Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland

Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland

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The fortress was founded by Erik Axelsson Tott in 1475 under the name Sankt Olofsborg. The castle was supposed to repel Russian attacks from the east and to guarantee the control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. The history of Olavinlinna is a mixture of medieval arms clashing, cannons roaring and every-day chores inside the security of the castle’s thick walls. After the Finnish War of 1808 – 1809 Finland became an autonomous part of Russia. The castle lost its strategic function and became a tourist attraction. The first opera festival at Olavinlinna castle was organized in 1912 and it is now every year in July the scene of the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

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Visiting Helsinki City, Finland

Visiting Helsinki City, Finland

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Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. Officially, the area of Helsinki consists of 2/3 of the Baltic sea and 1/3 of land. The sea area is clustered by 315 islands Sweden’s King Gustavus Vasa founded Helsinki on the mouth of Vantaanjoki River in 1550 to compete with Tallinn for Baltic Sea trade. Helsinki is one of the coldest cities in the world. It does not receive sunshine for about consecutive 51 days in winters. The city has around 101 average annual days of snow and an amazing 169 average annual number of days below 0 Celsius or 32°F. Maple is the symbol of Helsinki and the city uses squirrel as its symbol as well.

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Uspenski Cathedral

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Parliament House of Finland

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Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

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Main Post Office

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Kyösti Kallio and Parliament House of Finland

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Finlandiatalo, Finlandia House

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Helsinki Music Center, Musiikkitalo

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Merihaka buildings

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Love Bridge, Katajanokka

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Sail Boat

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White Church, Tuomiokirkko

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Aleksanterinkatu

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Main Railway Station

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Aland Islands – Geopolitical Anomaly

Aland Islands – Geopolitical Anomaly

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Aland is the smallest of the three Nordic autonomous territories with a population of 28,000. One third of the population lives in the capital, Mariehamn. The glorious Åland archipelago is a geopolitical anomaly: the islands belong to Finland, speak Swedish, but have their own parliament, fly their own blue-gold-and-red flag, issue their own stamps and have their own web suffix. Their special relationship with the EU means they can sell duty free and make their own gambling laws.

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SLAM Suursaari Race 2013 in Finland

SLAM Suursaari Race 2013 in Finland

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Slam Suursaari race is the biggest offshore race in Finland and it is sailed every year in the beginning of June. The race starts from Haukilahti, Espoo. The boats will round Suursaari, from where they will head back to Haukilahti, making it about a length of 140 nautical miles.

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City Lights of Helsinki

City Lights of Helsinki

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City of Helsinki is the capital of Finland since 1812. The city was founded in 1550, by King Gustav I of Sweden. The original name of the city is Helsingfors, which is still used as its official name. It is largest city in Finland located in southern Finland, 400 kilometres (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden. The city spans over an agglomeration of more than 300 islands. Helsinki is a major urban center, inhabited by around 1.3 million people. Helsinki host the 2012 Ice Hockey World Championships together with Stockholm (Sweden) 4.-20.5.2012.

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