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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?

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.

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.....

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]

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:

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:

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.

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

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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