Finland is a Nordic country located in northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, Russia to the east, and Estonia to the south across the Gulf of Finland.
- is the eighth largest country in Europe.
- is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union.
- has a population of 5.4 million (2012).
- has the best educational system in Europe.
- has been ranked as one of the world's most peaceful and economically competitive countries.
- has been ranked as one of the world's countries with the highest quality of life.
- has been ranked as the overall "best country in the world" (by Newsweek magazine).