Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2018 - Page 17

Finland turned 100 years on 6 December 2017. Already during the months leading to the main event, the Finns were busy – perhaps uncharacteristically so – celebrating their native land. E arning their freedom from Russia, independence was a dream long cher- ished by these Northern people. In the wake of the Russian Revolution, the Soviet leader Lenin had bigger concerns and gave away the western vassal almost as an after- thought. However, it was clear during the Winter War (1939–1940) and the Continua- tion War (1941–1944) that the mighty neigh- bor wanted Finns back into the fold. Finland survived her trial by fire. Nev- ertheless, the rebuilding years after the war were filled with toil and sacrifice and the political situation remained shaky for dec- ades to come. Eventually, this dirt-poor Nordic country would take its place among the wealthiest nations in the world. And the secret behind this historical climb? In things great and small, Finns have worked best when they work together for a common goal. Therefore, the theme of Fin- land’s centenary celebration year was easy to pick: ‘Together’. Nordicum 17