Information on Finland's People

Information on Finland's People
Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe between Sweden on the west and Russia on the east. It's a parliamentary democracy whose capital is Helsinki.

Population

Finland has a population of about 5.3 million people with an average population density of 40.2 people per square mile. Most of Finland's population is concentrated in the southern part of the country.

Languages

The official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. Finnish is spoken by 91 percent of the population and Swedish by 5.4 percent of the population.

Religion

Approximately 81 percent of the Finnish people are Lutheran and 1.1 percent are members of the Finnish Orthodox Church. An additional 17 percent are non-religious and the remaining 1 percent belong to other religions.

Family

Finnish families are based on the nuclear-family model. The Finnish people don't form politically significant extended family structures such as clans or tribes.

Military

Finland generally requires one year of military service from men above the age of 18. The Finnish Defense Force maintains a standard strength of about 34,700 active-duty soldiers with about 350,000 reservists.

Article Written By Allan Robinson

Allan Robinson holds a bachelor's degree with majors in biology and mathematics. He has written numerous health articles for sites such as eHow and LIVESTRONG. Robinson also has 15 years experience as a software engineer and has extensive accreditations in software engineering.

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