Proud Years 2004
Arma Magni Ducatus Finlandiæ.
The arms of the Grand Duchy of
Finland, as pictured in 1591 on the
pedestal of Gustav Vasa's tomb
in Uppsala Cathedral, Sweden.
Ruled by Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries and by Russia from 1809,
Finland finally won its independence in 1917 the 6:th of December.
During World War II, it was able to successfully defend its freedom and
fend off invasions by the Soviet Union and Germany.
In the subsequent half century, the Finns have made a remarkable transformation from a
farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy;
per capita income is now on par with Western Europe.
As a member of the European Union, Finland was the only Nordic state
to join the euro system at its initiation in January 1999.
Click at the Arma to read about the History and
here below is also some links that you can go and read about Finland:
Finland1 Finland 2
Finland 3 Finland 4
from Finnish to English by Keith Bosley)
behold, thy daylight now is dawning,
the threat of night has now been driven away.
The skylark calls across the light of morning,
the blue of heaven lets it have its way,
and now the day the powers of night is scorning:
thy daylight dawns, O Finland of ours!
arise, and raise towards the highest
thy head now crowned with mighty memory.
Finland, arise, for to the world thou criest
that thou hast thrown off thy slavery,
beneath oppression´s yoke thou never liest.
Thy morning´s come, O Finland of ours!
I must tell
you that I had a pause here, a break from the computer after that I
send in the page of Finlands Independenceday and I was seeing a very
old Finnish movie that they send always at this special day, it's an every
years tradition here! I don't know what is the name they call it in English
but I know that they have made traductions of the book also in English
and it has become well known worldwide. It's made from the text of a
book written by Väinö Linna, one of our greatest writers by the time.
The title freely traducted by me is:
"A soldier without name"
It's the story about the war and the soldiers in the fields, when we gain the independence and it's written at the base of letters
and writings in personal diarys, based on true stories. It's makes every time the very same reaction,
makes one crye to see how many loose their lifes and in which way for our
country, our Fosterland, there were so young soldiers out at the fields when they start to be desesperated and loose, just boys, children 14-15
years old ones. There were not many adult men to come and fight anymore.
Gosh I cry always with this movie and it's with proud that I can say that
we won something what seemed it was impossible to win, at least that was
the thoughts of the soldiers and those who were out there at the wartanner
and at the frontlines. This movie is so very realistic and so well done,
made 1956. This is a homenagem to all our soldiers who fight there and
loose their lives and to those veterans who was left with the gift of life,
but they gave us the most precious gift of all,
The gift of Liberty !!!
Be Blessed they all who was there !
My Grandpa's,both of them has been veterans of the worldwar II,
but not yet from that war of Independence as we gain that 1917,
I want to share this wonderful day of ours with you in my Heart
I want to write
here a few words to honor the man who has been so kind of to give me his
personal permission of to use some of the historical material I have here
introduced of Finlands History.
I find his website
to be one of the most perfect and most educational website about the history of
Finland! His name is
Pauli Kruhse, I recomend that if you would like to know more about my Foster
land and the history that you'll go streight to his site. But you must remeber
that all material whether is his or mine here goes under
law and therefor you can't copy any text or material from here.
Copyright © 2003
to give a special Thank You to Pauli Kruhse who have so kindly permitted me to
expore material from his site here at my pages. Wonderful person, Kiitos Pauli
© 2002-2005Sirpa Bister
More about Finland, click at the quilt piece above *S*