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Finland: Nordic country on the Baltic Sea
Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country located in Northern Europe. Finland shares land borders with Sweden to the west, Russia to the east, and Norway to the north and is defined by the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland to the south that are part of the Baltic Sea. Finland has a population of approximately 5.5 million, making it the 25th-most populous country in Europe. With an area of 338,455 square kilometres (130,678 sq mi), Finland is the eighth-largest country in Europe, and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is the largest city in the country.

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Northern lights illuminate sky above Finland [Video]

Northern lights illuminate sky above Finland

A colorful display of northern lights lit up the sky above Finland's northern Lapland region on Sunday (October 25) evening.

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For Lapland, Christmas won't be canceled, but... [Video]

For Lapland, Christmas won't be canceled, but...

Christmas is coming, but in Santa's home village in northern Finland, the COVID pandemic means that the flocks of tourists who usually start to make merry in Rovaniemi at this time of year are not

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Study suggests COVID-19 infects majority of bad dreams [Video]

Study suggests COVID-19 infects majority of bad dreams

In a paper published in Frontiers in Psychology, scientists used artificial intelligence to help analyze the dream content of close to a thousand people and found that the novel coronavirus had..

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COVID-sniffing dogs deployed at Helsinki airport [Video]

COVID-sniffing dogs deployed at Helsinki airport

Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus began sniffing passenger samples at Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport this week, authorities said, in a pilot project running alongside more usual testing..

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Stephen Kenny rues poor finishing as Republic suffer defeat against Finland [Video]

Stephen Kenny rues poor finishing as Republic suffer defeat against Finland

Stephen Kenny was left ruing his side’s lack of match sharpness and finishingtouch as the Republic of Ireland fell to the first defeat of his reign asmanager. Ireland’s 1-0 loss to Finland in the..

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Ryan Giggs praises hard work and concentration as Wales defeat Finland [Video]

Ryan Giggs praises hard work and concentration as Wales defeat Finland

Ryan Giggs praised Wales’ desire and focus after seeing his side start theirNations League campaign with victory in Finland. Kieffer Moore’s 80th-minutefinish from close range secured a 1-0 win at..

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Finnish ice hockey fans threaten club with boycott over game in violence-torn Minsk [Video]

Finnish ice hockey fans threaten club with boycott over game in violence-torn Minsk

fans say it would risk legitimising the authority of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, who was elected for a sixth term after a hugely contested presidential election on August 9.View on euronews

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Gareth Bale says it is 'surreal' to be a Wales elder ahead of Finland clash [Video]

Gareth Bale says it is 'surreal' to be a Wales elder ahead of Finland clash

Gareth Bale has paid tribute to his country's supporters and said it is"surreal" to be one of Wales' senior players ahead of their against Finland.Bale – who is contracted to Real until June 2022 –..

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Malta envoy to Helsinki resigns after comparing Merkel to Hitler

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Finland to let restaurants, theatres reopen from June 1 as curbs ease

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Russia flies nuclear-capable bombers over Baltic Sea in training exercise

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Finland PM to work from home as precaution against coronavirus

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin will work from home from Thursday as a precaution against possible exposure to the coronavirus, her office said.
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Finland adopts hybrid strategy to contain coronavirus

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Finland's emergency supply agency head quits over face mask purchase

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Finland will start tracking the spread of the new coronavirus in its population with randomised antibody tests, its public health authority said on Tuesday.
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Finland's government on Tuesday extended and tightened border controls restricting travel to and from the country until May 13 in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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