The banner showing "the blue of our lakes and the white snow of our winters" was made official shortly after independence in 1918.

The banner showing "the blue of our lakes and the white snow of our winters" was made official shortly after independence in 1918.

The Polar Night Counter shows how long kaamos, the season with no sunrise, lasts in northern Finland. It also shows how long is left before the winter solstice.

The Polar Night Counter shows how long kaamos, the season with no sunrise, lasts in northern Finland. It also shows how long is left before the winter solstice.

The country's original capital is its oldest city, and the very name Finland used to refer only to the southern area around Turku. Today,...

The country's original capital is its oldest city, and the very name Finland used to refer only to the southern area around Turku. Today,...

Oulangan kansallispuisto. Kuva: Mari Limnell

Oulangan kansallispuisto. Kuva: Mari Limnell

When the ice keeps their boats moored in the harbour, border guards use a hovercraft to speed across the frozen ocean on a cushion of air. One afternoon they parked it so that curious onlookers could get a closer view. Photo: Tim Bird

When the ice keeps their boats moored in the harbour, border guards use a hovercraft to speed across the frozen ocean on a cushion of air. One afternoon they parked it so that curious onlookers could get a closer view. Photo: Tim Bird

Layers of snow and ice display a fascinating variety of textures. Photo: Tim Bird

Layers of snow and ice display a fascinating variety of textures. Photo: Tim Bird

If you can walk it or ski it, you can probably bike it. Photo: Tim Bird

If you can walk it or ski it, you can probably bike it. Photo: Tim Bird

Maamme-laulu | Elävä arkisto | yle.fi

Maamme-laulu | Elävä arkisto | yle.fi

Helsinki - The Finlandia Hall by Alvar Aalto

Helsinki - The Finlandia Hall by Alvar Aalto

The iconic stone men at the front entrance of Helsinki Central Station are a symbol of Helsinki.

The iconic stone men at the front entrance of Helsinki Central Station are a symbol of Helsinki.

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