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Finland is located in Northern Europe. It is a member of the European Union, NATO and Schengen Convention. Finland’s neighbors are Sweden, Norway, Russia and Estonia. The coastal line is more than 1100 km. Finland is also called the “country of thousand lakes”. The first inhabitants of Finland were the Lapps, so Finland is also called Lapland. After Finns moved to the area Finnish Grand Duchy was established. In the 12th century Finland was conquered by Sweden. After the Swedish Russian war in 1809 Finland became a part of the Russian Empire. In 1917 independent Republic of Finland was declared. Today Finland is one of highly developed countries in the world. The economic relations between China and Finland are developing rapidly, China is the most important economic partner in Asia for Finland and for China Finland is the most important partner in Northern Europe.