Finland is a nation in Scandinavia. Finland borders Sweden and Norway to the northwest and Russia to the east. Finland has historically been under the influence of its two larger neighbors, and it only gained independence in 1918 after the October Revolution. Finland fought on the Axis side during World War II because of the Soviet invasion. After the war, Finland experienced economic prosperity, and today has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Its capital and largest city is Helsinki. The Finns are unique as one of the few European peoples to not be of Indo-European descent; they, like the Hungarians and Estonians, are Uralic.