The Finland essentials section features useful links to webpages by organisations and webservices offered by the public administration. The links offer essential facts about Finnish society and culture. The links have been grouped under seven topics.
Nature and geography
The Finnish nature is unique and diverse. Basic information about Finnish environment is available in the form of statistics, maps and articles.
- Statistics Finland - Environment and natural resources
Statistics on geographical data, centigrade, emissions and protected and wilderness areas in Finland.
- Findicator's statistics on environment and natural resources
Information about mean temperature changes and other statistical points of view on environment and natural resources.
- Finnish meteorological institute
Forecasts, observations, warnings and statistics about weather and air quality.
- thisisFINLAND - Nature and the Environment
Articles about Finnish nature and environmental protection.
- Maps on the web - MapSite
The map of Finland in various scales; towns, cities and street addresses. Aerial images.
Statistics on the population in Finland give numeric information about various phenomena, population structure and changes over the years. The population forecasts reflect the future development.
- Findicator's statistics on population
Information about population changes and other statistics on population structure.
- Population Register Centre
The Population Information System contains basic information about Finnish citizens and foreign citizens residing permanently in Finland.
- Statistics Finland - Population
Population forecasts and statistics on the population structure, families and the regional distribution of the population.
- The Finnish immigration service - Statistics
Statistics on asylum seekers, refugees, deportation and different citizenships in Finland.
Economy and business life
National economy and business life have an effect on the welfare of every citizen. Research institutes and the Ministry of finance follow the national economy in the form of statistics and forecasts.
- Statistics Finland - National accounts
Statistics on gross domestic product, national balance of supply and demand, net national income and current account.
- Findicator's statistics on economy
Information about the development of the gross domestic product and other statistics on the national economy.
- Economic prospects
The ministry of finance monitors, forecasts and analyses the economic development in Finland. The ministry publishes surveys and forecasts about the economic development.
- Finland's bank
Publications and statistics by the monetary authority and general information about monetary policy and maintenance of currency supply among other things.
- Customs - Foreign trade statistics
Statistics on the goods trade between Finland and other states. The statistics concern the value and transports of foreign trade and border traffic.
Public social and health services are arranged for the whole population. The aim is to maintain health and wellbeing in different population groups.
- Ministry of social affairs and health - Social and health services
Information about the aims of the social welfare and health care policy and a description of the social welfare and health care system.
- Ministry of social affairs and health - Welfare and health promotion
Information about ways to promote the welfare and health of the population.
- National institute for health and welfare - Information about health and welfare
Material about health and welfare in Finland.
Communication and media
To a significant extent society's operations are based on exploiting electronic information and communications networks. The way the citizens use the means of communication is studied and compiled in statistics.
- Ministry of Transport and Communications - Communications policy
Information about communications policy, Finnish broadcasting company, public service, postal operations and broadband.
- Finnish communications Regulatory Authority - Surveys and statistics
Surveys, statistics and summaries about means of communication and information about competition and development on the branch.
- Statistics Finland - Culture and the Media
Statistics on libraries, literature, newspapers, periodicals and cinemas.
- Statistics Finland - Science, technology and information society
Statistics on research and development expenditure, communications and information technology in households.
Roughly speaking the history of Finland can be divided in to two eras; the era of great powers and the era of independent Finland. The past times have had their share in shaping the post-war, modern society.
- Finnish history - Infopankki
Cross-section of the history from the first inhabitants until today.
- 1809 - Building a nation
Information about the meaning of Swedish and Russian rule for the Finnish society. Timeline of Finland’s history between 1155 and 1816.
- thisisFINLAND - History
Articles related to Finlands history.
National symbols and holidays
The essential annual holidays relate to national traditions and religious feasts. The national and regional symbols are used both on feast days and in everyday life.
- Ministry of the Interior - The flag, arms and days the flag is flown
Rules and regulations concerning the flying of the Finnish flag. The history of the Finnish flag and arms.
- Finnish literature society - Kalevala
Authorative information on the Finnish national epic.
- Evangelical-lutheran church - Church year
The calendar of the evangelical-lutheran church year.