Sunday, May 15, 2011

FI-1078084 & FI-1085016

I've been received a lot of officials in the last days. These two are from Finland.

FI-1078084, sent by Maikki.
This is a card from Lapland, as we can read on the card, the land of the midnight sun.

"The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at latitudes north and nearby to the south of the Arctic Circle, and south and nearby to the north of the Antarctic Circle where the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Given fair weather, the sun is visible for a continuous 24 hours, mostly north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. The number of days per year with potential midnight sun increases the farther poleward one goes.

There are no permanent human settlements south of the Antarctic Circle, so the countries and territories whose populations experience it are limited to the ones crossed by the Arctic Circle, e.g.. Canada (yukon, Northwest Territorries and extremities of Iceland. A quarter of Finland's territory lies north of the Arctic Circle and at the country's northernmost point the sun does not set for 73 days during summer.

Since the Earth's axis is tilted with respect to the ecliptic by approximately 23 degrees 27 minutes, the sun does not set at high latitudes in (local) summer. The duration of the midnight sun increases from one day during the summer solstice at the polar circle to approximately six months at the poles. At extreme latitudes, it is usually referred to as polar day. The length of the time the sun is above the horizon varies from couple of days at the Arctic Circle and Antarctic Circle to 186 days at the poles." - in: wikipedia

FI-1085016, sent by Siv.

Jakobstad is a town in Ostrobothnia, west coast of Finland.
The town was founded in 1652. Since the town was founded, the refining of wood runs like a red thread: there are the sawmills, the shipbuilding with its associated shipping industry, the export of tar, pitch and products from the sawmills. At the end of the 19th century, the town rapidly became an industrial town. In the 20th century there was also the pulp industry and the plastic industry.

In 1835 a devastating fire destroyed approximately half of the city.
Today, Jakobstad is the centre of an economic region that has about 50,000 inhabitans and the town has an industry that is still focussed on wood, pulp, boat building, food products and metal products.

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