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Finland

The Republic of Finland a Nordic country in Northern Europe, bounded to the north by Norway; to the east by Russia; to the south by the Gulf of Finland: and to the west by the Gulf of Bothnia and Sweden. The Aland Islands, off the south-western coast, are an autonomous, demilitarised administrative province of Finland.

Finland has approximately 188,000 lakes (about 10% of the country) and a similar number of islands. In the northernmost part of the country northern lights can be seen in the winter and midnight sun in the summer. Northern Finland is also (according to the Finns) the home of Santa Claus and he can actually be visited there.

The country is modern with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, but still offers vast areas of unspoiled nature. Despite living in one of the most technologically developed countries in the World the Finns love to head to their summer cottages in the warmer months to enjoy all manner of recreational activities including swimming, fishing, barbecuing and relaxing in saunas.

Map of Finland