The scenic country of Finland has about 60,000 lakes; most of them can be found in the central part of the country which is known as the Lake District. The lakes were gouged out of the landscape by glaciers during the Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago. Almost two thirds of the land remains forested and in some areas it has become home to bears, wolves and Arctic foxes. In the northernmost part of Finland, beyond the Arctic Circle, the country takes in part of Lapland. The Sami (Lapps) in this area are descendants of the earliest known people to settle in Finland.
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