Finland is a highly industrialised, largely free market economy with one of the highest per capita GDP in Europe. It is an EU member and has been in the Eurozone since 1999. Due to its northern location, Finland is very dependent on the export and import of a variety of goods. Traditionally it has also served as a trade link between east and west, providing connections between Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic Countries. Finland has quickly expanded from traditional industries to a modern high tech service society. Its vast natural resources include traditional paper and pulp, forestry, mechanical engineering and metal industries. The mix of industries and services offer a wide range of opportunities, not commonly found in a country of this size.