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Art Nouveau architecture from a street in Helsinki Finland

Reindeer in Finnish Lapland, photo by Tarmo Heinänen

White northern lights as seen from Finland.

Christmas Image|a bright aurora on a full moon night in Lapland, Finland

Sleeping on a bed of ice in Lapland's Snow Village, Finland >>> I would love to do this!

Hyvää Joulua by Mauri Kunnas

Himmeli, traditional Finnish Christmas decoration (Tatiana Repina)

Finnish women marching for equal rights1905 photo credit: Helsinki City Museum

Presidential Palace Helsinki

The immense sea fortress Suomenlinna (also known as Viapori or Sveaborg) is one of Helsinki’s most impressive and most visited tourist attractions. Over half a million people visit Suomenlinna yearly. The island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 and houses around 850 permanent residents.

Ravintola (restaurant) Saaristo in Klippan, an island in Helsinki harbor, is over 100 years old. A boat serves from the Saaristo's pier located near to the Olympia terminal, next to the Peace Statue.

In Finland, moose are found throughout the country apart from the fell regions. It is not shy of humans and can live very close to habitation.

The Finnish pavilion at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. It was designed by the great Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. The painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela made the frescoes in the entrance hall (destroyed at the end of exposure and partly repainted in the 1920s in the lobby of the National Museum in Helsinki). The pavilion, designed in true Finnish art nouveau style, was a plea for Finland then under Russian rule. It raised awareness of the aspirations of the Finnish people to independence.

Alien world? Not quite, astrophotographer Niccolò Bonfadini captured this beautiful and surreal photo of snow covered trees in the Finnish Lapland, in the winter of 2011. The pinkish streak in the background, caused by the atmosphere reflecting light from the rising sun, is known as the Belt of Venus.