Kuopio Airport in Rissala, Siilinjärvi
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Kuopio Airport in Rissala, Siilinjärvi

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This is the luggage/customs area of Rissala airport in Siilinjärvi. International Air Transport Association (IATA) calls it KUO and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) calls it EFKU. The airport is mostly used by Finnair, Finncomm Airlines, Blue1 and Air Baltic from Riga. The station serves around 300 000 people annually. Airport is also used by the Finnish Defense Forces by their Carelian Air Command (Karjalan Lennosto). About half of the flights on the port are by the military. Upstairs is located restaurant Suihkari which offers a view over the whole runway.

Finnish Wikipedia article: fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuopion_lentoasema
English Wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuopio_Airport
The official site (in Finnish): finavia.fi/lentoasemat/lentoasema_kuopio

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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!

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Text by Steve Smith.

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