[fin-luh nd]
  1. Finnish Suomi. a republic in N Europe: formerly a province of the Russian Empire. 130,119 sq. mi. (337,010 sq. km). Capital: Helsinki.
  2. Gulf of, an arm of the Baltic, S of Finland. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of finland

Historical Examples of finland

  • When everything was ready, he and his sailors set out for Finland.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • But the wise men of Norway and Finland assembled and gave the king advice.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • A girl came in, a friend of Rachel, who had been in Finland when the war began.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • In Finland women may not only vote, but also sit in Parliament.

  • Contains documents on the history of Finland from 1335 to 1524.

British Dictionary definitions for finland


  1. a republic in N Europe, on the Baltic Sea: ceded to Russia by Sweden in 1809; gained independence in 1917; Soviet invasion successfully withstood in 1939–40, with the loss of Karelia; a member of the European Union. It is generally low-lying, with about 50 000 lakes, extensive forests, and peat bogs. Official languages: Finnish and Swedish. Religion: Christian, Lutheran majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Helsinki. Pop: 5 266 114 (2013 est). Area: 337 000 sq km (130 120 sq miles)Finnish name: Suomi
  2. Gulf of Finland an arm of the Baltic Sea between Finland, Estonia, and Russia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

finland in Culture


Republic in northern Europe, bordered by the Gulf of Bothnia (an arm of the Baltic Sea) and Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, Russia to the east, and the Gulf of Finland (another arm of the Baltic) and the Baltic Sea to the south. Its capital and largest city is Helsinki.


Despite centuries of cultural, political, and economic domination by the Russian empire and the former Soviet Union, Finland has managed to maintain an independent identity.
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