Sunny day on the wintery beach
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Sunny day on the wintery beach

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A: Beach on a overcast day

by Janne, less than 10 meters away

Beach on a overcast day

B: Beach house on the shore of Siilinjärvi lake

by Jan Mulder, 10 meters away

The building houses toilets and change rooms, but is not open in winter time. Photo's taken on March ...

Beach house on the shore of Siilinjärvi lake

C: Mammatus clouds

by Janne, 40 meters away

Mammatus clouds

D: The platform gives access to a pool in the ice

by Jan Mulder, 50 meters away

Only a small part of the beach shore is not snow covered. Photo's taken on March 15, 2011.

The platform gives access to a pool in the ice

E: Sun behind birch tree

by Jan Mulder, 60 meters away

Photo's taken on March 15, 2011.

Sun behind birch tree

F: Pool in the ice of Siilinjärvi lake

by Jan Mulder, 70 meters away

The water near the pool is kept in motion by a propellor. The foot path is partly electrically heated...

Pool in the ice of Siilinjärvi lake

G: Artificial light pillars and New Year's fireworks

by Janne, 70 meters away

Happy 2012 to all. There were some artificial light pillars amongst the usual fireworks. Note how the...

Artificial light pillars and New Year's fireworks

H: Children's slide in the snow

by Jan Mulder, 70 meters away

Children's slide in the snow on the shore of Siilinjärvi lake. Photo's taken on March 15, 2011.

Children's slide in the snow

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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