The Games of the XV Olympiad: Putting Finland back on the map

The Finnish Olympic dream came to fruition with the Helsinki Summer Games of 1952. For two weeks, Helsinki offered the Olympics a neutral safe haven from the storms of the Cold War. At the same time, Finland was rewarded for the “lost” 1940 Olympics that never materialised, as the world plunged instead into a second […]

The official symbols of Finland – flag, coat of arms and national anthem

Finland did not have an official flag when the country became independent. The “Blue Cross Flag” was adopted as the official flag of Finland on 28 May 1918 by decision of the Finnish parliament. It replaced the temporary state flag with the heraldic lion on red background. The Act on the Finnish Flag, endorsed by […]