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Guru studio 3

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A: Guru studio 2

by Rami Saarikorpi, 10 meters away

Guru studio 2

B: Guru studio 1

by Rami Saarikorpi, 10 meters away

Guru studio 1

C: Loka karting

by Rami Saarikorpi, 1.3 km away

Loka karting

D: Sally and the Slackers

by Rami Saarikorpi, 2.0 km away

Sally and the Slackers

E: Sallys2009 Out

by Rami Saarikorpi, 2.1 km away

Sallys2009 Out

F: pekkalansilta1

by Rami Saarikorpi, 2.4 km away

pekkalansilta1

G: Karsikko beach

by Henri Partanen, 2.7 km away

Karsikko beach in winter night time.

Karsikko beach

H: Onkilampi auroras

by Henri Partanen, 2.8 km away

The brightest auroras in decade.

Onkilampi auroras

I: Ortodoksinen kirkko

by Rami Saarikorpi, 2.8 km away

Ortodoksinen kirkko

J: Ufs Joensuu

by Rami Saarikorpi, 3.1 km away

Ufs Joensuu

This panorama was taken in Joensuu, 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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