Finland is a parliamentary
republic officially known as the Republic of Finland. It has a
poplulation of about 6 million and is inhabited mainly in its southern
areas. Finland is a Scandinavia country bordered by Norway, Sweden
and Russia. Tallinn, Eastonia is directly across the bay. In the past Finland was part of Sweden and then
Russia. It gained independence from Russia in 1917 with German
assistance. The residents of Finland have one of the world's
highest per capita incomes and residents experience an extensive welfare
Finland participates in the Schengen
Zone and Schengen Visa requirements. That means there
are no border controls between members and no border inspections by
rail or vehicle when traveling from Finland to Sweden, Norway or Estonia. Some countries that are not
members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe. More
than 40 countries outside the Schengen Zone do not require a visa.
Exemptions include citizens of Australia,
Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United
States. Refer to the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs for Finland or check your specific country at VisaHQ.
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project
Finland is a member of the European Union and
participates fully as a member of the Eurozone, which means its currency
is the Euro.