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Panoramic photo by Janne EXPERT Taken 22:07, 08/07/2010 - Views loading...

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Arcus cloud

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B: Arcus cloud and outflow boundary

by Janne, 10 meters away

Arcus cloud and outflow boundary

C: Noctilucent clouds 03-08-2010

by Janne, 20 meters away

Noctilucent clouds 03-08-2010

D: Autumn night by the lake

by Janne, 20 meters away

The easily recognizable green glow in the northern horizon is aurora borealis or northern lights lurk...

Autumn night by the lake

E: Noctilucent clouds and waterlilies

by Janne, 20 meters away

The red band in the very edge of the visible noctilucent cloud is caused by optical absorption in the...

Noctilucent clouds and waterlilies

F: Under an outflow boundary

by Janne, 20 meters away

Under an outflow boundary

G: Rising storm

by Janne, 20 meters away

Rising storm

H: View from a snow heap

by Jan Mulder, 30 meters away

Snow shoveled from the road is piled to a large heap, which gives a good spot for this panorama on th...

View from a snow heap

I: Artificial light pillars and New Year's fireworks

by Janne, 110 meters away

Happy 2012 to all. There were some artificial light pillars amongst the usual fireworks. Note how the...

Artificial light pillars and New Year's fireworks

J: Pool in the ice of Siilinjärvi lake

by Jan Mulder, 120 meters away

The water near the pool is kept in motion by a propellor. The foot path is partly electrically heated...

Pool in the ice of Siilinjärvi lake

This panorama was taken in Finland

This is an overview of 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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