colour photograph of the entrance to a stadium with the Olympic rings and flags flying

Lonkero: the Finnish long drinks invented for the 1952 Olympics

Lonkero is a type of drink invented for a sporting ocasion – the 1952 Olympic Games held in Helsinki.

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Sustainability and Tourism

The impact of tourism, and the way forward towards environmental, social and economic harmony.

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landscape painting showing a tree on a mountain in front of a lake

Eero Järnefelt, painter of Finnish nature

Finnish painter Eero Järnefelt was inspired by nature. Over his artistic career of more than 60 years, many of paintings depict details of nature and weather in particular in Finland.

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interior of a telephone exchange with machinery and technology

How the Nordics connected the world: the story of telecommunication industries in Finland and Sweden

Do you remember your first mobile phone? There’s a good chance it came from a Nordic country, since Nokia from Finland or Ericsson from Sweden together dominated the global mobile phone market in 2000.

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aerial view of a river in which timber logs are floating

Taming the rivers: log driving in Sweden and Finland

In the 19th century, the forest industry in northern Europe started to grow steadily. Log driving – a cheap and fast way to transport logs – was critical in meeting the growing demand throughout Europe for sawn wood and square-cut timber.

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The Harry Orvomaa collection of Jewish recordings

Each month, Europeana Music invites a guest curator to talk about a musical subject and highlight some of the material on Europeana Music. For the month of October, Pekka Gronow presents the Harry Orvomaa collection of Jewish recordings. Now retired, Pekka was one of the founders of the Finnish Institute for Recorded Sound and adjunct […]

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Finland: Paavo Arhinmäki

Arti­cle by Paavo Arhinmäki, Minister for Culture and Sport: In my childhood during the 80’s all the boys – no matter if they were sons of a bank manager or the mailman – we all had rubbery soccer cleats. These were cheap, but as they are made of rubber – quite uncomfortable. Then became the era […]

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Midsummer Celebrations on Europeana

Our intern Lauri Poutanen from Finland writes about the Midsummer celebrations in Europe Midsummer (Swedish: Midsommar, Estonian: Jaanipäev, Finnish: Juhannus, Bulgarian: Enyovden, French: Fête de la Saint-Jean) started out as a pagan celebration related to summer solstice and fertility, but was then made a part of Christian traditions as Saint John’s day. In many countries, especially […]

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