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Ijahis idja Indigenous peoples music festival in Inari, Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, located in Lapland.
Siida A Window into Sámi Culture and Arctic Nature.
Formerly a grand duchy in the Russian empire, the country became independent in 1917.
Finland is since then a formally neutral country, and like Sweden not a member of NATO.
About 10% of its area is occupied by lakes, rivers and ponds.
560 500) Other Cities: Espoo (213 000), Tampere (195 500), Vantaa (178 500), Turku (173 000). Independence: 6 December 1917 (from the Russian Empire). The new Finnish Constitution Geography: Location: Northern Europe Area: 338,145 km² (130,558 sq. Literacy: 100% Natural resources: Timber, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, chromite, nickel, gold, silver, limestone.mi.) Terrain: Low but hilly, more than 70% forested, with more than 60 000 lakes. Agriculture products: Barley, wheat, sugar beets, potatoes; dairy cattle; fish.Industries: Metal products, electronics, shipbuilding, pulp and paper, copper refining, foodstuffs, chemicals, textiles, clothing.Background: Ruled by Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries and by Russia from 1809, Finland finally won its independence in 1917.
During World War II, Finland was able to successfully defend its freedom and fend off invasions by the Soviet Union and Germany.Suomen ulkoasiainministeriö The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Statistics Tilastokeskus Statistics Finland Weather Ilmatieteen laitos The Finnish Meteorological Institute. Google Earth Finland Searchable map and satellite view of Finland.