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A: Drawing room

by Sergey Zhurov, less than 10 meters away

Drawing room

B: Barbecue

by Sergey Zhurov, less than 10 meters away

Barbecue

C: Forest

by Sergey Zhurov, 10 meters away

Forest

D: Lake Saimaa in an ice

by Sergey Zhurov, 10 meters away

Lake Saimaa in an ice

E: Sauna

by Sergey Zhurov, 10 meters away

Sauna

F: Winter in Saimaa

by pasi_pulkkinen, 9.2 km away

Winter in Saimaa

G: Winter night in Saimaa

by pasi_pulkkinen, 9.6 km away

Sun is going down. It is cold winter night, quiet and beautiful moment.

Winter night in Saimaa

H: Almost winter night

by pasi_pulkkinen, 9.6 km away

Moon light and beautiful night clouds over a lake. It is almost winter. Temperature is -20 degrees ce...

Almost winter night

I: Rakovuori

by pasi_pulkkinen, 11.5 km away

Natural fun park for children. Nice caves and big rocks with free space between and under.

Rakovuori

J: Rakovuori 2

by pasi_pulkkinen, 11.5 km away

Natural fun park for children. Nice caves and big rocks with free space between and under.

Rakovuori 2

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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