One of the most northerly countries in the world, Finland is located in the northern part of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Norway, to the west by Sweden and to the east by Russia. The southern and south-western coasts face the Baltic Sea. The northern quarter of the country is inside the Arctic Circle.
The land consists mainly of a low-lying plateau formed by ancient glaciers and is pockmarked by thousands of relatively shallow lakes. In the south these lakes take up almost 20% of the land area. Forests cover 65% of the land and forestry is a major industry. The total land area is 304,610 sq km (117,610 sq miles).
The Population of 5.2 million (2000 figure) comprises 93% of Finnish origin, with 7% other ethnic groups – including Lapps and Swedes. Some 89% of the people are Evangelical Lutherans, 1% Roman Catholic, 1% Finnish Orthodox and 9% other faiths. The capital city is Helsinki.
Summary Narrative History
Timeline – Key Dates in Finnish History
Further National Information
BBC News Profile: Denmark
Yahoo Finland page
wikipedia: History of Finland
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Finland.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Finnish civil aircraft were registered in the series K-Sxxx onwards from 1923, but this changed to OH-AAA onwards in 1931.
An incomplete all-time Finnish civil aircraft register listing is here.
Military Air Arms
Current military air arms-
Air Force (Suomen Ilmavoimat)
Army Aviation (Suomen Maavoimat)
Central Government Agencies
Border Guard (Rajavartiolaitos)
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation – Copterline, HeliFlite
Police (Poliisi) – no aviation branch
wikipedia: Airlines of Finland
The World’s Airlines: Finland
To be added
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Airports in Finland
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
Karhulan Ilmailukerhon Lentomuseo
Museokoneiden Varasohangaari Lahti-Vesivehmaa
Päijät-Häme Aviation Museum
Key Airshow Dates
Magazines Guide for Finland
Finnish Aviation Bibliography – to be added
Finnish airfields website
Finnish aviation-related info and photos
Finnish airport operator
Aviation Museums Finland
Visitor data and exhibits for each location