Finland (Country) (DC Comics)



Finland i/ˈfɪnlənd/ ( Finnish: Suomi; Swedish: Finland), officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland.
Around 5.4 million people reside in Finland, with the majority concentrated in the southern region. It is the eighth largest country in Europe in terms of area and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. Finland is a parliamentary republic with a central government based in Helsinki and local governments in 336 municipalities, and an autonomous region of the Åland Islands. About one million residents live in the Greater Helsinki area, which consists of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa, and a third of the country's GDP is produced there. Other larger cities include Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Lahti and Kuopio.
Finland was a part of Sweden from the 12th to 19th century, and from 1809 to 1917 was an autonomous Grand Duchy within the Russian Empire. The Finnish Declaration of Independence from Russia in 1917 was followed by a civil war in which the red side was defeated with German support. Finland fought World War II as essentially three separate conflicts: the Winter War (1939–40), the Continuation War (1941–44), and the Lapland War (1944–45). Finland joined the United Nations in 1955, the OECD in 1969, the European Union in 1995, and the eurozone at its inception in 1999.
Finland was a relative latecomer to industrialisation, remaining a largely agrarian country until the 1950s. Thereafter, economic development was rapid. Finland built an extensive welfare state and balanced between the East and the West in global economics and politics. With the best educational system in Europe,[9][10] Finland has recently ranked as one of the world's most peaceful, competitive and livable countries.

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Flash Vol 2 #7 (December, 1987)
Created by: Dick Giordano, Jackson Guice, Larry Mahlstedt, Mike Baron, Jackson Guice, Larry Mahlstedt, Carl Gafford, Steve Haynie, Mike Gold 

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Official Name: The Republic of Finland
Aliases: Suomi
Type: Country
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Universe: Real World, New Earth, Earth-50
Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol
Planet: Earth

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(2008 est.): 5,244,749

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Finland is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe. It borders Sweden on the west, Russia on the east, and Norway on the north, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland. The capital city is Helsinki.

Earth-50

Finland was previously taken over by Finnish superhuman Lemminkäinen Hämäläinen by affecting the people's minds. He made sure that the entire population was experimented on so he could have the country full of super powered beings. This forces Lemminkäinen's brother Jukko to stop him. Because of the feedback caused by Jukko's powers during his final confrontation with his brother, the entire country felt the pain of eight million Finns that had been killed. The results were fatal. Furthermore, Finland is still covered by this feedback which became known as the Masking Wall. After some time, the less than 2,000 surviving Finns emerged from the vast cemetery their country had become, reaching Sweden for medical care and revealing to the world what had happened in Finland.
Over time, the surviving Finns - all of them superhumans of some kind - decided that they would leave the Masking Wall up and turn their country into a haven for refugees all over the world, as long as they were willing to learn the Finnish language and weren't superhumans. This meant the Finns themselves would leave - but keep a watchful eye on Finland, and crush anybody trying something suspicious against their superhuman-free haven.

Since the World's End, Finland became one of the very few unaffected and safest places on Earth which houses large number of surviving refugees thanks to the Masking Wall. However, The High, who has been helping bring refugees to The Wall, found reason to be suspicious of the activities within Finland. Eventually High's suspicion was proven correct as he infiltrated the nation, while depowered, and discover that Kherans have taken control over Finland under a brutal military reign over the human refugees. The reason for the Kherans' presence in Finland is that the generator powering the Masking Wall somehow snagged a quantum tether and opened a rift into the Bleed. And from within the Bleed, the Kheran warship, The Red Blade, was trapped in that space for ten millennia after banishing dimensional alien forces back into the Bleed. And with the rift open, The Red Blade escape and its crew, the Knights of Khera, planned to conquer and make Earth their new home.

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