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  • Because of its history and geographic location Finland has been influenced by the adjacent areas' various Finnic, Baltic and Germanic peoples as well as the former dominant powers Sweden and Russia.
  • After Finland became independent there was a rise of modernist writers, most famously Mika Waltari. Frans Eemil Sillanpää was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1939 – so far the only one for a Finnish author. Literature in modern Finland is in a healthy state, with detective stories enjoying a particular boom of popularity. Ilkka Remes, a Finnish author of thrillers, is very popular.
  • Finnish architecture is famous around the world. Among the top of the 20th century Finnish architects to win international recognition are Eliel Saarinen (designer of the widely recognised Helsinki Central railway station and many other public works) and his son Eero Saarinen. Alvar Aalto, who helped bring the functionalist architecture to Finland, is also famous for his work in furniture and glassware.
  • Finland is one of the most advanced information societies in the world. There are around 200 newspapers; 320 popular magazines, 2,100 professional magazines and 67 commercial radio stations.
  • Finland hosts World Championship events such as mosquito swatting, wife carrying, mobile phone throwing, boot throwing and swamp soccer.
  • Traditional Finnish cuisine is a combination of European, Fennoscandian and Western Russian elements. The food is generally simple, fresh and healthy. Fish, meat, berries and ground vegetables are typical ingredients.
  • Various sporting events are popular in Finland. Pesäpallo (reminiscent of baseball) is the national sport of Finland, although the most popular sports in Finland in terms of media coverage are Formula One, ice hockey and football.