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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

Vogue.com 
Finland celebrates the 100th anniversary of its independence this year (from Russia, after being part of Sweden for about 500 years before that, in case you skipped that history lesson). The country—ever more on travel and social science radars thanks ... See more..
ESPN FC 
9 rising and placing his pinpoint header past Finland keeper Lukas Hradecky from a Selcuk Inan corner kick. The win revived Turkey's hopes of qualifying from Group I, pulling them level on points with Ukraine and two points back of Iceland in second. See more..
Helsinki Times 
Following the passing of the Equal Marriage Act, a wedding is held at the Kapsäkki music theater in Helsinki on March 1, 2017. This month a man identified as Ziryan celebrated becoming the first Kurd to hold a same-sex marriage ceremony in Finland. See more..
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Pension Plan Puppets 
In our second installment of What's Up With Team Not-North-America, we turn our attention to one of the Nordic countries, specifically Finland. Last year, Finland had a good showing at the World Championships, even giving Canada a bit of a scare in the ... See more..
Daily Sabah 
An early double from Cenk Tosun gave Turkey its first-ever home win over Finland in Turkey's Antalya province and took them to third place in World Cup qualifying Group I with eight points, two behind group leader Croatia. Ukraine is sitting in the ... See more..
Variety 
Italian channel Super! and Finnish pubcaster YLE buy pre-school series “The Ollie & Moon Show,” distributed by Federation Kids & Family. See more..
Globalnews.ca 
For the past 75 years, parents in Finland have been laying their babies to sleep in cardboard boxes. Since that time, researchers have noticed a trend: the country's infant mortality rate has decreased significantly. Is that just a coincidence, or is ... See more..
The Wire 
With an ageing population and a falling birth rate, the Nordic nation could benefit from refugees or immigrants. Instead, racism is driving many out. See more..
CNN 
Helsinki, founded in 1550, is Finland's largest city and the capital, with over one million of the country's 5.5 million people living in the metropolitan area. Why celebrate for a day, when a whole year is possible? To mark the occasion appropriately ... See more..
Sports Illustrated 
A little snow can't stop our sexy Serbian from showing off what her momma gave her! It's time for Bo Krsmanovic's SI Swimsuit 2017 outtakes, and you're in for a ... 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 ;

Demographics

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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