Acrylic Fridge Magnet with the Coat of Arms of Finland
A coat of arms is a unique design on a shield or a flag that is used to identify the wearer. The Finnish coat of arms is a lion wearing a crown on a red field. The lion's front right paw is replaced with an armored hand flaunting a sword while using his hind paws to trample a saber. Finland's coat of arms was initially created back in the year 1850 and is used on the country's flag along with the emblems of various authorities of the state. You can also keep a small memento of the Finnish Coat of Arms with you every day in the form of a delightful acrylic fridge magnet, which you can put on your fridge.
Importance of the Lion in Nordic History
The heraldry of Lion is quite an old and common thing in the coat of arms of many European countries that have incorporated the lion into their nation's coat of arms. Going back in history, we can see that what is known as the current day Finland was gradually added to the Swedish kingdom and it was during this time that the use coat of arms first became popular in northern Europe. Lion is a part of the Finnish coat of arms ever since Sweden used it on its royal seal during the period of Erik Knutsson and later Erik Eriksson who used three lions on his seal. During the early 1900's, the Finnish national coat of arms became a subject of controversy when people wanted the lion to be replaced by the bear on the arms because it had a central place in Finnish folktales. The bear had previously been used by North Finland on their emblem in 1557 and is still used on the Satakunta coat of arms. It was also thought to be the symbol of Russia. It was not until 1978 that the blazon of the coat of arms was finally decided and stated in the country's law.
Finland and Natural Attractions
If you are a nature lover and like clear sparkling lakes and dense forests, then Finland is the place for you. Jyvaskyla is said to be the largest city on the Finnish Lakeland but there are many others like Lahti, Kuopio and Savonlinna which a tourist can enjoy. The country is renowned for its good water quality and lush green forests that can be found around the rivers and seas. During winter, one can ski cross-country and enjoy at some popular ski resorts, which are in the north of the Arctic Circle that is in the Lapland. Santa Claus is known to live in Korvatunturi Finland and the town of Rovaniemi also has a Santa Claus village for tourists. You can also enjoy Moomin World - a theme park near Naantali, which is based on the Finnish comic strip by Tove jansson.
Nature and the Summer Season in Finland
Summer time in the country is marked by long days and in parts of Finland especially in the northern region and the Lapland area, the sun does not set at all. Tourists can fish and canoe on the large lakes like Inari or the Saimaa. Climbing is somewhat limited in Finland due to the lack of high mountains. The highest mountain is Halti near Enontekio, which is about 1328 m above the sea level. One can also visit the Avasaka Mountain that is close to the Swedish border during midsummer to enjoy the midnight sun dancing. This age-old tradition has been carried out in that place.