Siilinjoki river flooding into lowlands
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Siilinjoki river flooding into lowlands

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B: Nocturnal Moon halo over Sahara ice hockey rink, Siilinjärvi

by Janne, 130 meters away

This is the empty and darkened ice hockey rink in Sahara, Siilinjärvi. I don't know if the name "Saha...

Nocturnal Moon halo over Sahara ice hockey rink, Siilinjärvi

C: Päivärinteen koulu, Siilinjärvi

by Janne, 160 meters away

Päivärinteen koulu, Siilinjärvi

D: Flooding Siilinjoki

by Janne, 260 meters away

Siilinjoki river at its fullest. In the upstream is visible old mill.

Flooding Siilinjoki

E: Noctilucent clouds 03-08-2010

by Janne, 270 meters away

Noctilucent clouds 03-08-2010

F: Juniors playing baseball

by Janne, 270 meters away

Juniors playing baseball

G: Springtime in Siilinjärvi

by Janne, 320 meters away

Down the metal stairs is Sahara's sports fields and behind the fields flows the river Siilinjoki. Fur...

Springtime in Siilinjärvi

H: Decommisioned wooden bridge over Siilinjoki

by Janne, 350 meters away

The wooden bridge is now forbidden to use for cars, trucks and anything heavier than pedestrians and ...

Decommisioned wooden bridge over Siilinjoki

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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