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Abandoned house.

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Images à proximité de Finland

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A: Sänkimäki observation tower, Nilsiä

Par Janne, à 40 mètres

We were there to photograph the lunar eclipse. As usual, it was cloudy for the whole eclipse.

Sänkimäki observation tower, Nilsiä

C: Bird hide at Raasio

Par Ville Miettinen, A 7.7 km

Raasio's hide, this are is well known for being good habitat to all kinds of waterfowls.

Bird hide at Raasio

D: Phosphate mine truck crossing road

Par Jan Mulder, A 7.9 km

This road crossing with the Raasiontie, for dump trucks transporting phosphate rock from the largest ...

Phosphate mine truck crossing road

E: Phosphate mine truck "dumper" crossing to the south

Par Jan Mulder, A 7.9 km

Dump truck driving for Yara International, which currently exploits the largest open phosphate mining...

Phosphate mine truck "dumper" crossing to the south

F: Phosphate mine truck "dumper" crossing to the north

Par Jan Mulder, A 7.9 km

Dump truck working for Yara International, which currently exploits the largest open pit phosphate mi...

Phosphate mine truck "dumper" crossing to the north

G: The banks of Yara's landfill area

Par Janne, A 9.4 km

The large plain area you see in the south is actually filled with water that has sept from the landfi...

The banks of Yara's landfill area

H: Hannonmäki, Siilinjärvi

Par Tatu, A 9.8 km

Hannonmäki, Siilinjärvi

I: Yara, Siilinjärvi

Par Janne, A 10.6 km

Yara, Siilinjärvi

J: Yara at night

Par Janne, A 10.9 km

This is the Siilinjärvi factory of Yara (formerly Kemira) that produces fertilizers and other phospha...

Yara at night

Ce panorama é été pris à Finland

Ceci est un aperçu de Finland

Finland is the jam. It came from an exploding egg, the egg of a water bird, the top half of which you can still see in the shape of the starry canopy that hangs over the earth.

Finland is the most sparsely-populated country in the EU with only 5 million people. It's also been ranked the second most stable country in the world, after Norway.

Historically, Finland has been a part of Sweden and later, Russia. It was an autonomous Grand Duchy during the Russian Empire's reign and lasted as such until their declaration of independence in 1917. Subsequently Finland survived a civil war and wars against both Russia and Nazi Germany to eventually settle down as an EU member circa 1955.

Finnish language is cool, it's totally unrelated to the whole Latin-root thing. Its closest relative is Hungarian. Linguistic historians estimate that it came from northern central Russia from 3000BC.

If you're in Helsinki, the museum at Suomenlinna has some interesting bunkers and military wreckage, including a submarine!

Caught on camera! Here's your long-awaited proof. Santa Claus comes from Finland.

Apart from Lappland, the other thing most people are familiar with out of Finland is aquavite. Literally it translates to "water of life" but it may make you feel more like you are dying when it hits your throat.

Text by Steve Smith.

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