Finland as I Imagine it - for better or worse

You may have heard many things. A lot of clichés - repeated by visitors as well as the natives - that don't quite add up or match the images I have in my head. Home is people and stories, places and events, flavors and odors... all under constant construction.
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may come in handy

may come in handy

Racy stamps. #TomofFinland

Racy stamps. #TomofFinland

Getting around in Helsinki  - Metro. Not much of an adventure.

Getting around in Helsinki - Metro. Not much of an adventure.

A Finnish punk band whose members have learning disabilities are applying to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in a bid to raise awareness of Down's Syndrome.

Meet the Finnish punk band applying to Eurovision to raise awareness of Down's Syndrome

A Finnish punk band whose members have learning disabilities are applying to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in a bid to raise awareness of Down's Syndrome.

The Finnish Language - YouTube

The Finnish Language - YouTube

Hot and steamy Lambada from the north - a Finnish version of the song from 1989 by Anna Hanski -  YouTube

Hot and steamy Lambada from the north - a Finnish version of the song from 1989 by Anna Hanski - YouTube

Folk art - ITE Museum in Kokkola

Folk art - ITE Museum in Kokkola

Cycling routes in Helsinki | Helsingin kotiseutupyöräilyreitteillä tutustuu kaupunginosien eri kohteisiin 29 kartan avulla. Reittien pituudet pituudet vaihtelevat 10-30 kilometriin.

Cycling routes in Helsinki | Helsingin kotiseutupyöräilyreitteillä tutustuu kaupunginosien eri kohteisiin 29 kartan avulla. Reittien pituudet pituudet vaihtelevat 10-30 kilometriin.

Soldiers of Odin, the name of the anti-immigrant group behind street patrols claiming to protect Finnish residents, is now a registered trademark. A former Left Alliance grassroots politician said she filed the trademark application to protest a previous decision by Finnish authorities to grant SOO legal status as a registered organisation. "There are plans underway to manufacture high quality local handicraft, and there’ll be no lack of unicorns and glitter," Yrttiaho said.

Soldiers of Odin, the name of the anti-immigrant group behind street patrols claiming to protect Finnish residents, is now a registered trademark. A former Left Alliance grassroots politician said she filed the trademark application to protest a previous decision by Finnish authorities to grant SOO legal status as a registered organisation. "There are plans underway to manufacture high quality local handicraft, and there’ll be no lack of unicorns and glitter," Yrttiaho said.

My buddy Dan Koplowitz has a record label called Friendly Fire Recordings. Most of the bands he deals with are from Scandinavia so he’s always going to music festivals in the Nordic region. Over the weekend he took a ferry from Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki, Finland. It was an absolute

My buddy Dan Koplowitz has a record label called Friendly Fire Recordings. Most of the bands he deals with are from Scandinavia so he’s always going to music festivals in the Nordic region. Over the weekend he took a ferry from Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki, Finland. It was an absolute

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