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    • Welcome to the Republic of Finland, where spending time in the sauna is a national past time. by: Ken Mills
    • Independence from Russia
      • Conquered by czar Alexander I in 1809
      • A revolution distracts Russia
      • On Dec. 6, 1917, independence was declared peacefully
    • The Flag
      • Adopted on May 29, 1918
      • White represents snow
      • Blue represents the lakes
    • Map of Finland
      • Capital city is Helsinki
      • Lapland- northern region, home to the Sami, the native people of Finland
      • Savonlinna- international snow sculpture competition
    • The Renaissance & Reformation in Finland
      • Part of the Swedish Kingdom
      • No major influence to the renaissance
      • Protestantism replaces Catholicism
    • Finland and Absolutism
      • Still controlled by Sweden
      • Russia and Sweden fight for control
    • Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, and Finland
      • Now a grand duchy of Russia
      • Finnish nationalism spreads
      • Independence is wanted
    • WWI Affects Finland
      • Russia has a revolution
      • Finland peacefully declares independence
      • Blockades cause food shortages and unemployment
    • Finland Fights in WWII
      • Finland vs. Soviet Union
      • 1939-1940: the winter war, Finns lost
      • 1940-1941: the continuation war, Finns lost
      • Ceded the Karelia to Russia
    • Finland in the Cold War Neutral!
    • Government
      • Parliament, President, and Prime Minister
      • Parliament and Prime Minister serve 4 years, President serves 6
      • Tarja Halonen (current president)- 1 st woman president, serving her second term
      • Matti Vanhanen (current prime minister)- serving first term
    • Finland and U.S.
      • Finnish embassy in Washington D.C.
      • American embassy in Helsinki
    • Lahti, Finland
      • Tiirrismaa- ski resort
      • Skiing Stadium- 295ft ski jump, cross-country trails, 3,300ft floodlit sawdust run
      • Kiverio- 165ft high water tower with a café at 130ft
    • Urho Kekkonen
      • The most popular political figure
      • Prime Minister in 1950
      • President from 1956 to 1981
      • Kept Finland neutral during the Cold War
      • Arranged the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in Aug. 1975
        • Helsinki Accords: settled post-WWII national boundaries