The Republic of 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. Finland is a parliamentary republic with a central government based in the capital Helsinki, local governments in 317 municipalities, and an autonomous region, the Åland Islands.
Finland was a relative latecomer to industrialisation, remaining a largely agrarian country until the 1950s. It rapidly developed an advanced economy while building an extensive Nordic-style welfare state, resulting in widespread prosperity and one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
Finland is a top performer in numerous metrics of national performance, including education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, quality of life, and human development. In 2015, Finland is ranked first in the World Human Capital and the Press Freedom Index, and as the most stable country in the world in the Failed States Index. In 2010, Newsweek chose Finland as the best country in the world.
This is my very special Christmas gift of 2015 sent from Santa Claus's post office in Finland called Napapiiri belongs to Lapland region. This cover arranged by my good friend Kimmo with selected stamps of Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). I also received a letter from Santa too. The cover posted on December 16, 2015 and I received on December 23, 2015. Thank You Kimmo for the perfectly postmarked cover in this special occasion.This beautiful cover sent by my friend Nina from Oulu, Finland. She went to the main post office and requested for perfect hand cancellation too. Thank You very much Nina for the nice cover.
This nice cover sent by my good from Kimmo from Pori in Finland. He is a popular cover collector too. He always send perfectly hand cancelled covers with thematic stamps. Thanks a lot Kimmo for the perfect covers of Finland.