FINLAND, northern European nation considered one of the ‘Nordics‘ or Nordic countries.

DEMOGRAPHICS / ‘The workforce is shrinking as an especially pronounced post-war baby boom and subsequent bust takes its toll. The number of Finns aged 15-64 is falling by almost 0.5% a year’ (‘Finland’s economic winter: Permafrost’, The Economist 06th Feb 2016, p64).

ENERGY / ‘Finland’s four nuclear reactors operate at among the world’s highest utilisation rates, and supply 26% of its electricity, (‘To the next ice age and beyond’, The Economist 15th April 2017, p52).

GEOGRAPHY / Finland stretches from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic (‘Finland’s economic winter: Permafrost’, The Economist 06th Feb 2016, p64). The country shares an 800-mile (1,300km) border with Russia (The Economist, 29 January 2017, p24).