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Uneton Yö 19-08-2011, people dancing with Siilinjärvi folk dancers

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Siilinjärven kansantanssijat ('kansantanssi' meaning folk dancing in English) directing a folk dance. The festival itself is called Uneton Yö (engl. 'sleepless night', site at http://www.unetonyo.fi/).

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A: Ordinary day in Siilinjärvi

by Janne, 10 meters away

Ordinary day in Siilinjärvi

B: Fountain's coloured lights

by Janne, 10 meters away

The LEDs change periodically in colour.

Fountain's coloured lights

C: Uneton Yö 19-08-2011, karate show

by Janne, 20 meters away

I believe these guys are from Siilinjärvi's karate association.

Uneton Yö 19-08-2011, karate show

D: Outside bank office

by Janne, 50 meters away

Outside bank office

E: Uneton Yö 19-08-2011, tractor pulling contest

by Janne, 140 meters away

Tractor pulling, fastest time wins.

Uneton Yö 19-08-2011, tractor pulling contest

F: Reflection from the puddle

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Neon lights are reflected from the small puddle. Another Saturday night full of nothing in this littl...

Reflection from the puddle

G: Ahti Sonninen memorial, Siilinjärvi

by Janne, 180 meters away

Ahti Sonninen memorial, Siilinjärvi

I: Kuiluntie 10 construction site

by Janne, 210 meters away

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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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