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Aurora borealis midst the light pollution

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I've heard that there was a quite colourful show of these lights couple of nights ago. Of course it was cloudy back then...

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A: Noctilucent clouds 03-08-2010 II

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Noctilucent clouds 03-08-2010 II

B: Kids playing indoor soccer

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Kids playing indoor soccer

C: Ahmon koulu, Siilinjärvi

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Some kids were playing ping pong in the inner yard.I belive this part of the school was part of the t...

Ahmon koulu, Siilinjärvi

D: Wooden bridge over Siilinjoki

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This is old wooden bridge that crosses the river Siilinjoki. You can see the newer concrete bridge be...

Wooden bridge over Siilinjoki

E: Ahmon koulu, Siilinjärvi

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Point camera straight up and start spinning around: an optical illusion appears! There's also Finnish...

Ahmon koulu, Siilinjärvi

F: Noctilucent clouds 01-08-2011

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The biggest and brightest show of noctilucent clouds of summer 2011.

Noctilucent clouds 01-08-2011

G: Underpass on truck

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Underpass on  truck

H: Underpass on a truck, view from main road

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Underpass on a truck, view from main road

I: Noctilucent clouds 28-07-2010 III

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Noctilucent clouds 28-07-2010 III

J: Railroad to Yara facilities, Siilinjärvi

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Railroad to Yara facilities, Siilinjärvi



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.