Finland

FINLAND: full name Republic of Finland

Demographics:

Finland is a Nordic Country in the Fennscandian region of Northern Europe and is the most sparsely populated country in the EU.

Finland is a Nordic Country in the Fennscandian region of Northern Europe and is the most sparsely populated country in the EU.

  • Population:5.4 million
  • Capital: Helsinki
  • Size: 338,000 square kilometers (130,127 square miles)
  • Government type: Republic
  • Official languages: Finnish and Swedish
  • Ethnic groups: 93.4% Finn, 5.6% Swede, 0.5% Russian, 0.3% Estonian, 0.1% Roma and 0.1% Sami
  • Major religion: Lutheran
  • Main Exports: Electrical and optical equipment, machinery, transport equipment, paper and pulp, chemicals, basic metals and timber

 Economy:

  • Finland has a highly industrialised, largely free-market economy with a per capita output roughly that of Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden.
  • The Finnish public debt, which was smaller than the Swedish debt before the crisis, has now grown bigger than the Scandinavian neighbour’s at 49.2% of GDP
  • GDP per capita: €28,400
  • Unemployment rate: 7.8%

Education System:

  • A breakdown of the Finnish education system.

    Finland’s educational difference between the weakest and strongest students is the smallest in the world.

    Education in Finland is an egalitarian system, with no tuition.

  • The Nordic strategy for achieving equality and excellence in education has been based on constructing a publicly funded comprehensive school system without selecting, tracking, or streaming students during their common basic education.
  • In the 1970s the education system was changed to a decentralized system. The national curriculum is only a broad guideline and the focus is on school-based curricula.
  • Finland has the highest European rate of students attending college at 66 per cent.

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he does not wear pants
  • The amount a driver gets fined for speeding on the roads depends on their salary
  • The Finns are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers, consuming no less than 12 kg annually, which is twice more than the Italians, three times more than the Americans and four times more than the British