The Republic of Finland is a country in northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden on the west, Norway on the north and Russia on the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland. The capital city is Helsinki.
Finland was part of Sweden from 1249 to 1809, then an autonomous Grand Duchy within the Russian Empire. Finland's declaration of independence from Russia in 1917 was followed by a civil war. During World War II, Finland fought two wars against the Soviet Union, and, as a consequence, Finland became a co-belligerent with Nazi Germany for a time. In 1944, Finland made peace with the USSR and fought Germany. Finland joined the United Nations in 1955, the OECD in 1969, and the European Union in 1995.
At the time of the Ring of Fire, Finland was still part of Sweden's empire. During the Thirty Years' War, Finnish troops flocked to Gustavus Adolphus's banner. They gained a fierce reputation among their opponents on the continent, where they were known for their battle cry of hakkaa päälle.
Due to the arrival of the Americans, Finland would still be part of Sweden.