Finland
105.3K views | +4 today
Follow
Finland
About Finnish society & culture. From snow to sauna, from natives to Nokia.
Curated by Ulla M. Saikku
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Ulla M. Saikku
Scoop.it!

SOFIEA CLERICO: Fury & forgiveness: The sobering Christmas story of Finland's Winter War

SOFIEA CLERICO: Fury & forgiveness: The sobering Christmas story of Finland's Winter War | Finland | Scoop.it
Some 37,000 Russians expect to visit Finland this holiday season, whisked across the border for Christmas and New Year's Day celebrations in sleek, elegant trains. Thousands more from America and innumerable other countries will travel to Helsinki and Rovaniemi to enjoy the celebrations.

Lapland, in northern Finland, is the magical land near the North Pole where legend holds that Joulupukki -- Santa Claus -- keeps his reindeer. The people of Lapland have rushed to create a brilliant sea of lights that will illuminate the night for the thousands of expected visitors. Choirs are tuning up for performances in every church and at many outdoor venues. Joulupukki is often seen on the streets of the Lapland capital of Rovaniemi this time of year, the elves of Christmas by his side. And the awesome sights of the holiday season are not all man-made: The incredible Northern Lights, the aurora borealis, add a spectacular gift from the heavens.

What makes Christmas in Finland special? Just this: A mere 73 years have passed since Soviet Premier Josef Stalin sent trains filled with Red Army soldiers into Finland. Over a period of 105 days, the two nations engaged in one of the most ferocious battles of World War II.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ulla M. Saikku
Scoop.it!

Wartime photo montage shows Helsinki in different light

Wartime photo montage shows Helsinki in different light | Finland | Scoop.it

Wartime Helsinki is being portrayed in a new light via an exhibition of photos merging well-known landmarks following bombings during the Second World War with modern shots of the same places today.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ulla M. Saikku
Scoop.it!

The Winter War | World War II Database

The Winter War | World War II Database | Finland | Scoop.it
The Winter War | World War II Database (Today in history, 29 Nov 1939: At midnight, Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov ordered the invasion of Finland to commence http://t.co/g6Qbb7OE...)...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ulla M. Saikku
Scoop.it!

Continuation War – Controversial Part of Finnish History… « Helsinki According to PPusa

Continuation War – Controversial Part of Finnish History… « Helsinki According to PPusa | Finland | Scoop.it
PPusa: Continuation War – Controversial Part of Finnish History… http://dlvr.it/XmLDX...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ulla M. Saikku
Scoop.it!

Finland’s Second Invasion | Voice of the Copts

Finland’s Second Invasion | Voice of the Copts | Finland | Scoop.it
The Soviet Army began amassing on Finland’s border during November 1939, and at the end of that month some 21 divisions (around 450,000 men) crossed over.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ulla M. Saikku
Scoop.it!

tribute to our brave finnish soldiers

http://www.sotainvalidit.fi/ http://www.rautasormus.fi/ music by jean sibelius finlandia hymni...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ulla M. Saikku
Scoop.it!

Talvisota_7th_Army_1939

Talvisota_7th_Army_1939 | Finland | Scoop.it
RT @RealTimeWWII: 9.15AM Red Army troops now crossing the Finnish border, in 8 different places; over 500,000 men, 1000 tanks.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ulla M. Saikku
Scoop.it!

War children fathered by German soldiers are looking for their fathers

War children fathered by German soldiers are looking for their fathers | Finland | Scoop.it
ncreasing numbers of foreign soldiers’ children wish to find information about their roots
”I have ventured to come out. I am recovering!” says Riitta Jylhä, a German soldier’s daughter now living in Sweden.
The atmosphere has changed in a short time, and Jylhä has found other war children, while an association in Rovaniemi, Saksalaisten Sotilaiden Lapset (SSL) (”German Soldiers’ Children”) is helping her to look for her father – a seemingly hopeless effort.
The association was established by a man born as Bertel Rudolf, whose foster father gave him a new name Pertti Hartikainen in 1951.
A few years ago, Pertti Hartikainen got the idea to set up an association that would help foreign soldiers’ children in their efforts to find their fathers and in understanding and sharing their feelings.
”The matter is still very difficult for many of us”, Hartikainen says.
more...
No comment yet.