First of all, do you know where this is? And did you know that Helsinki was not the original capital of Finland? By the way Finland will be celebrating their independence day on 6th December. It has been 99 years! Congratulations!
Hundreds of years ago, the area settled by the Finnish people were dominated by the Swedes. They (the Swedes) built fortresses and towns all across what is today Finland. And guess where the capital of this territory was? No prizes for guessing that the city of Turku was the seat of power.
We’ll always remember the story of how the Finns came to this part of the world. This was recounted by a Finnish colleague and friend of Mel, so don’t blame us for any inaccuracies!
You see, when the ice age began to end, the Finno-Ugrian peoples came to a cross road. One was due north and the other due south. Southwest to be probable since he did not specify from where this was.
The idea is that the tribe “split”. It was said the smart ones headed southwest and as history goes the rest went north to the frostbiting cold…now this is likely to get a lot of flak from Finnish people, but it was spoken half (well mostly) in jest and lots of vodka! Perhaps you can correct us here?
We think we had a great amount of affinity with Finland and in specific with Turku.
For Mel, it was a lot of work trips flying there via Copenhagen from Amsterdam. For Suan, she had the pleasure of exploring the city more than Mel did, cos’ he mostly saw Turku airport, hotel, the office and sat in taxis.
What did she see that Mel did not?
Read more here about our purported fate with Turku.