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Teresa Flavin: Week Two at HIAP/Suomenlinna, Helsinki - Creative Futures -Blog

Teresa Flavin: Week Two at HIAP/Suomenlinna, Helsinki - Creative Futures -Blog | Finland | Scoop.it

There are signs of spring this week, as the island goes through its freeze/thaw cycle.. On Monday local people began to appear with rakes, gathering up the gravel that had coated frozen pavements and roads. There were curious "dances" performed by facing pairs of tractor-like machines: one would move the gravel forwards using rolling brushes and the other would scoop it up. By Friday, the now ice-free paths were as pristine as if there had never been winter...

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anagmacedo's comment, April 4, 2012 4:04 AM
It is always lovely to see when the island goes through freeze cycle. As I am a nature lover, more specifically spring lover, it always amuses me so much...
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Helsinki Tourist Attractions: Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Helsinki Tourist Attractions: Suomenlinna Sea Fortress | Finland | Scoop.it
The 18th century sea fortress Suomenlinna, located on a group of islands outside Helsinki, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland.
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Suomenlinna - Helsinki, Finland | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Suomenlinna - Helsinki, Finland | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | Finland | Scoop.it
From my weekend trip to Helsinki, Finland. http://www.flickr.com/photos/niklausgerber/with/5827978622/

Suomenlinna, until 1918 Viapori (Finnish), or Sveaborg (Swedish), is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands (Kustaanmiekka, Susisaari, Iso-Mustasaari, Pikku-Mustasaari, Länsi-Mustasaari and Långören), and which now forms part of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.
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Island Fortress | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Island Fortress | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | Finland | Scoop.it
From the sea fortress of Suomenlinna (or Sveaborg in Swedish), just off the coast of Helsinki in Finland. Suomenlinna consists of 6 islands and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Swedish crown began construction of the fortress in 1748 in order to serve as a defense against the Russians. In 1808, the fortress fell to the Russians in the Finnish War, thus launching the invasion and occupation of Finland by Russian forces in 1809. Following the Russian revolution Suomenlinna became part of an independent Finland in 1917, and was later abandoned as a military installation, becoming used instead for civilian administration by the 1970s. Currently, the fortress islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Helsinki with hourly ferries shuttling visitors back and forth. (thanks for the RT :) RT @tjoffner: RT @dastodd: #Photo: The Island Fortress #Finland #Helsinki #travel - http://flic.kr/p/9spjpn)
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Suomenlinna – 250 years old Sea Fortress of Helsinki

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Fresh Impressions from Finland - A Photo & Video Blog (Suomenlinna - 250 years old Sea Fortress of Helsinki http://bit.ly/o6IwYG...)...
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United Nations stamp spotlights Helsinki’s Suomenlinna naval fortress

United Nations stamp spotlights Helsinki’s Suomenlinna naval fortress | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland featured for the first time on UN stamp

Helsinki’s 250-year-old naval fortress of Suomenlinna has received its own stamp. The stamp was released last week by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) in a series that depicts UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Suomenlinna stamp depicts the Kuninkaanportti (“King’s Gate”) original main entrance to the fortress.
This is the first time Finland is featured in a UN stamp.
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