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Finland has done reasonably well in preserving its natural environment. The government is skilled at obtaining and compiling environmental data and translating that into effective environmental management policies.1 There is a low population density and the nature conservation is relatively easy to maintain.2 Finland adopted a National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change in 2005 and revised it in 2013.3 Since then, the government and environmental groups have successfully added climate change adaptation to its mandates and implementation has overall been successful. Finland has also recently adapted a new climate change policy that will hopefully reduce the amount of emissions to 80% by the year 2050.4 The plan is to make it as energy and cost efficient and systematic.5 The Finnish government wants to ...See More emerge as a leader in the climate change adaptation community.6 Show Less

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1 http://finland.fi/Public/default.aspx?contentid=160041&nodeid=41799&culture=en-US
2 Ibid
3 http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/countries/finland
4http://www.ym.fi/en-US/Latest_news/Press_releases/Government_approves_proposal_for_a_clima(29845)
5-6 Ibid
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Finland News

Washington Post 
Hobby-horsing has gained momentum outside Finland because of this year's release of the documentary “Hobbyhorse Revolution” by the Finnish Oscar-nominated director Selma Vilhunen. Over a year, she followed young hobbyhorse enthusiasts and their ... See more..
YLE News 
North Korean officials told the Finnish public broadcaster that they haven't forgotten the over 30 million euros in debt they owe government and private businesses in Finland for transactions that date back to the 1970s. Foreign ministry officials in ... See more..
DefenseNews.com 
"The ECE-CHT will enhance Finland's role in developing the European Union's and NATO's cooperation in preventing hybrid threats. The Helsinki location is a recognition of Finland's comprehensive security model, which brings together various societal ... See more..
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BBC News 
The Fori passenger ferry will now use electric power to make its river crossings. See more..
Reuters 
The Finnish government is working with the country's central bank to convince the Nordic bank Nordea to move its headquarters to Helsinki from Stockholm, ... See more..
The Peninsula Qatar 
Mercedes Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland celebrates the victory after the race. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov. Reuters. SOCHI, Russia: Finland's Valtteri Bottas seized the first Formula One victory of his career at the Russian Grand Prix on ... See more..
Cardiac Cane 
USA Hockey defeated Team Finland in the World Under 18 Championships with the Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis in attendance. See more..
Jezebel 
The filmmakers involved in the biopic Tom of Finland, which is playing at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, didn't necessarily set out to be political, but the ... See more..
Helsinki Times 
After witnessing the result of Brexit, Finnish Finance Minister Petteri Orpo believes that no further EU members will want to follow in the UK's footsteps. Finland ... See more..
The National Interest Online 
Could Russia's defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council's cooperative efforts? See more..
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Geography

Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Sweden and Russia
Area

Total 338,145 sq km
Land 303,815 sq km
Water 34,330 sq km

Climate

cold temperate; potentially subarctic but comparatively mild because of moderating influence of the North Atlantic Current, Baltic Sea, and more than 60,000 lakes
Natural Resources

timber, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, chromite, nickel, gold, silver, limestone ;
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NA
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution from manufacturing and power plants contributing to acid rain; water pollution from industrial wastes, agricultural chemicals; habitat loss threatens wildlife populations

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Finnish
Population
5,266,114 (July 2013 est.)
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Finland has a highly industrialized, largely free-market economy with per capita output almost as high as that of Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Trade is important with exports accounting for over one third of GDP in recent years. Finland is strongly competitive in manufacturing - principally the wood, metals, engineering, telecommunications, and electronics industries. Finland excels in high-tech exports such as mobile phones. Except for timber and several minerals, Finland depends on imports of raw materials, energy, and some components for manufactured goods. Because of the climate, agricultural development is limited to maintaining self-sufficiency in basic products. Forestry, an ...See More important export earner, provides a secondary occupation for the rural population. Finland had been one of the best performing economies within the EU in recent years and its banks and financial markets avoided the worst of global financial crisis. However, the world slowdown hit exports and domestic demand hard in 2009, with Finland experiencing one of the deepest contractions in the euro zone. A recovery of exports, domestic trade, and household consumption stimulated economic growth in 2010-11. The recession affected general government finances and the debt ratio, turning previously strong budget surpluses into deficits, but Finland has taken action to ensure it will meet EU deficit targets by 2013 and retains its triple-A credit rating. Finland's main challenge in 2013 will be to stimulate growth in the face of weak demand in EU export markets and government austerity measures meant to reduce its budget deficit. Longer-term, Finland must address a rapidly aging population and decreasing productivity that threaten competitiveness, fiscal sustainability, and economic growth. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$200.7 billion (2012 est.); $201.1 billion (2011 est.); $195.7 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

18.7% of GDP (2012 est.); 20.6% of GDP (2011 est.); 21% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

barley, wheat, sugar beets, potatoes; dairy cattle; fish
Industries

metals and metal products, electronics, machinery and scientific instruments, shipbuilding, pulp and paper, foodstuffs, chemicals, textiles, clothing