Suomi Finland 100 years

Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. The newly born state was willed into being by the Finns after a long struggle. In spite of hard times, the Finnish people have for almost a hundred years engaged in the building of their country and making decisions together.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    There are many things people here can be rightly proud of in Finland:

    * A culture where one doesn’t needlessly interact
    * Creating the world’s first graphical web browser
    * Not giving up against unsurmountable odds during WWII, and remaining independent
    * Some amazing architecture (Eliel Saarinen, Alvar Aalto)
    * The first country in the world where women had both the right to vote, and to stand for office
    * Significant and world-changing opensource technologies such as Linux, SSH, and MySQL
    * Beautiful nature, mostly unspoilt by pollution or overpopulation
    * Making saunas a thing
    * Creating the world’s first Internet-wide chat network, IRC
    * Nokia was key in defining things like GSM, SMS, smartphones
    * Crazy talented racing drivers
    * Free education, all the way to a university degree
    * Having a social security system
    * One of the least corrupt countries in the world
    * The safest country in the world (World Economic Forum)
    * It has given birth to some great computer games
    * Unique language, which influenced Tolkien

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    One hundred years of Finnish everyday life

    Over one hundred years, Finland’s population has grown with 2,5 million. In 1917 we were around 3 million, and now the number is 5,5 million.

    Over one hundred years Finland and the Finns have changed quite a bit. The changes can be seen in small as well as in larger things. We are healthier and we live longer. But what about getting wealthier – well, that depends on how you choose to measure wealth.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    And also computer demoscene motherland.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Some thoughts about independence, national identity and related stuff. Today is the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence from Russia. The Independence Declaration was approved by the new Bolshevik government of Russia, including Lenin and Stalin

    Finland is not 100 years old. Finland is much older than the modern concept of a sovereign nation state.

    Finland as a self-governing political entity – since 1809 it had been an autonomous grand duchy as part of the Russian Empire

    Even before that, there was a geographical region called Finland whose inhabitants were called Finns and many of them spoke Finnish. This area was under Swedish rule since the crusades.

    Finland can be seen as an abstract set of things that are Finnish.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This movie was done for this celebration in mind:

    Finnish war movie ‘Unknown Soldier’ sets explosives record, watch video (exclusive)

    Finnish war epic Unknown Soldier has taken more than $14m at the local box office, making it the biggest film ever in the territory since modern records began in the 1970s. In the same period, the 830,000 admissions for the movie are second only to Titanic.

    Aku Louhimies’ historical epic, which cost around €7m, has also smashed the Guinness World Record for the most high-explosives detonated in a film take.

    In one shot, the team used 64.8kg of high explosives with a TNT equivalent of 70.5kg

    The June 2016 simulation of an artillery bombardment of a Russian bunker included eleven ground explosions and fifteen tree explosions. The explosions were carried out on a military base

    Adapted from one of Finland’s most popular books, Unknown Soldier


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