Old Rifle Factory
The building in the picture used to be a rifle factory. It was modified to a business park in the years 1999-2000, and now the building contains the offices of nearly 40 different companies.
Taken from a pedestrian bridge over a motorway near Jyväskylä. The Jyväsjärvi lake can be seen in the...
Taken on a wharf in the Lutakko district of Jyväskylä on an overcast autumn day. The lake is Jyväsjär...
Jyväskylä's pedestrian street ends to Kolmikulma, the nearest building in the view. The name of the b...
The Innova office building hosts mainly IT companies, but also has a a sauna at the top floor and a r...
A small climbing wall / art piece in a park in the Lutakko District in Jyväskylä, Finland. As can be ...
Lit steps at shore in Lutakko District of Jyväskylä. They're a part of the "Jyväskylä: City of Light"...
Hirvonen & Latvala in interview at Jyväskylä mm-Rally 2011
in Latvala's rally car
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.