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    Finland Introduction - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/finland/finland_introduction.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Background Ruled by Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries and by Russia from 1809, Finland finally won its independence in 1917. During World War II, it was able to successfully defend its freedom and fend off invasions by the Soviet Union and Germany. In the subsequent half century, the Finns have made a remarkable transformation from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy; per capita income is now on par with Western Europe. As a member of the European Union, Finland was the only Nordic state to join the euro system at its initiation in January 1999.

      NOTE: The information regarding Finland on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Finland Introduction 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Finland Introduction 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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