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metsämansikka — wood strawberry

metsämansikka — wood strawberry

Saimaannorppa - The Saimaa ringed seal (Pusa hispida saimensis). They are among the most endangered seals in the world. The only existing population of these seals is found in Lake Saimaa, Finland.

Saimaannorppa - The Saimaa ringed seal (Pusa hispida saimensis). They are among the most endangered seals in the world. The only existing population of these seals is found in Lake Saimaa, Finland.

Folk costume of Tuuteri, based on a dress from 1880 in the Ingrian region of Karelia and part of former Finland, today belonging to Russia

Folk costume of Tuuteri, based on a dress from 1880 in the Ingrian region of Karelia and part of former Finland, today belonging to Russia

National dress, Kymenlaakso, Finland (Kotka, Kouvola, Kuusankoski, Hamina region).

National dress, Kymenlaakso, Finland (Kotka, Kouvola, Kuusankoski, Hamina region).

Finnish national costume

Finnish national costume

Traditional Finnish national costumes

Traditional Finnish national costumes

Pohjanmaa - costume

Pohjanmaa - costume

My cousin Vilja posing in the national costume of Etelä-Pohjanmaa (Southern Ostrobothnia) region. Grandma made all of us female grandchildren the costumes when we were teens. Our costumes reflect the region where our maternal family is from, rather than the styles traditionally used in South & Central Finland where me and my cousins are from. The costume models are reconstructions of 18th century fashion. They are based on excavations and other sources in a given area.

My cousin Vilja posing in the national costume of Etelä-Pohjanmaa (Southern Ostrobothnia) region. Grandma made all of us female grandchildren the costumes when we were teens. Our costumes reflect the region where our maternal family is from, rather than the styles traditionally used in South & Central Finland where me and my cousins are from. The costume models are reconstructions of 18th century fashion. They are based on excavations and other sources in a given area.

Jalasjärven naisen kansallispuku. Kuva © Helmi Vuorelma Oy

Jalasjärven naisen kansallispuku. Kuva © Helmi Vuorelma Oy

Kauhavan naisen kansallispuku

Kauhavan naisen kansallispuku

Tin fortune telling (Finland, Scandinavia): melt tin in old saucepan, pour into bowl of fresh snow (or crushed ice), read the resulting shapes.

Tin fortune telling (Finland, Scandinavia): melt tin in old saucepan, pour into bowl of fresh snow (or crushed ice), read the resulting shapes.

Jurvan naisen kansallispuku

Jurvan naisen kansallispuku

PERKELE! one of the strongest curses in Finnish language. In pagan times it is said to be the name for Finnish Ukko ylijumala =supreme god, (he was a god of thunder) but when the christianity came, it begun to mean the devil.

Cross Stitch Pattern Perkele Finnish Cursing

PERKELE! one of the strongest curses in Finnish language. In pagan times it is said to be the name for Finnish Ukko ylijumala =supreme god, (he was a god of thunder) but when the christianity came, it begun to mean the devil.

Virrat - Finnish national costume

Virrat - Finnish national costume

Mölkky is a Finnish throwing game invented in 1996. It is reminiscent of kyykkä,

Mölkky is a Finnish throwing game invented in 1996. It is reminiscent of kyykkä,