Finland ended a 32-year absence from the World Championship last year and returned in emphatic fashion. Thousands of fans travelled to Poland to cheer for their team as it enjoyed a spirited run before eventually finishing 9th. It has taken part in the World Championship a total of seven times. In 2013 Finland finished 8th in the CEV Volleyball European Championship, repeating its feat from two years earlier to underline consistency at the continental level. The 2015 European Championship will be fifth in a row and sixteenth overall for this nation. Its best ever finish is the 4th place in 2007. Finland has been part of the FIVB World League for the last ten years and its best performance so far came in 2007 when the team finished 7th. The northern European country also won silver in the 2005 European League. It is now ranked #19 in the world and #8 in Europe.