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Panorama's in de omgeving van Finland

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

door Janne, 190 hier vandaan

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

B: Flooding Siilinjoki

door Janne, 220 hier vandaan

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

Flooding Siilinjoki

C: Halos on April 1st 2011

door Janne, 230 hier vandaan

In this panorama a 22 degree halo around the Sun is visible, as is part of its upper tangent arc. The...

Halos on April 1st 2011

D: Forget-me-nots

door Janne, 230 hier vandaan

Spherical panoramas with short depth of field aren't that common. Here's one.

Forget-me-nots

E: Halo show of 01-04-2011, a bit later

door Janne, 240 hier vandaan

In this panorama a 22 degree halo around the Sun is visible, as is part of its upper tangent arc. The...

Halo show of 01-04-2011, a bit later

F: Siilinjoki river flooding into lowlands

door Janne, 270 hier vandaan

Siilinjoki river flooding into lowlands

G: Multisport court

door Janne, 270 hier vandaan

Multisport court

H: After the storm

door Janne, 270 hier vandaan

After the storm

I: Halos in the sky

door Janne, 280 hier vandaan

Really bright show of halos were seen in the sky.

Halos in the sky

J: Salmi elementary school, Siilinjärvi

door Janne, 280 hier vandaan

Salmi elementary school, Siilinjärvi

Dit panorama is genomen in Finland

Dit is een overzicht van 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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