Church of Siilinjärvi
Siilinjärven kirkko on Peko Väänäsen suunnittelema v. 1923 rakennettu pääosin punatiilinen evankelisluterilaisen seurakunnan kirkko Siilinjärven keskustassa. Istumapaikkoja on 550 kahdessa kerroksessa, sankarihautuumaa on kirkon vieressä. Kirkkoa valaisevat voimakkaat valonheittimet ja kirkon sivuprofiilin voikin nähdä varjona matalissa pilvissä, kuten tässä kuvassa näkyy. Pohjoiseen päin katsottaessa näkyy seurakuntatalo.
Photo's taken on march 15, 2011.
Church of Siilinjärvi once again. The woman sitting in the bench is a guide for the tourists.
Test shoot with my new Samyang 14mm f2.8 lens. The folks are practicing their perfomances for.. somet...
Siilinjärven kansantanssijat ('kansantanssi' meaning folk dancing in English) directing a folk dance....
Use of studded tires is allowed up until april. Photo's taken on march 15, 2011.
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.