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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 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)

Finlandia - Sibelius  Independence day 6.12

Finlandia - Sibelius Independence day 6.12

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

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

The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure

The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure

Finnish Problems

Finnish Problems

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.

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.

When you're Finnish you just understand

When you're Finnish you just understand

The Aino myth 1891 - Akseli Gallen-Kallela

The Aino myth 1891 - Akseli Gallen-Kallela

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

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

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