History Sweden lost it’s position as a great power in the 18th century and the pressure of Russia increased.
Finland became an autonomous Grand Duchy in the Russian Empire in 1809.
On 6 December 1917, the Parliament approved the Declaration of Independence.
Finland joined the European Union in 1995, and the Eurozone in 1999.
Curiosities - Traditions Sauna The traditional sauna is a wooden building where the bathers sit on benches splashing water on hot stones of a stove and gently beating themselves with leafy birch whisks.
Santa Claus The real Santa Claus lives in Finland, in Sápmi.