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Things I didn’t know last week

June 13, 2016

Well, I have actually learned these things over the course of the last few weeks in meeting people and reading a few books I picked up last year. There’s no theme, just a mishmash of information.

  • Diplomatic relations between Finland and Canada were established in November 1947.
  • Suomenlinna was home to thousands of people during the second World War. Today only about 800 people live on the islands year round. I found a really interesting book at a secondhand store, which I am still reading…
  • I wrote about Espoonjoki a little while ago, so here are some other things I learned about  it: Espoonjoki is 27km and its source is near Serena in north Espoo. Five lakes are part of Espoonjoki’s catchment area and 22,000 people live around the shores of Pitkäjärvi, one of those lakes in the catchment area.
  • The Träskända manor house is owned by the City of Espoo, but is not currently being used. The city is looking for tenants. There are some huge oak trees on the grounds of the manor. There is also a small hiking trail system that is suitable for kids. I didn’t have a chance to spend much time there, so I have to make a point to go back.


  • This is called the Temple of Love and is across the valley from the Träskända Manor. It’s been vandalized a lot in the past, but it looked in pretty good shape when I stopped to take a look at it.


  • Last week, Finland was host to what is possibly the world’s biggest soccer (football) tournament for girls and women. The Stadi Cup was established in 1985. In 2015, some 330 teams from around the world took part!
  • The Finnish Canine Museum is an on-line historical look at dogs in Finland. I just stumbled across it the other day. So today’s new fact is, the Finnish Kennel Club was established on May 11, 1889.
  • On a more morbid front, and I am not sure how we got to this discussion point with the fellow I was speaking with… Finland was hit by different epidemics back in the 1800s, for example, cholera. Deceased victims in Helsinki were often disposed of in the South Harbour area (where the cruise ships leave from), or buried on the grounds of the Vanha Kirkko in downtown Helsinki. I am not sure if any of this is true, so if anyone knows, I’d love to hear more about this particular tidbit!

To do: explore more! 🙂

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Urmas permalink
    June 13, 2016 5:59 pm

    The Vanha (“Old”) Church Park is called “Plague Park” because of… yup, the 1710 plague:

    • June 14, 2016 7:58 am

      Urmas, awesome! Thanks so much for the info – I just learned something new today!

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