Finland: General facts

Form of government: Parliamentary democracyCapital: HelsinkiTotal area: 338,424 square kilometresPopulation: 5.4 millionOfficial languages: Finnish (spoken by 91 percent of population), Swedish (5.4 percent). Sámi is the mother tongue of about 1,700 people who are descendants of the indigenous Sámi people of northern LaplandCurrency: euro

Form of government: Parliamentary democracy
Capital: Helsinki
Total area: 338,424 square kilometres
Population: 5.4 million
Official languages: Finnish (spoken by 91 percent of population), Swedish (5.4 percent). Sámi is the mother tongue of about 1,700 people who are descendants of the indigenous Sámi people of northern Lapland
Currency: euro

Source: www.finland.fi

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