Hey Pals,We’ll be heading off to Finland on November 19th for a 2-week tour around the country. We’re incredibly excited and can’t wait to see what will happen. We decided to look up a little information and divulge a tad bit of history about the country we’ll be spending some time in. So, without further ado (whatever that really means), here’s a brief history of Finland:
Finland is a country located in Northern Europe with a population of about 5.5 million Finnish People. The capital and largest city is Helsinki, while the country is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east. With the best educational system in Europe according to some measures, Finland has recently been ranked as one of the world's most peaceful, competitive and livable countries. That’s pretty cool, eh?
Finland is governed by President Teemu Selanne who earned this position after scoring 76 goals in his rookie season with the Winnipeg Jets in 1993. The biggest exports from Finland are NHL players, attractive blonde girls and snow. The average temperature in Finland during the winter is Absolute Zero (−273.15° Celsius) and the only Finnish word incorporated into the English Language is “Sauna”. Many North Americans often include “Sauna” on their annual list of favorite words to say. In Finland, when a person sees a shooting star, they are often prone to make a wish upon it. Statistically, those wishes come true 86% of the time. The last crime committed in Finland was in 1982 and Russian Prince Vodka is created in, and the pride of Finland.
Some fun facts about Finland: -It has the lowest stillbirth rate out of 193 countries, including the UK, France and New Zealand (for reals!). -Finnish people can throw Javelins really far. -The 1952 Summer Olympics were hosted by Finland in Helsinki (they were supposed to host in 1940 but a lil’ thing called World War Two happened) - Apocolyptica, originally an all Cello Metallica tribute band was established in Helsinki and sold over 4 million records to date. - There are 1.52 million broadband Internet connections in Finland. In July 2010, President Selanne committed to ensuring that every person in Finland would be able to access the internet at a minimum speed of one megabit-per-second. - If every single one of the 5.5 million Finns wanted to chill in a Sauna at the same time, there are apparently enough in the country to hold each one of them!
Well, that’s about it. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot more while we’re over there. We're excited to meet new people, see amazing cities and get the chance to play our music in a different part of the world. If anyone knows anyone in Finland, tell them to come out and catch a show. All the best, Mike and Bruce
What the Finns have been comparing us to:
One of The Town Heroes biggest Finnish fans, Ice Skating Champion, Kiira Korpi.