In Finland during World War II, some 242,000 women join Lotta-Svard (named for a fictional Finnish battlefield heroine), making the female paramilitary group the largest volunteer organization in the world. (not my caption)

In Finland during World War II, some women join Lotta-Svard (named for a fictional Finnish battlefield heroine), making the female paramilitary group the largest volunteer organization in the world.(GO FINLAND!

"Kanteleen kutsu" (Kantele's call, Kalevala) by Marimekko

Marimekko textile design by sanna annukka, liro ahokas and maija louekari. Could be good for the upstairs bathroom with black and white tile.

The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure

The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure: Kirsti Makinen, Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin, Kaarina Brooks

Finnish Problems

Finnish Problems -my Finnish friends and I laughed hard at these

Finland’s resistance to Russification took many forms. It can even be seen in postal history.  This postcard depicts a Finnish woman with a lion on her breast and Lex, the Finnish law at her side. It also illustrates with subtle symbolism the rising sun, a clear reference to Japan, who defeated the Russians in the Japanese/Russian war in 1904-05.

Vintage Finnish postcard depicting woman with national symbol of a lion on her chest and Lex, the Finnish Law at her side, subtle reference to Finland's resistance to Russification.

When you're Finnish you just understand

Yes, "sisu" is a Finnish word and something very Finnish indeed. It has helped our nation during difficult times and it helps every Finn.

The Aino myth 1891 - Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (right-hand panel) Aino has decided to take her own life rather than marry the ancient Väinamöinen. She sits on the shore and listens to the song of the water-maidens of Vellamo.

Ilmari Juutilainen, Finland's top flying ace, in the cockpit of Brewster BW-364 at Hirvas base, 1942

I’d like to submit for your approval mister Eino Ilmari “Illu” Juutilainen. He was the top ace in Finland during World War 2 and the top non-German ace of all time with 94 confirmed victories (he.

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