The Republic of Finland
is a Nordic country in northeastern Europe, bounded by the Baltic Sea to the southwest, the Gulf of Finland to the south and the Gulf of Bothnia to the west. Finland has land frontiers with Sweden, Norway and Russia. The commonly used Finnish name for the country is Suomi, the Swedish one Finland.
Finland is a country of thousands of lakes
and islands; 187,888 lakes and 179,584 islands to be precise. One of these lakes, Saimaa, is the 5th largest in Europe. The Finnish landscape is mostly flat with few hills and its highest point, the Haltitunturi at 1,328 m, is found in the extreme north of Lapland. Beside the many lakes the landscape is dominated by extensive boreal forests and little arable land. Finland is one of the few countries in the world that is still growing
. Owing to the isostatic uplift that has been taking place since the last ice age, the surface area of the country is growing by about 7 sq. kilometres a year.
Kemijoki, Ounasjoki, Oulujoki, Pyhäjoki, Perhonjoki
Political map of Finland
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