Tuesday, 21 June 2016

1457 : No Bronze Perch More Dear


BALTIC BUNDLE 2 : STATUE OF JOHAN LUDVIG RUNENBERG, HELSINKI

A statue of the Finnish national poet, Johan Ludvig Runenberg, stands on the Esplanade in Helsinki. Runenberg wrote the words that became the Finnish National Anthem - Maame or Our Land - but as an interesting side issue (and a potential pub quiz question) - these were originally written in Swedish rather than Finnish. The English translation includes the line: "No valley, no hill, no water, shore more dear". It would appear that the seagulls of Helsinki agree.

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