Artificial light pillars and New Year's fireworks
Happy 2012 to all. There were some artificial light pillars amongst the usual fireworks. Note how the brightest of them have a Y-shaped top.
The water near the pool is kept in motion by a propellor. The foot path is partly electrically heated...
Only a small part of the beach shore is not snow covered. Photo's taken on March 15, 2011.
The building houses toilets and change rooms, but is not open in winter time. Photo's taken on March ...
Children's slide in the snow on the shore of Siilinjärvi lake. Photo's taken on March 15, 2011.
Photo's taken on March 15, 2011.
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.