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November 30, 1939, began like any other winter Thursday in Finland. For many families, it was pea soup and pancake day. People were already dreaming of Christmas, the light in the darkness. There was worry over the international situation, of course, but it seemed far away. Thankfully, the recent crisis with Stalin concerning his territorial …
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August 23 is the 79th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that paved the way for World War II. The invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany from the west on September 1, 1939, and by the Soviet Union from the east two weeks later,  had been set in motion on August 23, 1939, …
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On the journey toward Finland’s independence as a nation, the epic poem Kalevala played a central role in creating a sense of national pride and identity. The first edition of the Kalevala appeared in 1835, compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poems collected in Finland and East Karelia. This poetic style and its stories had …
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One of the most important battles of the Winter War, the Battle of Raate Road, was fought Jan. 1–7, 1940. It was a part of the larger Battle of Suomussalmi. The Russians aimed to cut Finland in half at its narrow  ‘waistline’, from Suomussalmi in the east to Oulu on the west coast. The Soviets …
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ON DECEMBER 6, 1917, the Finnish parliament declared independence from Russia. After 700 years of Swedish rule and 100 years as a Russian Grand Duchy, the sovereign state of Finland took shape. Over the next 100 years, the young nation fought hard for its independence, fending off the Soviet Union in the Winter War and …
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November 30, 1939, began like any other winter Thursday in Finland. For many families, it was pea soup and pancake day. Daylight hours were short; the darkness came early. There was concern over the international situation, of course, but it seemed far away. There had recently been negotiations with Stalin concerning his territorial demands on …
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The Soviet Union attacked Finland on November 30, 1939, and the Winter War began. The groundwork for this had been laid in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of the previous August, when Stalin and Hitler agreed on spheres of influence in Europe and placed Finland in the Soviet sphere.  The war ended in a bitter armistice in …
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Today, August 23, is the 78th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that paved the way for World War II to begin. Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939 and two weeks later the Soviet Union invaded Eastern Poland.  These events had been set in motion on August 23, 1939, with the …
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Is Russia preparing to use the same strategy in the Ukraine that the Soviet Union used in the 1939-40 Winter War in Finland? A noted Israeli analyst believes so and that the first steps are already being taken. Avraam Shmulyevich presents this theory in Tallinn’s Postimees newspaper. Citing the recent proclamation by Moscow’s agents in …
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Former President of Finland (1982–1994) Mauno Koivisto (1923– 2017) was buried today in Helsinki. It was the first time Finland had buried a president in thirty years and huge crowds followed the ceremony in Helsinki and on television. This moving rendition of Veteraanin Iltahuuto was performed by Jorma Hynninen and the boys’ choir Cantore Minores, …
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