Finland is a democratic country in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe in the European Union. Finland is about three times as large as the US state of Ohio but has fewer than 6 million inhabitants. As with the rest of the EU, Finland is a representative democracy and has had both a woman President and a woman Prime Minister.
Finland is famous for its successful educational system. Finnish school students are among the world's top performers.
There are many forests, rivers, lakes and marshy areas that people think of as unspoiled, natural beauty. Most of Finland is low lying. Finland is far to the north and part of Finland is within the Arctic Circle. In the far north of Finland, allegedly, the sun does not set for ten weeks during the summer and does not rise for eight weeks during the winter. When it's dark, the Northern lights can be beautiful and people go to some trouble to see it. 
- The Positive side: The Finns are generally happy and satisfied with their lives.
- The Negative side: Despite the natural beauty of their country, the Finns don't look after the environment as well as perhaps they should and leave a large ecological footprint.
In Popular Culture
Monty Python wrote a song about this fine country, please listen to the excellent song "Finland." The lyrics for the song can be found here.
In a season 13 episode of South Park, Finland is bombed by every other country in the world  for attempting to return stolen space cash to an alien life force. When questioned about the bombing of Finland by the space aliens, a Chinese man says "Aww no! Not Finrand!"
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