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01-22-2014, 11:26 PM
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Finland was part of Sweden for 700+ years--they lost Finland to Russia in 1815 (or so) and Finland became independent in late 1917. One thing the Russians did was move the capital to Helsinki (which had been a pretty small town) because it was closer to Russia--hence the Russian looking architecture in the pictures above. Ask any Finn how they feel about their neighbor to the east and it's a very short answer (usually not printable).

Anyway, I'm surprised at how few Finns have been drafted recently. Sweden has spent a lot of time and effort improving their youth hockey and it shows. The Finns need to get back on track.

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