Facts about Finland

Population

  • 5.4 million

Area

  • 338 424 km² (131 985 square miles), the fifth-largest country in Western Europe

Greatest length from north to south

  • 1 160 km (720 miles)

Greatest width from east to west

  • 540 km (335 miles)

Capital

  • Helsinki (630 000 inhabitants, total 1.25 million in the Metropolitan area)

Climate

  • Great contrasts – cold winters and fairly warm summers

Weather in Lahti (about 15 km from Pajulahti)

Languages

  • Finland is officially bilingual. Finnish is the first language of 92%, and Swedish of 5.5% of the population. About 1 700 people in Lapland speak Sami (Lapp) languages.

Currency

Voltage

  • 230V

Time zone

  • GMT +2

Tap water

  • Drinkable