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Neotenic
195704.  Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:41 am Reply with quote

In Finland, apparently July 27th is Sleepy Head Day, where the last person out of bed is either woken ratjer unceremoniously by having water dumped over them or, even worse, by getting carried out of bed and chucked into a lake.

I think that if I lived in Finland, I would probably take to using a wetsuit as pajamas.

 
markvent
195980.  Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:56 am Reply with quote

Neotenic wrote:
In Finland, apparently July 27th is Sleepy Head Day, where the last person out of bed is either woken ratjer unceremoniously by having water dumped over them or, even worse, by getting carried out of bed and chucked into a lake.

I think that if I lived in Finland, I would probably take to using a wetsuit as pajamas.


post 195599 beatcha! ;)

Mark.

 
Davini994
196181.  Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:22 am Reply with quote

dr.bob wrote:
So if you fall out of a boat and start drowning near Iceland, you're likely to be faced with the sight of a gunboat bearing down on you?

Superb! :)


No problem. Just hide behind an islands - there's loads!

 
CaptTimmy
196324.  Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:23 am Reply with quote

Q.Which country is home to the deadliest sniper of World War II?

F. Germany, Soviet Union or any other major player of WWII

A. Finland, home to Simo Häyhä, the most prolific sniper is the history of.......ever

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During the Winter War (1939 – 1940) between Finland and the Soviet Union, he began his duty as a sniper against the Red Army. Working in temperatures between −20 to −40 degrees Celsius, and dressed completely in a white camouflage suit, Häyhä was credited with 505 confirmed kills against Soviet soldiers.

The unofficial Finnish frontline figure from the battle field of Kollaa places the number of Häyhä's sniper kills at 542. A daily account of the kills at Kollaa was conducted for the Finnish snipers. Häyhä used a Finnish variant, M28, of the Soviet Mosin-Nagant rifle (known as "Pystykorva" rifle), because it suited his small frame (5 ft/1.52 m). He preferred to use iron sights rather than telescopic sights to present a smaller target (the sniper must raise their head higher when using telescopic sights) and aid concealment (sun reflecting off telescopic sight lenses can reveal a sniper's position).

Besides his sniper kills, Simo Häyhä was also credited with two hundred kills with a submachine gun, thus bringing his credited kills to at least 705.[citation needed] All of Häyhä's kills were accomplished within 100 days prior to injuries caused by an enemy bullet. Before his injury, the Russians tried several plans to get rid of him, including counter snipers and artillery strikes. Their best result was tearing the back of his coat away with shrapnel, but leaving Häyhä himself unscratched.

 
seleeni
215130.  Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:23 pm Reply with quote

Sergei wrote:
An interesting story told to me by a Finn (and which I'm afraid I haven't been able to confirm) is that Nokia, founded as a timber milling company deep in the forests, donated a small amount of stock to help the local community. This stock is now so immensely valuable that the community has trouble spending the money...


This story is partly true. There was a Finn called Onni Nurmi who travelled in America and was later a janitor in Finland. In his will he left Nokia stocks to the municipality of Pukkila in 1959. There was a dispute over how the money should be used, because Onni had stated that it should benefit only the elderly. As the value of the stock rose, many villagers requested "their share" of the money. Currently the Onni Nurmi Foundation is responsible for the implementation of the will and oversees that the money is spent on services for Pukkila's elderly. The latest development is a well-equipped service centre called Onninkartano, which was opened in September 2007.

Nokia company later moved from wood to rubber products and even today Finns associate Nokia not only with mobile phones, but also sturdy, quality rubber boots. These are not made by the phone company. They make phones.

 
Mulvil
218589.  Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:34 am Reply with quote

Finland also has the worlds cleanest water according to a UNESCO report.

source


Could trick people by phrasing a question "according to a unesco report....." because the like of Antartica probably weren't tested

 
epicurian riddler
278680.  Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:32 pm Reply with quote

In 1996 a young Finnish man called Linus Torvalds completed a masters degree in computer science at Helsinki University and produced a thesis called 'Linux: A Portable Operating System'.

His idea would be that it would be possible to produce and make availible an alternative to commercial operating systems. People could download this free of charge from the internet, with the basic codes also availible for anyone who wished to tinker with them.

He made the idea a reality and it took off, firstly among his fellow hackers. He then attracted some heavyweight commercial backers who saw the advantage in challenging Microsoft's stranglehold. In 2001, IBM put £170 million into a three-year Linux development programme.

Linux has quite a few advantages over its commercial rivals - primarily, it's free. Since Microsoft's business plan had, ironically, brought down the cost of hardware, Linux has the capability to reduce the price of operating systems to a new low. Linux professionals working in small companies for customising and repairing systems will sometimes charge small fees, but these are dwarfed by the cost of buying and maintaining Windows.

Secondly, and this is perhaps the most important difference in the culture of Linux VS Microsoft, all the underlying codes are freely availible. This means that the speed of innovation in Linux programming is held back only by the rate at which its many thousands of highly-skilled computer literate users can see potential improvements (while normal users can also install and run Linux without expertise)

Users can discuss problems with the operating system openly on Linux web forums. This means that the public can solve them by tapping into a worldwide community of experts and without having to pay a corporate employee to do the work. The principle is that, since the operating software is availible for nothing, users have a commensurate obligation to share knowledge of it.

Perhaps most surprisingly, Linux users are able to tap into Microsoft programs if they choose to, because Linux has the facility to store a complete replica of Windows inside itself, like a ship in a bottle. There are legal issues surrounding this, but the principle remains one of discretion.
This alone puts a big question mark over whether Microsoft can really be considered to have a monopoly, since it's possible to use it's products on an open-source Linux system.

Recently, Brazil announced that it's shifting it's entire government computer network at a projected saving of £70 million a year. In Germany, the city of Munich will install the free system in the computers of 14,000 civil servants. And a report in the UK from the Office of Government Commerce in October 2004 concluded that changing to Linux software 'could generate significant savings'.

Perhaps the days of commercial operating systems like Windows are numbered.

 
3cheeseshigh
279037.  Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:57 am Reply with quote

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I want to be,
Pony trekking or camping,
Or just watching TV.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
It's the country for me.

You're so near to Russia,
So far from Japan,
Quite a long way from Cairo,
Lots of miles from Vietnam.

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I want to be,
Eating breakfast or dinner,
Or snack lunch in the hall.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
Finland has it all.


You're so sadly neglected
And often ignored,
A poor second to Belgium,
When going abroad.

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I quite want to be,
Your mountains so lofty,
Your treetops so tall.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
Finland has it all.

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I quite want to be,
Your mountains so lofty,
Your treetops so tall.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
Finland has it all.

Finland has it all.

 
djgordy
279121.  Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:30 pm Reply with quote

Finland is also famous for Touko Laaksonen, also known as Tom of Finland.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_of_Finland

Less salaciously, it is also famous for the Kalevala, the national epic poem which inspired Grieg to write "The Swan of Tuonela"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_of_TuonelaThe Kalevala was most likely a big influence on Tokien and his big book, the name of which escapes me.....

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I also hope that my son’s interest in the Ring Trilogy will someday lead him to the Kalevala, from which Tolkien took many of his story ideas. The Kalevala “is fundamentally a story of a sacred object which has power, and the pursuit of the mythic heroes who seek that power, to seek a way of understanding what that power means.” Väinämöinen is a wise old man with a long gray beard who has magical powers. He must destroy a forged magical mill called the “Sampo.” The bearer of the Sampo is given great wealth but becomes greedy. Therefore, for the good of everyone, the Sampo must be destroyed. If you’ve seen the latest Ring Trilogy movies or read the books, this should sound very familiar. Gandalf, in the Lord of the Rings, is a wise old man with a long gray beard (Väinämöinen!) who has magical powers. He must destroy the forged object of power, a ring, for the good of everyone. Whether through the Kalevala or the Ring Trilogy, it is gratifying to know that the ancient wisdom of our ancestors, so sorely needed in today’s world, is being passed down to today’s generation.


http://www.fingerlakesfinns.org/articles/influence.htm



"Lemminkainen's Mother" by Akseli Gallen-Kallela

 
Metaltrotsky
279440.  Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:49 pm Reply with quote

Having visited Finland several times, one particular fascination is Name Days. It is a tradition with foundations in Christian churches, and seems to be peculiarly common in Eastern Europe.
I do have video footage of singing "Happy Name Day" during a youth exchange in 2003 if anyone is particularly interested or bored.

Finland also has a disproportionately high number of motor racing champions (I'll have a look at the F1 thread in a bit), including Kimi Raikkonen, Tommi Makkinen, Juha Kankkunen, Mika Hakkinen, Keke Rosberg.....

Rumour has it that Lordi himself (lead singer of Lordi) originally wore a mask on stage so that he would not be recognised, as when they started he was a Youth Woker in Lapland. I've not found anything to corroborate this yet though, any ideas anyone?

 
djgordy
279564.  Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:40 am Reply with quote

Metaltrotsky wrote:

Rumour has it that Lordi himself (lead singer of Lordi) originally wore a mask on stage so that he would not be recognised, as when they started he was a Youth Woker in Lapland. I've not found anything to corroborate this yet though, any ideas anyone?


It is more likely that the wearing of masks was inspired by either or both of these:





The second lot are g.w.a.r., just in case you think it an audition for next season's Dr. Who monsters.

 
Metaltrotsky
281421.  Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:00 pm Reply with quote

OK, I didn't get it quite right..... it's the drummere that was a youth worker.....

http://www.halfvalue.com/wiki.jsp?topic=Sampsa_Astala

Sampsa Astala, (born January 23, 1974 in Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish musician, best known as Kita, the drummer of the heavy metal band Lordi.[1] His stage name comes from the Finnish word meaning "jaws", "gap", or "maw".

Astala joined Lordi in 2000 . He had played in other bands and studied music in Sibelius Academy, Oulunkylä Pop & Jazz Conservatoire and other music schools. After he got his degree from Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, he worked for a while as church's youth work leader.

Originally Lordi did not have a drummer - the drums were supposed to be created using a drum machine - but in 2000 Tomi Putaansuu asked if he knew any basists or drummers and after demonstrating his skills, Astala joined the band as Kita, the horrible manbeast. With Lordi, he was one of the winners of 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.[2] As a recognition, the city of Karkkila, where Astala spent his teenage years, named its youth facilities after Kita.[3]

Despite claims that Lordi are a satanic band, Kita is in fact a member of the Church of Finland. He also thanks "Almighty God" on the "Thank you to..." list on his records.[]

He Has been a "Call in Guest" on Canada's MTVLive several times and has developed a frendship with hosts Daryn Jones and Jessi Cruickshank.[]

Astala is known from using a lot of power as Kita, the drummer of Lordi, giving an impression of a real beast behind the drums, perhaps not alike The Muppets' Animal.


Character background
Kita, Astala's character in Lordi, is a manbeast from an ancient alien race. Originally a brutal battle beast from the Mu Arae star system used in combat, he was sent to Earth for an unknown purpose.

The time-traveling Mr. Lordi found Kita from the mountains of Himalaya, submitted by a snake demon. After defeating the demon, Kita allied with Mr. Lordi.

It is not known if Kita is actually the name of the whole race or the individual. Also a former member of Lordi, G-Stealer, is of the same race. It is rumoured that the Yeti stories originate the members from Kita's race sent to Earth.[2]

 
otyikondo
771564.  Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:50 pm Reply with quote

seleeni wrote:
Sergei wrote:
An interesting story told to me by a Finn (and which I'm afraid I haven't been able to confirm) is that Nokia, founded as a timber milling company deep in the forests, donated a small amount of stock to help the local community. This stock is now so immensely valuable that the community has trouble spending the money...


This story is partly true. There was a Finn called Onni Nurmi who travelled in America and was later a janitor in Finland. In his will he left Nokia stocks to the municipality of Pukkila in 1959. There was a dispute over how the money should be used, because Onni had stated that it should benefit only the elderly. As the value of the stock rose, many villagers requested "their share" of the money. Currently the Onni Nurmi Foundation is responsible for the implementation of the will and oversees that the money is spent on services for Pukkila's elderly. The latest development is a well-equipped service centre called Onninkartano, which was opened in September 2007.

Nokia company later moved from wood to rubber products and even today Finns associate Nokia not only with mobile phones, but also sturdy, quality rubber boots. These are not made by the phone company. They make phones.


The story in question is/was reported here:
http://www2.hs.fi/english/archive/today/191199-05.html

The small community of Pukkila (pop. 1,800, located in Uusimaa Province, north of Porvoo) does not figure in the list of towns and cities reducing their municipal taxes, but perhaps it should consider the idea; on Thursday Pukkila became overwhelmingly Finland's richest community if we measure these things according to the available capital per resident. The Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that the town may sell its Nokia shares, received earlier as a legacy.

And this was no meagre donation into the town's coffers, either. The value of the Nokia shares at the close of business on the Helsinki Stock Exchange yesterday was FIM 167 million (EUR 28 million). If the stock is sold at this price, it will provide FIM 93,000 for every man, woman, and child living in Pukkila. Basically there would be no need to exact municipal taxes for years, and the town's net outgoings could still be handled without much difficulty.

The Town Board voted two years ago to sell a part of the shares, around one-third. At this point the total value of the stock portfolio was between FIM 15 million and FIM 31 million. However, there was a complaint to the Provincial Court, owing to a clause in the benefactor's will that stated the shares may not be sold. The dividend and interest income on the estate was to be put to recreational activities for the elderly of Pukkila. The Supreme Administrative Court's decision was the last in a long chain of subsequent rulings that have allowed the sale.

Under normal circumstances, the good burghers of Pukkila might have been frustrated by the delay, but in the intervening two years they have seen Nokia's stock price go through not one but several ceilings, and the appeals process has added around FIM 130 million to the value of the legacy. The original sum came from one Onni Nurmi, who died in 1962, leaving the town roughly FIM 250,000 in cash, some property in Helsinki, a few other shares, and 60 Nokia shares, plus the right to buy additional stock at subsequent issues.


The key was the protracted INabilty to sell/realise the Nurmi assets based on the terms of his will. The presence of FIMs in the article is because it predates the introduction of the euro in 2002.

The small town was also featured in a 2004 article here:

http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Pukkila+-+paradise+for+senior+citizens+thanks+to+Nokia+legacy/1076154345925

The whole issue of "Nokia shares" was quite an entertaining subject in Finland on both sides of the millennium, when the company's stock went ballistic, and also there were stock splits just about every six months. As a result, quite a few people who - maybe twenty or thirty years earlier - had been given, say as a high school graduation gift, not the crisp notes they yearned for but half a dozen Nokia share certificates ("Hunh? WTF? Why did Uncle Sakari give me THESE useless things?") found themselves worth millions. Onni Nurmi's original bequest was just 60 shares, parlayed through subsequent issues into several hundred THOUSAND of them. Many other small investors did likewise.

At one stage in 2000 Nokia was, if I remember aright, Europe's largest company by market capitalisation. Something like EUR 300 billion.

But that was then - the now is rather different.

 
lehtisaari
1069431.  Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:38 pm Reply with quote

little of piste here but finland was the only country in world war II that fully paid war reparations. Also it was the only european country which had borderline with soviet union and was not invaded at all

 
lehtisaari
1069435.  Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:47 pm Reply with quote

[quote="Davini994"]Is there an explanation as to why there so many little islands in the area?[/quote]

because of the most recent ice age. Also Finland's land is rising from the sea about 3-9 mm per year because the heavy ice pushed it down

 

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