification.

The Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Eurasian continent to the east interact to modify the climate of the country. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream and the North Atlantic Drift Current, which warm Norway and Sweden, also warm Finland. Westerly winds bring the warm air currents into the Baltic areas and to the country's shores, moderating winter temperatures, especially in the south. These winds, because of clouds associated with weather systems accompanying the westerlies, also decrease the amount of sunshine received during the summer. By contrast, the continental high pressure system situated over the Eurasian continent counteracts the maritime influences, occasionally causing severe winters and high temperatures in the summer.

The highest ever recorded temperature is 37.2 °C (99.0 °F) (Liperi, 29 July 2010).[15] The lowest, −51.5 °C (−60.7 °F) (Kittilä, 28 January 1999). The annual middle temperature is relatively high in the southwestern part of the country (5.0 to 7.5 °C or 41.0 to 45.5 °F), with quite mild winters and warm summers, and low in the northeastern part of Lapland (0 to −4 °C or 32 to 25 °F).

Temperature extremes for every month:[16]

Climate data for Finland
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10.9
Record low °C (°F) −51.5

Extreme highs:

  • January: +10.9 °C (51.6 °F) (January 6, 1973, Mariehamn, Åland)
  • February: +11.8 °C (53.2 °F) (February 28, 1943, Ilmala, Helsinki, Uusimaa)
  • March: +17.5 °C (63.5 °F) (March 27, 2007, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Vantaa, Uusimaa)
  • April: +25.5 °C (77.9 °F) (April 27, 1921, Jyväskylä, Central Finland)
  • May: +31.0 °C (87.8 °F) (May 30/31, 1995, Lapinjärvi, Uusimaa)
  • June: +33.8 °C (92.8 °F) (June 24, 1934, Ähtäri, Southern Ostrobothnia)
  • July: +37.2 °C (99.0 °F) (July 29, 2010, Joensuu Airport, Liperi, Northern Karelia)[15]
  • August: +33.8 °C (92.8 °F) (August 7, 2010, Heinola, Päijänne Tavastia, and Puumala, Southern Savonia)[17]
  • September: +28.8 °C (83.8 °F) (September 6, 1968, Rauma, Satakunta)
  • October: +20.9 °C (69.6 °F) (October 14, 2018, Kruunupyy, Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport, Ostrobothnia)
  • November: +14.3 °C (57.7 °F) (November 3, 2015, Kimito, Kimitoön, Southwest Finland)
  • December: +11.3 °C (52.3 °F) (December 20, 2015, Kokemäki, Satakunta and Pori, Satakunta)

Extreme lows:

  • January: −51.5 °C (−60.7 °F) (January 28, 1999, Pokka, Kittilä, Lapland)
  • February: −49.0 °C (−56.2 °F) (February 5, 1912, Sodankylä, Lapland)
  • March: −44.3 °C (−47.7 °F) (March 1, 1971, Tuntsa, Salla, Lapland)
  • April: −36.0 °C (−32.8 °F) (April 9, 1912, Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia)
  • May: −24.6 °C (−12.3 °F) (May 1, 1971, Enontekiö, Lapland)
  • June: −7.0 °C (19.4 °F) (June 3, 1962, Laanila, Inari, Lapland)
  • July: −5.0 °C (23.0 °F) (July 12, 1958, Kilpisjärvi, Enontekiö, Lapland)
  • August: −10.8 °C (12.6 °F) (August 26, 1980, Naruska, Salla, Lapland)
  • September: −18.7 °C (−1.7 °F) (September 26, 1968, Sodankylä, Lapland)
  • October: −31.8 °C (−25.2 °F) (October 25, 1968, Sodankylä, Lapland)
  • November: −42.0 °C (−43.6 °F) (November 30, 1915, Sodankylä, Lapland)
  • December: −47.0 °C (−52.6 °F) (December 21, 1919, Pielisjärvi, Northern Karelia)

Area and boundaries

Nature of Viitasaari
Nature of Viitasaari

total: 338,145 km2 (130,559 sq mi)
land: 303,815 km2 (117,304 sq mi)
water: 34,330 km2 (13,250 sq mi)

Area – comparative: slightly smaller than Germany, Montana, and Newfoundland and Labrador

Land boundaries:
total: 2,563 km (1,593 mi)
border countries: Norway 709 km (441 mi), Sweden 545 km (339 mi), Russia 1,309 km (813 mi)

An aerial photograph of Naantali Archipelago, Archipelago Sea
An aerial photograph of Naantali Archipelago, Archipelago Sea

Coastline: 1,250 km (780 mi)

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nmi (22.2 km; 13.8 mi), 3 nmi (5.56 km; 3.45 mi) in the Gulf of Finland; there is a stretch of international waters between Finnish and Estonian claims; Bogskär has separate internal waters and 3 nmi of territorial waters
contiguous zone: 24 nmi (44.4 km; 27.6 mi)
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nmi (22.2 km; 13.8 mi); extends to continental shelf boundary with Sweden, Estonia, and Russia
continental shelf: 200 m (660 ft) depth or to the depth of exploitation

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Baltic Sea 0 m
highest point: Haltitunturi 1,328 m (4,357 ft)

Resources and land use

Lake Inari, Lapland
Lake Inari, Lapland

Natural resources: timber, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, chromite, nickel, gold, silver, limestone

Land use:
arable land: 7.40%
permanent crops: 0.01%
other: 92.59% (2012)

Irrigated land: 685.8 km² (2010)

Total renewable water resources: 110 km3 (2011)

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 1.63 km3/yr (25%/72%/3%)
per capita: 308.9 m3/yr (2005)

Environmental concerns

Natural hazards: Cold periods in winter pose a threat to the unprepared.

Environment – current issues: air pollution from manufacturing and power plants contributing to acid rain; water pollution from industrial wastes, agricultural chemicals; habitat loss threatens wildlife populations

Environment – international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling, Air Pollution–Persistent Organic Pollutants (signed 2001, ratified 2002),[18] Climate Change–Kyoto Protocol (signed May 1998, ratified together with 14 other EU countries May 31, 2002).[19]

Other miscellaneous information

  • Finland contains an estimated 180,000 lakes within its borders.
  • The Finnish capital, Helsinki, is the northernmost capital city on the mainland of any continent, and ranks as second globally. (The Icelandic capital Reykjavik takes the first place globally)
  • The nation itself is the fourth northernmost country in Europe after Iceland, Norway and Russia.
  • At 1,313 kilometres (816 mi), Finland owns the distinction of having the second-longest border with Russia of any European country, surpassed only by Ukraine (1,576 km or 979 mi).
  • The third largest of the country's 180,000 lakes, Lake Inari in the Lapland province of extreme northern Finland, has a surface area of 1,040.28 square kilometres (401.65 sq mi), a total shore length of 3,308 kilometres (2,055 mi), a maximum depth of 92 metres (302 ft), some 3,318 islands, and a total water volume of 15.9 cubic kilometres (3.8 cu mi). Despite its beauty, size and numerous recreational opportunities, the lake is scarcely visited sheerly because of its 1,100-kilometre (680 mi) distance from Helsinki, and its daunting distance to other similarly-populated areas in the south of the country.


  1. ^ Compare to southern Sweden where its large number of lakes would according to Alfred Gabriel Nathorst be indebted to the creation of basins due to the stripping of an irregular mantle of weathered rock by glacier erosion.[10]
  2. ^ If current rates of uplift continue Sweden and Finland will have a land boundary across the Gulf of Bothnia at Kvarken in about 2,000 years.[13]


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