Finland is one of the Nordic countries in northern Europe. It has land borders with Russia to the east and – in the north – Norway and Sweden. Ferries connect the country with Estonia, Germany and more southern parts of Sweden.
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.