Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east; Estonia lies to the south across the Gulf of Finland. Finland is part of the geographic region of Fennoscandia, which also includes Scandinavia and parts of Russia.
In 2013, Finland's population was around 5.5 million, with the majority living in its southern regions. In terms of area, it is the eighth largest country in Europe and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union.
No Tuition Fees
That’s right: It's free to study in Finland! While studying in most countries will require handing over an often-hefty tuition fee, Finland has somehow managed to keep university education entirely state-funded – even for international students. There are a few exceptions: some master’s courses charge fees to non EU/EEA students
If you think free things have little or no value, think again. Finland’s higher education system is widely respected as one of the world’s best. Eight of the country’s universities appear in the 2012/13 QS World Universities Ranking, and most moved up compared to the previous year. Highest positions go to: University of Helsinki (78), University of Turku (211), Aalto University (222) and University of Oulu (262).
High tech and the midnight sun – a country of contrast
The country is full of contrasts, making it an interesting destination. Finland has four distinct seasons, and get to enjoy phenomena such as the midnight sun in the summer and the polar night in the winter. Large rural areas and the highest technology within reach can be found all around Finland, in the north and south alike; development has spread everywhere without eating away Finland’s beautiful nature.
Their emphasis on nature makes Finland stand out from other European countries. They breathe clean air, and drink clean tap water. Nature is an integral part of the Finnish way of life for a very simple reason: it is everywhere.