Finland - Republic (1917- )
"The Republic of Finland (Finnish: Suomi, Sweden: Finland) is a coastal Nordic country bordering the Baltic Sea in the south-west, in the southeast to the Gulf of Finland, to the west of Botney Bay. By land, Finland in the west borders on Sweden, in the north to Norway, and in the east to Russia (the sea border with Estonia). The Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea are under Finnish sovereignty, but enjoy considerable self-government. Finland belongs to a group of 15 eurozone countries, which in 2002 replaced their national currencies for the euro. The country's national currency was until then a Finnish mark. "