Finland’s 100th Birthday

One Hundred years ago next week Finland gained independence from Russia. In honor of the occasion Finnish artist Kari Kola is traveling the country lighting up landmarks, like in this lovely video from the national broadcaster YLE. It’s the 15th century Olavinlinna castle in Savonlinna, eastern Finland, home of an annual opera festival, attended this year in honor of the centennial by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Russian leader Vladimir Putin – and my wife and me. Although somehow, we weren’t invited onto the boat:

There are many more photos in the Finland Gallery at


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