Showing posts with label suomi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label suomi. Show all posts

13 September 2011

The Ancient World of the Finnish People

Published by Kenneth S. Doig

In the year of 98 AD, the famous Roman historian Tacitus wrote the most detailed early description of Fenni, a people of the north. This was probably the first reference to the Finns in recorded history. According to Tacitus, the poor and savage Fenni lived somewhere in the north-eastern Baltic region.

This northern region Tacitus mentioned, was at that time already inhabited by peoples of various origin. Although Tacitus my have been referring to the Sami people, it is quite possible that even at this early date the ancestral Finns were already entering this area. The Finns are believed to be a northern branch of the ancient Finno-Ugric tribes that left central Asia during the period of great migrations.

22 July 2011

SF : Finland : Suomi

[Credit: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.]Published by Kenneth S. Doig

Official name Suomen Tasavalta (Finnish); Republiken Finland (Swedish) (Republic of Finland)
Form of government multiparty republic with one legislative house (Parliament [200])
Head of state President
Head of government Prime Minister
Capital Helsinki (Helsingfors in Swedish)
Official languages none_Finnish and Swedish are national (not official) languages
Official religion none
Monetary unit euro (€)
Population (2010 est.) 5,364,000
Total area (sq mi) 130,666
Total area (sq km) 338,424


Finland is a country located in northern Europe. Finland is one of the world’s most northern and geographically remote countries and is subject to a severe climate. Nearly two-thirds of Finland is blanketed by thick woodlands, making it the most densely forested country in Europe. Finland also forms a symbolic northern border between western and eastern Europe: dense wilderness and Russia to the east, the Gulf of Bothnia and Sweden to the west.

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