Finland is a Nordic country located in northern Europe. It shares borders with Sweden, Norway, and Russia, and has a coastline along the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic Sea. Finland is known for its natural beauty, with many lakes, forests, and islands making up its landscape. The country has a highly developed economy and a high standard of living, with a strong focus on education, innovation, and technology. Finland is also known for its design, with famous brands such as Marimekko and Iittala, and its cuisine, with popular dishes such as karjalanpiirakka and salmiakki. The capital city is Helsinki, and other major cities include Espoo, Vantaa, and Turku.