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Eighty years ago, on the evening of August 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union shocked the world by signing a nonaggression pact in ..read more
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The festival of Juhannus, or Midsummer, is second only to Christmas in importance in Finland.  It has been observed since pagan times in ..read more
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By early March 1940 the final act of the Winter War between Finland and Russia was underway. A new and massive Russian offensive had been ..read more
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On the journey toward Finnish independence as a nation, the epic poem Kalevala played a central role in creating a sense of national pride ..read more
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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 ..read more
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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 ..read more
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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 ..read more
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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 ..read more
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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 ..read more
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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 ..read more

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