The Maiden of Finland (Finnish: Suomi-neito, Swedish: Finlands mö) is the national personification of Finland.
She is a barefoot young woman in her mid-twenties with often braided blonde hair, blue eyes, wearing a blue and white national costume or a white dress. She was originally called Aura after the Aura River in Turku.
As a symbol, the Finnish Maiden has been used since the 19th century when she was pictured as a woman wearing a turreted crown, and then developing as Finland gained a national consciousness and independence.
Because of the historical bonds between Finland and Sweden, the Finnish Maiden has sometimes been interpreted as the daughter or younger sister of Mother Svea.
The Maiden of Finland can also refer to the shape of Finland on the map. With a little imagination it looks like a female form which has one hand raised (and another before the Moscow Armistice of 1944), a head, and a skirt. The metaphor is so commonly used that the northwestern area around Enontekiö is known as the Arm (Käsivarsi) even in official contexts.
In the painting Hyökkäys by Eetu Isto, the Finnish maiden is being attacked by the Russian eagle, which is tearing away the law book. It was painted when the Russification of Finland started 1899.
(07-02-2014, 08:54 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote: Just think AS, if you Finnish people added a manmade land extension and a strategically placed lake your country could look like this and also reflect to communist countries your position.
Mr Molotov said something about the USSR "feeling threatened"
by mighty Finland.
Nah, the more one reads and learns about it, the more it looks
like the expansion westward was longtime coming from Kreml.
Just look at Estonia, Latvia, Lithuaina, Poland. Seems like the
assault on Finland was a trial run gone slightly wrong.
But also a chance for Stalin to cynically get rid of some
politically unstable Ukranian elite troops, while still reaching
some of the objectives..? Uncle Joe was a cunning psycho,
Perfectly fine, I am, with the current map :)
Only joking about Mr Hitler there
Totalitarianism was never in the folk soul over here
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