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Uspensky cathedral in Helsiki
Porvoo:A long time ago...
The Porvoo Castle was built on the hill and the town was named Borgå ('castle river') in Swedish.
The Porvoo parish and the church originated in the 13th century. The church was first built of wood, later of stone. It was founded high on the hill to dominate the town.
Six towns were established in Finland during the Middle Ages. Some of them grew to be towns without any official order having been issued. This was the case with Porvoo, which got the town rights after Turku in the 14th century. The story tells that in 1346 Maunu Eerikinpoika (Magnus Eriksson), then the King of Sweden, visited Porvoo and granted the town rights there and then.
The Town Prospered through Trade
Porvoo was born at the junction of the sea and the river, a place where people from surrounding villages used to come to trade their merchandise. Goods from Europe travelled via Porvoo to the north, and people from the north brought furs and other commodities to Porvoo, to be transported via Tallinn to Central Europe.The wealthiest and most influential townsmen were merchants of German origin, burghers who were responsible for town planning. They also built a centre for local administration and trade activities, with a town hall and a market place.
The riverside storehouses surrounded a medieval harbour into which salt and other products were imported. The full export rights of a staple town were first conceded to Porvoo as early as the 16th century. Since the rise of mercantilism in the 17th century, butter, timber, dried fish, linen and tar were items exported from Porvoo although tar had to be sold via Helsinki.
WHAT ARE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?
The Northern Lights is a phenomenon that is seen in the skies on clear dark nights in the northern and southern polar regions. They are typically created about 100 km above the surface of the earth when accelerated particles in the earth's magnetic field collide with molecules of air, which in turn release some of their resulting energy as visible light. The phenomenon is similar to how the picture is made on a television screen or to the glow from a fluorescent lamp.
The common green-yellow and the rarer reds of the Northern Lights originate from the oxygen in the atmosphere; blue and violet come from the nitrogen. The particles that create the Northern Lights originate from the sun, which hurls them out into space at a speed of 1000 km a second on the so-called solar wind.
According to ancient Asian beliefs, a person that has once seen the Northern Lights will live happily until the end of his life. In Rovaniemi, the Northern Lights are seen on average every second night, mostly in September and October and in February and March. In Finland, the Northern Lights are known as the Fox's Tail. This name comes from an old Sámi myth in which a fox was running across the fells when its tail hit a snow bank and threw sparks - the Northern Lights - into the heavens.
Forecasting the Northern Lights
National park of Urho Kekkonen
Nature Protection and Recreational Use
One third of Finland is entrusted to the care of Metsähallitus. Most of the country's protected areas are located on State lands. Metsähallitus's nature protection and recreation services are funded from the State budget. In the main, the Natural Heritage Services are responsible for handling such services.
We manage protected areas, wilderness areas, and recreation areas to ensure that Finnish nature is preserved for posterity. We are responsible for the public services in such areas.
NOKIA MOBILE PHONES COME FROM FINLAND. THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN ESCAPE FROM NOKIA, IF YOU LIVE IN FINLAND.
Facts & Figures
- Research & development centers in 15 countries on 4 continents.
- Every third Nokia employee works in research & development.
- More than 60,000 employees worldwide.
- Locations in 50 countries.
- Head office located in Espoo, Finland.
- Mobile phones sold in 130 countries.
- Nokia's GSM technology has been sold to 100 operators worldwide.
- Nokia has delivered well over 50 GPRS networks to leading
operators in Europe, the US and Asia.
- By the end of year 2000 Nokia has been chosen as a 3G
supplier by a total of 13 operators in Asia, the US and Europe.
- Nokia sold 128.4 million mobile phones in 2000, and strengthened
its market leadership, leading to a total global market share of
approximately 32% for the full year 2000.
'AN ICE FANTASY OF FAIRYTALES'
Enter the SnowCastle of 2002 over a sturdy drawbridge and step into the midst of a dazzling ice fantasy. You can meet famous fairytale characters in the castle courtyard, in every cave and secret chamber.
The fierce Dragon Slide keeps watch over the courtyard and the royal throne still awaits visiting rulers. The absolute adventure of 2002 is the mysterious labyrinth, which leads to the hidden Diamond Cave. Who will find the way there?
SnowCastle 2002 also houses the SnowRestaurant, SnowHotel, SnowChapel and the CastleCourtyard. The 40-seat SnowRestaurant opens on 17 January, 2002 (weather permitting), at which time visitors have the opportunity to see how the castle is built, and even participate in snow sculpting.
Welcome to an ice fantasy of fairytales!
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