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Finland in pictures

Kuopio, Kallavesi 2.7.2007

FINLAND – SUOMI, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden on the west, Norway on the north and Russia on the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland. The capital city is Helsinki.

Around 5.4 million people reside in Finland, with the majority concentrated in the southern part of the country. It is the eighth largest country in Europe in terms of area and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. The native language of nearly all of the population is Finnish, which is part of the Finno-Ugric language family and is most closely related to Estonian. The language is one of only four official EU languages not of Indo-European origin. The second official language of Finland–Swedish–is the native language of 5.5% of the population. Finland is a parliamentary republic with a central government based in Helsinki and local governments in 342 municipalities. A total of about one million residents live in the Greater Helsinki area (which includes Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa), and a third of the country’s GDP is produced there. Other major cities include Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Lahti.

* Map of Finland
* Virtual Finland – Your window on Finland
* VisitFinland – The Official Travel and Tourism Guide
* Country Profile of Finland
* Useful Finnish Phrases
* Finnguide – Info in English

HELSINKI – The Capital

* Map of Helsinki
* Helsinki Travel Guide
* Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau (The Official Tourism Website)

Flights to Helsinki (Google search)
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PICTURES FROM HELSINKI AND ELSEWHERE FINLAND

Pictures cover mainly the  capital Helsinki and its suburbs. New ones shall be added every now and then.

New Year celebrations at Helsinki Senate Square 31.12.2009 (photos A. Ylä-Kauttu)

A Visit to the Fortress of Suomenlinna 18.12.2009 (photos A. Ylä-Kauttu)

Helsinki 15.12.2009

St. Thomas Christmas Market 7.12.2009

Helsinki City Winter Garden 5.12.2009

St. Martin’s Fair at the Cable Factory 22.11.2009

Töölönlahti Park 27.8.2009
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Kallio 27.8.2009
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Kontula Festivals and Helsinki City Marathon 15.8.2009
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Circus Helsinki081086Balloons for the Children

101 Stadin Juhlaorkesteri108 Helsinki City MarathonBeach Volley at Railway Square116

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Market Square etc.
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Herttoniemi Manor 5.8.2009122119AlppiFolk 2.8.2009

Linnanmäki Amusement Park in Helsinki 1.7.2009
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The Fortress of Suomenlinna 25.6.2009
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262263Ehrensvärd Museum266

13.6.2009
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The Veteran Car Club of Finland 50th Anniversary Cruising
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Helsinki Samba Carnival preparationsCapoeira300Los Inkas Finlandeses

Midnight Rugby 2009 in Myllypuro Urheilupuisto 12-13 June, Helsinki Finland
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Helsinki Day 12.6.2009
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Helsinki Olympic Stadium Finland vs Russia 10.6.2009
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Kaisaniemi Park Helsinki 10.6.2009
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Senate Square Helsinki 4.6.2009
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World Village Festival at Helsinki on 23-24.5.2009 (photos R.K)
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Helsinki 16.5.2009 – Opening of the Cycling Season
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Helsinki City Winter Garden 12.04.2009
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Pancake Day 22.2.2009 at Furuvik
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Helsinki 15.02.2009
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Ready for the season086Töölönlahti in the center of Helsinkithe National Opera of Finland

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the site of the new Helsinki Music Housethe Museum of Contemporary Art KiasmaSkating on the Railway Square126

School is out celebrations-pupils from different schools of Helsinki
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the Gorilla gang from Lauttasaari Mr. Gorilla himself155162

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Winter in Helsinki
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Christmas Eve
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Christmas Preparations on 13.12.2008
Hakaniemi Market Hall 13.12.200823Christmas preparations

Finnish sausages are the best in the worldHam for Christmas Finnish pork tenderloin Ready-made

Prosciutto di ItaliaSalami di Italia1112

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202Christmas window at Stockmann's Christmas market at Esplanadi Park298

Christmas Play "Tiernapojat"307A Finnish meatball speciality320

322Santa Claus straight from Korvatunturi in Lapland332346

St. Martin’s Day Fair at the Cable Factory on 23.11.2008
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KALLAVESI IN KUOPIO

Kuopion kaupunki (Wikipedia in Finnish)

The same in English by Google translate

the City of Kuopio homepages (in English)

Regards

Antero Ylä-Kauttu
antero.yk@gmail.com
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