TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
Railroads: 5,905 kilometers (Russian
meters) in operation, of which about 500 kilometers
multipletrack and 1,445 kilometers electrified in 1987. Railroads
primarily for bulk commodities because of growing
Highways: About 76,000 kilometers in 1987
43,000 paved). Another 30,000 kilometers of private,
Inland Waterways: About 9,200 kilometers of
used by wood industries to move forest products downstream
processing centers and on to ports for export. Another
kilometers of internal waterways for general use,
70 kilometers of canals.
Ports: Seven major ports, many minor ports. Most
blocked by ice in winter.
Civil Airports: Helsinki airport handled most
international traffic; about forty smaller airports served
Telecommunications: Excellent system covering
cities; mobile telephones widely used in rural areas.
Data as of December 1988