Suomi has gained independence from the Swedish Empire in 1738. It is a member of the World Council and a founding member of the Global Alliance of Arctic Nations.
Suomi has been settled for approximately 10,000 years. At the PoD, it was inhabited by an agriculturalist bronze age culture in the South and by a hunter-and-gatherer culture in the North. Quicker economic and political developments in comparison to OTL have brought Suomi under earlier domination by the (pagan) Kingdom of Svearike-Sjonarike, which cunningly forged alliances with some Finnish tribes against others to conquer more and more parts of Suomi.
In 711, Svearike-Sjonarike forged an alliance with the Finnish tribe of the Tavasti (living in central Southern Finland) against another Finnish tribe, the Yem (living in Western Finland). Together, they defeated the strong tribe of the Yem, enslaved many of them and installed a loyal Yem chief as the new count of "Finnland", as the Swedes called it. The new province was governed from the fortified capital at Turun Kaupungi.
Although they had been allies, the Tavasti soon became the victims of Swedish slave hunters, who operated from the new Swedish province, and of pirates and bandits, who raided Tavastia with tacit Swedish consent. In 792, Svearike-Sjonarike built the fortress of Helsingborg at the Southern shore of present-day Suomi in lands which had been inhabited by Tavasti (but had been partly abandoned due to the frequent raids), feigning the intention to "protect" the lands from piracy. From Helsingborg, explorations and settlement in Southern Suomi began with increased intensity.
74 % of Suomi`s population speak Finnish as their mother tongue, 22 % speak Swedish.
A majority of Suomalaiset adhere to shamanist religious practices. Atheists as well as Olavist, Celtic and Apostolic Christians represent significant minorities. Among the Swedish-speaking population, Germanic cults are dominant.
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