Portal:Finland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Welcome to the Finnish Portal!
Tervetuloa Suomen teemasivulle!

Flag Coat of arms of Finland.svg
Location within Europe

The Republic of Finland (Finnish: Suomen tasavalta Swedish: Republiken Finland) is a Nordic country in northeastern Europe, bordered by the Baltic Sea to the southwest, the Gulf of Finland to the south and the Gulf of Bothnia to the west. Finland has land frontiers with Sweden, Norway and Russia. The Åland Islands, off the southwestern coast, are under Finnish sovereignty while enjoying extensive autonomy. The Finnish name for Finland is Suomi; in Swedish it is Finland.

Finland gained independence from Russia on 6 December 1917. Prior to that, it had been part of the Kingdom of Sweden and an autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland under Imperial Russia. After fighting two wars with the Soviet Union in the mid-20th century, it has grown quickly from a largely agrarian society to one of the world's most developed countries. Finland has a high standard of living, one of the best educational systems in the world, and it has been the birthplace to many technological phenomena such as Nokia, sms, Linux, Angry Birds and IRC.

Finland has been a member of the European Union since 1995.


Show new selections

Selected article

The Turku Cathedral.

Turku (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈturku], Swedish: About this sound Åbo ) is a city in Finland, founded in the 13th century. Turku is the fifth largest city in Finland, with a population of 175 286 (2007), and is located in the south-west of the country at the mouth of the Aura river. It is the capital city of both the region of Finland Proper and the province of Western Finland, as well as being the centre of the country's third largest urban area with over 300,000 inhabitants.

Turku is the former capital and oldest city in Finland, having been founded on an as yet undetermined date during the late 13th century. It has a long history as the country's largest city and administrative centre, but has during the last two centuries lost that status to Helsinki. As a remnant of the its long history, the city hosts a number of important historical landmarks, such as the Turku Castle and the Cathedral of Turku.

Due to the city's location, the sea is also an important part of the its history and present. Today the Port of Turku is possibly the most important seaport in the whole of Finland.

Selected picture

Päijänne and päijätsalo.jpg
Photo credit: commons:User:Joonasl
Sun setting over Lake Päijänne at Sysmä, Finland. On the right is Päijätsalo island which is part of the Päijätsalo nature park.

Did you know...

Selected biography

Painting of the murder of St. Henry by Lalli

Saint Henry was a legendary Swedish clergyman. Conquering Finland together with King Eric the Saint of Sweden and dying as a martyr, Henry became central in the local Roman Catholic Church. Even today, together with his alleged murderer Lalli, he remains one of the best recognized persons from the history of Finland. The authenticity of the accounts of Henry's life, ministry, and death is widely disputed. On the basis of the traditional accounts of Henry's death, he was locally recognized as a saint, prior to the founding of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. He continues to be remembered as a local observance in the Catholic Church of Finland. He is also commemorated in several Protestant liturgical calendars. (more...)

Finland News

Wikinews Finland portal
Wikinews-logo.svg


Things you can do

Things you can do


Wikiprojects

WikiProjects
Flag of Finland.svg You are invited to participate in Finland WikiProject, a WikiProject dedicated to developing and improving articles about Finland.

What are WikiProjects?


Selected panorama

View of Jyväskylä
Photo credit: commons:User:Mikael Korpela

Panoramic photo shot of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Categories


Featured and Good content

Featured articles related to Finland

Related portals

Norway Russia Sweden Estonia Europe European Union
Blason Norvège.svg Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation.svg Armoiries Suède moderne.svg Small coat of arms of Estonia.svg Wikiproject Europe (small).svg Flag of Europe.svg

Associated Wikimedia

Finland on Wikinews Finland on Wikiquote Finland on Wikibooks Finland on Wikisource Finland on Wiktionary Finland on Wikimedia Commons
News Quotations Manuals & Texts Texts Definitions Images
link=Wikinews:Portal:Finland
Wikiquote-logo.svg
Wikibooks-logo.svg
Wikisource-logo.svg
Wiktionary-logo-en-35px.png
Commons-logo.svg