The national flag of Finland called Siniristilippu meaning Blue Cross Flag, was adopted in 1920. The color blue represent the country’s lakes (there are over 187,000 of them), and also the blue sky and white represent peace and the winter’s snow.
The coat of arms of Finland is a crowned lion on a red field, the right forepaw replaced with an armoured hand brandishing a sword, trampling on a saber with the hindpaws. The coat of arms was originally created around the year 1580. There are of course no lions in Finland, but the heraldic lion is quite common in Western Europe, and several European countries incorporate it into their national coats of arms.
Finland became a member of the European Union in 1995 and adopted the Euro currency in 2002. Elections are decided by proportional representation using the D’Hondt method, which is a little different to the Australian system.