"Our Land"

History and Geography of Finland

Finland is in Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Finland, and Gulf of Bothnia. It is located between Sweden and Russia. Finland was originally part of Russia, but won their independence on December 6, 1917. Most of Finland is low land, but there are also rolling plains and low hills. Three quarters of the land is covered in forests. Finland has over 60,000 lakes!

Currency and Government in Finland

Finland currently uses the Euro like many other countries in Europe. Before the Euro, they used many different versions of the markka. Finland is a Republic and Finland's official name is the Republic of Finland.
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Tourism and Cities in Finland

Finland has incredible nature like their lakes and forests. Buildings in Finland are also full of history like the Fortress of Suomenilinna and the Lutheran Catherdral, both located in Helsinki.

Language and Religion in Finland

The majority of people in Finland speak Finnish followed by Swede, while a small portion speaks Russian. The most common religion is Lutheran followed by Atheism, Orthodox, and other.

The Finnish Flag

The flag of Finland has a sideways cross on it much like the other Nordic countries. The blue on the flag represents it's many lakes, while the white represents the snow in the winter time.
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Other Facts

-Finland was the first the European country to give women the right to vote.

-The national symbol of Finland is a lion.

- On Palm Sunday (the week before Easter), children go around to people's houses dressed as Easter witches reciting charms and recieving money and sweets.

-Reindeer steak and salmon are traditional specialties.

-The national instrument of Finland is the kantele, which is a stringed instrument played by strumming or plucking.


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