Flight connections Direct flights from many European, American and Asian cities to Helsinki, domestic flights from Helsinki to other cities in the country. Open domestic flights map
Ferry connections There is international passenger and cargo traffic from Helsinki and Turku. Helsinki has ferry connections to Germany (Travemünde, Rostock), Poland (Gdynia), Sweden (Stockholm) and Estonia (Tallinn).
Public transport Train: www.vr.fi Railroads: Open map Bus: www.matkahuolto.fi
Politics Republic, parliamentary democracy, member of the European Union as well as UN, OECD and WTO
Population 5.3 million of which 62% live in towns or urban areas, 38% in rural areas.
Biggest cities Capital city Helsinki with population of 564,000 and about a million with neighboring cities Espoo and Vantaa included. Other principal cities Tampere (206,000), Turku (175,000) and Oulu (140,000).
Location Northern Europe, between Sweden and Russia.
Official languages Finnish, Swedish. English is widely spoken.