Finland is in Northern Europe and has borders with Russia to the east, Norway to the north, and Sweden to the west. The country is a thoroughly modern welfare state with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, but still offers vast areas of unspoiled nature.
Helsinki or Helsingfors is the capital of Finland. Founded in 1550, the "Daughter of the Baltic" has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St.
Tampere is the third largest city in Finland with around 215,000 inhabitants. Being located 170 km north of the Finnish coastal capital Helsinki, it is also the biggest inland town in the whole Nordic region.
Western Finland is a former province of Finland. In 2010, it was administratively split into Western and Inner Finland, for Tampere and the coast near Vaasa, and Southwestern Finland, for the area near Turku.