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- Stats for Finland
Finns are racially and linguistically distinct from the other Scandinavian nations. Finland has been strongly influenced and sometimes attacked by neighboring Russia.
Top 25 Stats
Human Development Index- 24th; Internet Access- 94.01% (6th); Gospel Visits to Non-Christians- 91.69% (18th); Gospel Visits to non-Evangelicals-18.31% (21st); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians- 5.37% (25th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Finns (97.6%); Other European groups (0.9%); Saami (0.05%).
Finnish, Swedish, Saami, Sign language
Has a strong economy from high-tech and exports; Some unemployment within minorities.
History / Politics
Ruled by Sweden for 700 years, then Russia 100 years; Independence in 1917. Has a stable, multi-party democracy, and is a member of the European Union.
Largely secular society, even though Christians are 84% of nation; Only 8% go to church. Last revival came in the 1960’s; Strong belief in the power of human reason. Lutheran church has a stronger evangelical tradition than most state churches. Finland has a deeply private culture, making discipleship among men difficult. GMO visits suggest it is somewhat more open to the Gospel than other Nordic nations.
Pray that the affluence of the society would not seduce people away from the Gospel. Pray the Lord would have a revival among the 84% who say they are Christians. Pray that the number of evangelical Christians in the country would increase. Pray that the hearts of men would be moved for their need of the Savior. Pray that even more people would commit to the Lord through GMO gospel sites.