History UsefulNotes / Finland

11th Oct '17 12:26:51 AM FireCrawler2002
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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}}, 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.

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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 Northern European country squeezed between UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} and 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.
31st Jul '17 8:14:22 AM RezaMaulana98
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** Nico Rosberg - his son, a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver, races under a German license.

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** Nico Rosberg - his son, a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver, driver (world champion 2016), races under a German license.



* Jarno Saarinen - Motorcycle road racer (250cc world champion 1972 and the first driver to use the now predominant style of riding corners with the knee on the ground)

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* Jarno Saarinen - Motorcycle road racer (250cc (now [=Moto2=]) world champion 1972 1972, the only Finn to win a [=MotoGP=] championship on any class and the first driver rider to use the now predominant style of riding corners with the knee on the ground)



* Sami Hyypiä - Football (proper football) player, central defender and captain for Liverpool FC for ten years, winning the FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield, UEFA Cup and the UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague in the process. Allowed to leave for Leverkusen in Germany in what Liverpool fans considered a great mistake. Current manager of FC Zurich in Switzerland after spells in charge of Leverkusen, Brighton Hove Albion and as assistant manager to the Finland national team.

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* Sami Hyypiä - Football (proper football) player, central defender and captain for Liverpool FC for ten years, winning the FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield, UEFA Cup and the UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague in the process. Allowed to leave for Leverkusen in Germany in what Liverpool fans considered a great mistake. Current manager of FC Zurich in Switzerland after spells in charge of Leverkusen, Brighton & Hove Albion and as assistant manager to the Finland national team.
11th Jun '17 7:38:18 PM Scoutstr295
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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) [[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. It all started in 1939, when Joseph Stalin decided to invade and occupy (in other words, conquer) Finland, partially to use it as a buffer against Hitler's army. That started the brief but brutal Winter War, which the small country technically did not win, despite killing way more of the invading soldiers than losing its own. The stalemate did not result in permanent peace, and Finland allegedly attacked the USSR in 1941 with the Germany-supplied weapons (according to some sources, in self defense), becoming the only democratic state technically on the Axis side. Neither side won, but Finland retained its independence. After making peace with the Soviets, the country had (at Moscow's insistence) to expel the Germans from its soil by force (which resulted in additional destruction). USSR still ended up with a chunk of Finnish territory, East Karelia. This long sequence of events has given wargame designers headaches to this day.

Finland was the first country to paint swastikas on its aircraft, [[NonNaziSwastika 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.

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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) [[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. It all started in 1939, when Joseph Stalin UsefulNotes/JosephStalin decided to invade and occupy (in other words, conquer) conquer Finland, partially to use it as a buffer against Hitler's UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's army. That started the brief but brutal Winter War, which the small country technically did not win, despite killing way more of the invading soldiers than losing its own. The stalemate did not result in permanent peace, and Finland allegedly attacked the USSR in 1941 with the Germany-supplied German-supplied weapons (according to some sources, in self defense), becoming the only democratic state technically on the Axis side. Neither side won, but Finland retained its independence. After making peace with the Soviets, the country had (at Moscow's insistence) to expel the Germans from its soil by force (which resulted in additional destruction). USSR The Soviets still ended up with a chunk of Finnish territory, East Karelia. This long sequence of events has given wargame designers headaches to this day.

Finland was the first country to paint swastikas on its aircraft, [[NonNaziSwastika 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 must have looked odd to see British-supplied Hurricane fighters and American Brewsters with swastikas painted on the side, though.
7th Jun '17 12:21:16 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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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) [[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. It all started in 1939, when Joseph Stalin decided to invade and occupy (in other words, conquer) Finland, partially to use it as a buffer against Hitler's army. That started the brief but brutal Winter War, which the small country technically did not win, despite killing way more of the invading soldiers than losing its own. The stalemate did not result in permanent peace, and Finland allegedly attacked the USSR in 1941 with the German-supplied weapons (according to some sources, in self defense), becoming the only democratic state technically on the Axis side. Neither side won, but Finland retained its independence. After making peace with the Soviets, the country had (at Moscow's insistence) to expel the Germans from its soil by force (which resulted in additional destruction). USSR still ended up with a chunk of Finnish territory, East Karelia. This long 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) [[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. It all started in 1939, when Joseph Stalin decided to invade and occupy (in other words, conquer) Finland, partially to use it as a buffer against Hitler's army. That started the brief but brutal Winter War, which the small country technically did not win, despite killing way more of the invading soldiers than losing its own. The stalemate did not result in permanent peace, and Finland allegedly attacked the USSR in 1941 with the German-supplied Germany-supplied weapons (according to some sources, in self defense), becoming the only democratic state technically on the Axis side. Neither side won, but Finland retained its independence. After making peace with the Soviets, the country had (at Moscow's insistence) to expel the Germans from its soil by force (which resulted in additional destruction). USSR still ended up with a chunk of Finnish territory, East Karelia. This long sequence of events has given wargame designers headaches to this day.
7th Jun '17 12:20:31 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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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) [[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.

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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) [[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. It all started in 1939, when Joseph Stalin decided to invade and occupy (in other words, conquer) Finland, partially to use it as a buffer against Hitler's army. That started the brief but brutal Winter War, which the small country technically did not win, despite killing way more of the invading soldiers than losing its own. The stalemate did not result in permanent peace, and Finland allegedly attacked the USSR in 1941 with the Nazi invasion, German-supplied weapons (according to some sources, in self defense), becoming the only democratic state technically on the Axis side. Neither side won, but Finland lost but retained its independence, and after independence. After making peace with the Soviets Soviets, the country had (at Moscow's insistence) to expel the Germans from its soil by force. force (which resulted in additional destruction). USSR still ended up with a chunk of Finnish territory, East Karelia. This long sequence of events has given wargame designers headaches to this day.
7th May '17 9:13:35 AM StarSword
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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.

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Finland was the first country to paint swastikas on its aircraft, [[NonNaziSwastika 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.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.
31st Dec '16 6:57:35 PM nombretomado
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* Music/{{Lordi}} - Hard Rock band, EurovisionSongContest winners

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* Music/{{Lordi}} - Hard Rock band, EurovisionSongContest Series/EurovisionSongContest winners
12th Nov '16 4:46:57 PM nombretomado
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* Lauri Törni/Larry Thorne - A Finnish officer and a legendary soldier during World War II. He is most famous for serving as a military officer in three different armies: He left the Finnish Army after the end of the Continuation War in 1944 and joined the German [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Waffen-SS]] so he could keep fighting the Soviets, then eventually made his way to the United States after the end of World War II and joined the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks U.S. Army]] in 1954 under the name of Larry Thorne. He was reported MIA in Vietnam while serving as an officer in the Green Berets; there is a rumor that he inspired the JohnWayne feature of the same name. Again belongs to NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

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* Lauri Törni/Larry Thorne - A Finnish officer and a legendary soldier during World War II. He is most famous for serving as a military officer in three different armies: He left the Finnish Army after the end of the Continuation War in 1944 and joined the German [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Waffen-SS]] so he could keep fighting the Soviets, then eventually made his way to the United States after the end of World War II and joined the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks U.S. Army]] in 1954 under the name of Larry Thorne. He was reported MIA in Vietnam while serving as an officer in the Green Berets; there is a rumor that he inspired the JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne feature of the same name. Again belongs to NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.
11th Oct '16 10:02:43 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* Sami Hyypiä - Football (proper football) player, central defender and captain for Liverpool FC for ten years. Now turns out for Leverkusen in Germany in what Liverpool fans consider a great mistake.

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* Sami Hyypiä - Football (proper football) player, central defender and captain for Liverpool FC for ten years. Now turns out years, winning the FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield, UEFA Cup and the UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague in the process. Allowed to leave for Leverkusen in Germany in what Liverpool fans consider considered a great mistake.mistake. Current manager of FC Zurich in Switzerland after spells in charge of Leverkusen, Brighton Hove Albion and as assistant manager to the Finland national team.
18th Sep '16 3:10:57 PM nombretomado
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* Remedy Entertainment - Software developers, creators of ''VideoGame/DeathRally'', ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' and ''AlanWake''.

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* Remedy Entertainment - Software developers, creators of ''VideoGame/DeathRally'', ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' and ''AlanWake''.''VideoGame/AlanWake''.
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