Finland is the eighth largest country in Europe, yet it is the least populous country of the European Union.
There are 187,888 lakes (larger than 500 square meters) within the borders of Finland. Finland's largest lake, Saima, is the fourth largest lake in Europe. The lake is also home to the Fresh Water Seal
The degraded effects of glaciers of heavy snow-age have flattered the Finnish landscape with some mountains.
Due to post-glacial rebound (approximately one cm (0.4 inches) annually) the area is increasing rapidly today. Finland is really rising from the sea because it extends, and approximately seven square kilometers (2.7 square miles) of land are released from the sea per year.
Finland's capital Helsinki is at more north than any other city in the world, except Iceland's Reykjavík.
Finland had chosen its first female prime minister in April 2003, making it the only country in Europe with both the President and the Prime Minister.
Finnish (89 percent) and Swedish (5 percent) are the official languages of Finland. Sami language is indigenous language. English is spoken by 63 percent of the population.
Finland's education system is ranked as one of the best in the world, even though children do not attend school for seven years and it is not mandatory to grade them up to Class VIII.
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