Finland is often referred to as "the land of the thousand lakes. This is because the lakes and rivers account for around 10 percent of the country's land. Expansive forests cover most of Finland, making forestry a top-producing industry, with only 6 percent of the country considered arable.
Finland is located in Europe and was established as an independent nation in 1917. Finland is considered a republic, with a people-elected president and parliament responsible for the country's affairs. Finland is also known for its technology and metal industries and, as of 2014, produced the most mobile phones of any country in the world.