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Finland

Helsinki, Finland. The sea is ever present in this city, as here on the shores of Siltasaari.
Helsinki, Finland. The railway station was built by the famous architect Eliel Saarinen in Finnish Jugendstil style, celebrating the recent independence of Finland. It is said that Lenin having lived in Helsinki when he was just a dissident may have weighed on Russia's decision to grant independence to Finland in 1917.
Helsinki, Finland. This building on Erottajankuja is typical of 19th century architecture present throughout Europe.
Helsinki, Finland. The presidential palace of this republic of 5.5 million inhabitants flies its flag only when its female president is in residence.
Helsinki, Finland. Senate Square, with Tuomiokirkko Cathedral.
Helsinki, Finland. Hakaniemi district, with its brick market hall in the foreground, where gourmets can find anything, Finnish and foreign produce.
Kultaranta, Finland. At the end of August, nature is particularly magical. Here, a golden light shed on birch trees near the summer presidential residence accounts for its name, meaning "golden shore".
Turku, Finland, fortified castle. Turku is one of the oldest cities in the country and hosted its first bishopric in the 13th century. Turku was the previous capital of Finland.
Turku, Finland. On the shores of the Aura river, lies the superb Jugendstil city hall.
Rauma, Finland. Small street in the historic district composed of 600 wooden houses, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Although a few houses date from the 18th century most of them are from the 1820's and 1830's. Yet the district is a harmonious neo-renaissance showcase, a style which was fashionable in the 1880's and 1890's, period of great prosperity and renovation in Rauma.
Rauma, Finland. Market square, on Sunday morning.
Kristiinankaupunki, Finland. A remarkable historic landmark, with its district of wooden housing, one of the oldest in the country. In the foreground a 17th century wooden building, next to the 18th century city hall. The narrowest street in Finland, located on the village outskirts, has a very exotic name; "Kissanpiiskaajankuja", or "Cat whipper lane".
Central Western Finland. Landscape of rural Finland in the harvest season.
Wasa, Finland. Fine example of Jugendstil architecture in this Swedish-speaking town in Western Finland.
South of Gulf of Botnia, Finland. Thumbs up for the architect and client who came up with this gas station, near the harbor of Kalajoki, or "fish river" in Finnish.
65th parallel, Finland. North from the Baltic sea, the gulf of Botnia spreads its sandy beaches under the sunniest skies in Northern Europe.
Rovaniemi, Finland. Santa Claus village. It is located on the Polar Circle, called "Napapiiri" in Finnish, from napa, "navel", and piiri, "circle".