History UsefulNotes / Finland

30th Mar '16 9:27:29 PM Specialist290
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Finland is the world's best country chosen by the Newsweek (''Take that Sweden!''). In fact, due to its awesome school system [[spoiler:and Newsweek's dodgy scoring system]] Finland got 102 points for education -- out of 100.

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Finland is the world's best country chosen by the Newsweek (''Take that Sweden!''). In fact, due to its awesome school system [[spoiler:and Newsweek's dodgy scoring system]] Finland got 102 points for education -- [[BrokeTheRatingScale out of 100.
100]].
15th Oct '15 6:47:28 PM GastonRabbit
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The Finnish language is notoriously alien-looking to speakers of Indo-European languages (such as English and Swedish)[[note]]In the context of all the languages in the world, however, it isn't particularly strange[[/note]]; it is part of the completely unrelated Uralic group (including the closely related Estonian, the very distantly related Hungarian, the Sámi languages spoken in Lapland and a number of minority languages in Russia). It was this strangeness that attracted Creator/JRRTolkien to the language, and he used Finnish as the basis for his invented Elvish languages (specifically Quenya) -- though he later changed the spelling to a more Latinate form that would look more appealing to English eyes. That said, Finnish is actually spelled very much like classical Latin, probably because Finnish spelling was deliberately created a relatively short time ago.

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The Finnish language is notoriously alien-looking to speakers of Indo-European languages (such as English and Swedish)[[note]]In the context of all the languages in the world, however, it isn't particularly strange[[/note]]; it is part of the completely unrelated Uralic group (including the closely related Estonian, the very distantly related Hungarian, the Sámi languages spoken in Lapland Lapland, and a number of minority languages in Russia). It was this strangeness that attracted Creator/JRRTolkien to the language, and he used Finnish as the basis for his invented Elvish languages (specifically Quenya) -- though he later changed the spelling to a more Latinate form that would look more appealing to English eyes. That said, Finnish is actually spelled very much like classical Latin, probably because Finnish spelling was deliberately created a relatively short time ago.
5th Sep '15 1:42:29 AM GastonRabbit
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Finland ('''Finnish:''' ''Suomi'', '''Swedish:''' ''Finland''), officially known as the Republic of Finland ('''Finnish:''' ''Suomen tasavalta'', '''Swedish:''' ''Republiken Finland''), is a large, mostly empty country squeezed between UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} and UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}. Though ethnically distinct from both, it has generally been ruled by one or the other for most of its history. After centuries of Swedish domination (leading to Finland still having a sizable Swedish-speaking minority), it was handed over to Russia in 1809 and remained under the Tsar until the revolutions of 1917 gave it the chance to break free.

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Finland ('''Finnish:''' ''Suomi'', '''Swedish:''' ''Finland''), officially known as the Republic of Finland ('''Finnish:''' ''Suomen tasavalta'', '''Swedish:''' ''Republiken Finland''), is a large, mostly empty country squeezed between UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} and UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}.UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, with its northern border being shared with UsefulNotes/{{Norway}}. Though ethnically distinct from both, it has generally been ruled by one or the other for most of its history. After centuries of Swedish domination (leading to Finland still having a sizable Swedish-speaking minority), it was handed over to Russia in 1809 and remained under the Tsar until the revolutions of 1917 gave it the chance to break free.



* Linus Torvalds initial creator of Linux kernel and the Git software used to maintain it.

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* Linus Torvalds initial creator of the Linux kernel and the Git software used to maintain it.
5th Sep '15 1:39:26 AM GastonRabbit
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* Linus Torvalds - Open-source OS kernel developer.
5th Sep '15 1:38:09 AM GastonRabbit
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Finland ('''Finnish:''' ''Suomi'', '''Swedish:''' ''Finland''), officially known as the Republic of Finland ('''Finnish:''' ''Suomen tasavalta'', '''Swedish:''' ''Republiken Finland''), is a large, mostly empty country squeezed between UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} and UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}. Though ethnically distinct from both, it has generally been ruled by one or the other for most of its history. After centuries of Swedish domination (leading to Finland still having a sizeable Swedish-speaking minority), it was handed over to Russia in 1809 and remained under the Tsar until the revolutions of 1917 gave it the chance to break free.

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Finland ('''Finnish:''' ''Suomi'', '''Swedish:''' ''Finland''), officially known as the Republic of Finland ('''Finnish:''' ''Suomen tasavalta'', '''Swedish:''' ''Republiken Finland''), is a large, mostly empty country squeezed between UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} and UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}. Though ethnically distinct from both, it has generally been ruled by one or the other for most of its history. After centuries of Swedish domination (leading to Finland still having a sizeable sizable Swedish-speaking minority), it was handed over to Russia in 1809 and remained under the Tsar until the revolutions of 1917 gave it the chance to break free.



The Finnish language is notoriously alien-looking to speakers of Indo-European languages (such as English)[[note]]In the context of all the languages in the world, however, it isn't particularly strange[[/note]]; it is part of the completely unrelated Uralic group (including the closely related Estonian, the very distantly related Hungarian, the Sámi languages spoken in Lapland and a number of minority languages in Russia). It was this strangeness that attracted Creator/JRRTolkien to the language, and he used Finnish as the basis for his invented Elvish languages (specifically Quenya) -- though he later changed the spelling to a more Latinate form that would look more appealing to English eyes. That said, Finnish is actually spelled very much like classical Latin, probably because Finnish spelling was deliberately created a relatively short time ago.

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The Finnish language is notoriously alien-looking to speakers of Indo-European languages (such as English)[[note]]In English and Swedish)[[note]]In the context of all the languages in the world, however, it isn't particularly strange[[/note]]; it is part of the completely unrelated Uralic group (including the closely related Estonian, the very distantly related Hungarian, the Sámi languages spoken in Lapland and a number of minority languages in Russia). It was this strangeness that attracted Creator/JRRTolkien to the language, and he used Finnish as the basis for his invented Elvish languages (specifically Quenya) -- though he later changed the spelling to a more Latinate form that would look more appealing to English eyes. That said, Finnish is actually spelled very much like classical Latin, probably because Finnish spelling was deliberately created a relatively short time ago.



* Linus Torvalds Initial creator of Linux kernel.
* Michael Widenius creator of MySQL.

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* Linus Torvalds Initial initial creator of Linux kernel.
kernel and the Git software used to maintain it.
* Michael Widenius creator co-creator of MySQL.MySQL (with Swedish developer David Axmark).
5th Sep '15 1:28:27 AM GastonRabbit
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For some unknown reason, Finnish overrepresentation is almost a RunningGag amongst online communities. Finns have a large presence on this wiki, possibly the largest from a non-English-speaking nation. Finland was one of the first countries on adopting the Internet, and many IT innovations -- social media, MySQL, mobile technology -- originate in Finland.

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For some unknown reason, Finnish overrepresentation is almost a RunningGag amongst online communities. Finns have a large presence on this wiki, possibly the largest from a non-English-speaking nation. Finland was one of the first countries on adopting the Internet, and many IT innovations -- innovations, such as social media, MySQL, media and mobile technology -- technology, originate in Finland.
Finland. In addition, one of the two original developers of MySQL, itself based in Sweden before being acquired by Sun (and eventually Oracle), is from Helsinki.
18th Jul '15 2:23:27 PM SSJMagus
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* UsefulNotes/SimoHayha - Sniper during the Winter War and all-round badass, nicknamed "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast White Death]]"

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* UsefulNotes/SimoHayha - Sniper during the Winter War and all-round badass, nicknamed "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast White Death]]"Death]]". He averaged killing about 7 Soviet soldiers every day during the war.
18th Jul '15 2:20:41 PM SSJMagus
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Finland was the first country to paint swastikas on its aircraft, though in their case it was the personal insignia of the Swedish count who paid to set the Air Force up, and pre-dates the Nazi use of the symbol. It still looks odd to see British-supplied Hurricane fighters and American Brewsters with swastikas painted on the side, though.

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Finland was the first country to paint swastikas on its aircraft, though in their case it was the personal insignia of the Swedish count who paid to set the Air Force up, and pre-dates the Nazi use of the symbol. The Finnish swastika was blue rather than black and rotated 45 degrees relative to the Nazi version. It still looks odd to see British-supplied Hurricane fighters and American Brewsters with swastikas painted on the side, though.
17th Jun '15 10:08:47 PM SoapyTroper
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Finland was neutral in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo for the first three months, ending with the Soviet invasion late November 1939. In one of the less likely outcomes of the recent memory, the Finnish army (outnumbered 4 to 1 in men and ''200 to 1'' in tanks) [[FinnWithAKnife handed the Red Army their asses on a plate and preserved Finnish independence]]. The Soviets gained the port of Viborg and a slice of Finnish territory. Better people than tropers have tried to determine which side actually won. Finland attacked the USSR in 1941 with the Nazi invasion, becoming the only democratic state on the Axis side. Finland lost but retained its independence, and after making peace with the Soviets had (at Moscow's insistence) to expel the Germans from its soil by force. This sequence of events has given wargame designers headaches to this day.

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Finland was neutral in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo for the first three months, ending with the Soviet invasion late November 1939. In one of the less likely outcomes of the recent memory, the Finnish army (outnumbered 4 to 1 in men and ''200 to 1'' in tanks) [[FinnWithAKnife [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests handed the Red Army their asses on a plate and preserved Finnish independence]]. The Soviets gained the port of Viborg and a slice of Finnish territory. Better people than tropers have tried to determine which side actually won. Finland attacked the USSR in 1941 with the Nazi invasion, becoming the only democratic state on the Axis side. Finland lost but retained its independence, and after making peace with the Soviets had (at Moscow's insistence) to expel the Germans from its soil by force. This sequence of events has given wargame designers headaches to this day.
14th Jun '15 5:33:18 AM morane
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->The flag displays a blue cross on a white field, symbolizing Christianity. The flag itself is loosely based on the ''Dannebrog'' (flag of UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}}), in which one axis is aligned towards the hoist side. As a state flag it adds the national coat-of-arms -- a red field containing a golden lion with an armored right forearm holding a sword and trampling on a saber with its hindpaws.

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->The flag displays a blue cross on a white field, symbolizing Christianity. The flag itself is loosely based on the ''Dannebrog'' (flag of UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}}), in which one axis is aligned towards the hoist side. The tinctures are those of the Russian naval ensign (dark blue saltire on white). As a state flag it adds the national coat-of-arms -- a red field containing a golden lion with an armored right forearm holding a sword and trampling on a saber with its hindpaws. (In heraldic language ''Gules, a crowned lion Or rampant armed and langued Argent holding a sword Proper on armoured dexter forepaw Argent trampling a sabre Proper semy of nine roses Argent'')
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