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Helsinki - Horizon 2030

Thursday July 18th, 2013. 09:17 AM. Published under History, helsinki. 1 Comment.

This is a video from the City Planning Department of the City of Helsinki, where you can see the really ambitious projects that are planned to expand the city. Some of these projects already started.

A screenshot from the video:

To understand these projects in an historic context check out the next map. It’s fascinating to see how the west side of the capital (Ruoholahti -Jätkäsaari ) has grown, and by 2030 will almost double its size again.

Molotov cocktail

Sunday July 1st, 2012. 03:44 AM. Published under Finland culture, History, Videos. 5 Comments.

Everyday you learn something new.


The name “Molotov cocktail” was coined by the Finns during the Winter War.


During the Winter War, the Soviet air force made extensive use of incendiaries and cluster bombs against Finnish troops and fortifications. When Soviet People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov claimed in radio broadcasts that they were not bombing, but delivering food to the starving Finns, the Finns, who were not starving, started to call the air bombs Molotov bread baskets. Soon they responded by attacking advancing tanks with “Molotov cocktails”, which were “a drink to go with the food”.

Molotov cocktails were eventually mass-produced by the Alko corporation at its Rajamäki distillery, bundled with matches to light them. Production totalled 450,000 during the Winter War.

Although it can’t be said that Molotov cocktail was a Finnish invention. Improvised incendiary devices were used for the first time in the Spanish Civil War between July 1936 and April 1939, before they became known as “Molotov cocktails”.

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