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Phosphate mine truck crossing road

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This road crossing with the Raasiontie, for dump trucks transporting phosphate rock from the largest open pit mine in Europe, is controlled by traffic lights. Photo's taken on march 17, 2011.

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A: Phosphate mine truck "dumper" crossing to the south

door Jan Mulder, 10 hier vandaan

Dump truck driving for Yara International, which currently exploits the largest open phosphate mining...

Phosphate mine truck "dumper" crossing to the south

B: Phosphate mine truck "dumper" crossing to the north

door Jan Mulder, 10 hier vandaan

Dump truck working for Yara International, which currently exploits the largest open pit phosphate mi...

Phosphate mine truck "dumper" crossing to the north

C: Bird hide at Raasio

door Ville Miettinen, 350 hier vandaan

Raasio's hide, this are is well known for being good habitat to all kinds of waterfowls.

Bird hide at Raasio

D: The banks of Yara's landfill area

door Janne, 1.5 hier vandaan

The large plain area you see in the south is actually filled with water that has sept from the landfi...

The banks of Yara's landfill area

E: Finnish post car driving

door Jan Mulder, 4.0 hier vandaan

Photo's taken on march 16, 2011.

Finnish post car driving

F: Yara, Siilinjärvi

door Janne, 5.6 hier vandaan

Yara, Siilinjärvi

G: Yara at night

door Janne, 5.8 hier vandaan

This is the Siilinjärvi factory of Yara (formerly Kemira) that produces fertilizers and other phospha...

Yara at night

H: Yara (Kemira) factories, Siilinjärvi

door Janne, 5.8 hier vandaan

Yara (Kemira) factories, Siilinjärvi

I: Gypsum deposit of Yara, Siilinjärvi

door Janne, 5.8 hier vandaan

The hill you see behind the train line is the deposit of gypsum that the factories of Yara (formerly ...

Gypsum deposit of Yara, Siilinjärvi

J: Railway bridge over Pieni-Sulkava

door Janne, 7.0 hier vandaan

Railway bridge passing the lake Pieni-Sulkava and leading to the Yara's Siilinjärvi (Kemira) factorie...

Railway bridge over Pieni-Sulkava

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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