Finland: In the Giant's Shadow

Finland's major achievement in the 20th century is that it still exists. It is thus little wonder that the 4,600,000 Finns intend to mark the 50th anniversary of their country's independence this year with a series of national celebrations. The festivities began this week with a parade of Finland's modest armed forces through the capital of Helsinki, whose distinction is that it is the world's second northernmost capital (after Iceland's Reykjavik). While the navy's Russian-built destroyers rode at anchor in the harbor, the army's British tanks and French artillery rolled through the...

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