Area: 130,558 square miles
Languages: Finnish and Swedish are the official languages.
Location: Finland is bordered by Norway, Sweden, Russia, and the Baltic Sea.
Geography: Covering an area of 130,558 square miles, Suomi (its Finnish name) is one of the largest countries of Europe. It extends about 700 miles in length, and has a maximum breadth of 335 miles. The coastline is approximately 682 miles long. Geographically, Finland can be divided into three distinct areas—the coastal plain, the lake district, and the highland in the north—each characterized by a slightly different climate and topography.
Population (2007 estimate): 5,238,460
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran 89%, Russian Orthodox 1%, none 9%, other 1%
Time zone: Finland is on Eastern European Time, seven hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is 1pm in Helsinki. Daylight Saving Time begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October.