Finland represents the traditions of the Nordic welfare state model. Equality between men and women has been emphasised in the Finnish model, and the welfare system has played a crucial role in that.
The population of Finland is 5.4 million. Population density is low, only 15.7 people per square kilometre. Most of the population is concentrated in the south, especially in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, which is a home to 1.3 million people. Other large cities are Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa and Turku in the south and Oulu in the north.
Most Finns belong to the Evangelical-Lutheran Church (about 78%) while 1.1% belong to the Finnish Orthodox Church. In general, Finnish people are fairly secular in their views, and religion does not play a big part in everyday life. Approximately 19.5%of the population is without religious affiliation.
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