Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Made in Finland, Grown in Australia; Finland's 100th Anniversary Is Just around the Corner

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Made in Finland, Grown in Australia; Finland's 100th Anniversary Is Just around the Corner

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner kerri-anne.mesner@capnews.com.au

Maaret's favorite Finnish words

hyvA[currency]A[currency] pA[currency]ivA[currency]A[currency] = good day, or just pA[currency]ivA[currency]A[currency] (bay-vae)

HA[currency]mA[currency]hA[currency]kki = spider, just enjoy the way it sounds

rakkaus = Love, sounds nothing like love. Hard for a Finn to say "I love you"

Actually "minA[currency] rakastan sinua" sounds like you are blowing your nose and it's actually "I love you". We are not sentimental

Kissa = cat

Koira = dog

Munna = egg

Aurinko = sun, when you say this word "Aurinko" it sounds round and bright

KesA[currency] = summer, and therefore KesA[currency] koti = summer home

Vodka = vodka

KengA[currency]t = shoes

10 fun facts about Finland

1. Finland created a National Failure Day in 2010 (to learn from mistakes and not repeat them).

2. They drink more coffee per person than anyone else in the world (12kg a year).

3. They host a whole bunch of odd competitions, including wife carrying, mobile phone throwing, air guitar and boot throwing.

4. There are no payphones (it's the home of Nokia).

5. Finland has been ranked number one in the world for education.

6. Traffic violation fines depend on how much you earn. In 2002 a man was fined 116,000EUR (he had a yearly income of seven million)

7. It is the norm to have a sauna in your house.

8. In June and July, the sun doesn't drop below the horizon.

9. In the winter, the sun never reaches the horizon.

10. Finland has the most heavy metal bands, with 53 per 100,000 people.

"MADE in Finland, grown in Oz."

That is how Yeppoon's Maaret Sinkko started to explain her origins when she talked about her links to Finland and the country's upcoming 100th anniversary of being an independent country.

"What a lot of people don't know is that Finland was the great battleground between Sweden and Russia," Maaret said of the country her parents came from.

Despite being inhabited since the last ice age ended, the northern Europe country was subject to wars between other countries or groups of people for centuries. …

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