The city of Turku is situated in the southwest coast of Finland. It is the oldest city in Finland (est. 1229). The population in the metropolitan area (c. 200 000) is the third largest after the capital city with its environs (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa) and Tampere City.

The country itself is a member state of the European Union and compares roughly with the State of Minnesota in population, area, nature, and wildlife. However, most of the population is concentrated in the urban areas down south. Economically, Finland is perhaps best known for higher technology, ship yards and paper mills.

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