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Summer at Suomenlinna

This is Suomenlinna, which literally means Castle of Finland, a sea fortress, built in six small islands just off the Helsinki coast. The fortress was built by the Swedish in the 18th century as protection against the Russians and developed by military architect Augustin Ehrensvärd. In the Finnish War (1808-09) between the Kingdom of Sweden and the Russian Empire however, the fortress surrendered to Russia, which led to the Russian occupation of the country in 1809. Until 1918 it was known as Viapori in Finnish and Sveaborg in Swedish, the name change was done for patriotic reasons after the Finnish independence. Suomenlinna was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991 and is now a popular place for both tourists and locals, as you can see here. In the background, Helsinki Cathedral is seen as well.

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Exif data:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot A720 IS
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/1614
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 5800/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2011-07-27 15:02
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 1591 kb

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