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The Republic of Finland is an unitary parliamentary republic, covering 338.424 square kilometres. It is the home of 5.488.543 citizens of which 72% are Christians.
The currency is Euro, worth 7,46 Danish Krone. The GDP is US$234.578 billion.
The temperateness varies considerably between the southern coastal regions and the extreme north, showing characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate.
The fauna is quite diverse, with over 260 species of carnivorans. Among the more interesting larger mammals are the Eurasian elk (Alces alces), Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), Wild boar (Sus scrofa), Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), Raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), Wolverine (Gulo gulo), European otter (Lutra lutra), Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber), Grey wolf (Canis lupus) and the Brown bear (Ursus arctos).
Much of Finland is dominated by conifers, but in the extreme south there is a zone of deciduous trees comprising mainly birch, hazel, aspen, maple, elm, linden, and alder. The conifers are mainly pine and spruce. Pine extends to the extreme north, where it can be found among the dwarf arctic birch and pygmy willow. I have not favourites, and nothing in particular I will be looking for.