Location: Northern Europe, Scandinavia, bordering Norway 729 km, Sweden 586 km, Russia 1,313 km Capital: Helsinki Climate: cold temperate; potentially subarctic but comparatively mild because of moderating influence of the North Atlantic Current, Baltic Sea, and more than 60,000 lakes Population: 5,268,799 (2014 est.) Ethnic Make-up: Finn 93%, Swede 6%, Sami 0.11%, Roma 0.12%, Tatar 0.02% Religions: Evangelical Lutheran 89%, Russian Orthodox 1%, none 9%, other 1% Government: republic Of the two official languages of Finland, Finnish is the first language spoken by 93% of the country's 5 million inhabitants.
Finnish, unlike Scandinavian languages, is not Germanic but in a class of its own.
The street fashion blog Hel Looks does not represent the typical style in Finland.
While many girls like to wear bright pastel colors and other hipster garb, they don’t typically look like freaks that just stepped off an intergalactic spaceship.
There is a Mc Donald’s literally on every block, and Finnish people have taken to it wholesale.
It is difficult in Finland to make or break a reputation with a single social blunder.
Finland is a country where considerable weight is attached to the spoken word – words are chosen carefully and for the purpose of delivering a message.
Such breaches are viewed by Finns with equanimity if committed by their own countrymen and with understanding or amusement if committed by foreigners.
Codes of behaviour are fairly relaxed, and reputations – good or bad – are built up over time as the result of personal actions rather than conforming to norms or standards.