Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Located in Scandinavia in northern Europe, the climate of Finland—with its long, cold, and damp winters—has resulted in many pastimes involving snow or ice. Children from an early age take up skiing, skating, snowboarding, and riding in toboggans. Although people enjoy these on an amateur level, Finland has also produced large numbers of Olympic champions in winter sports. Cross-country and downhill skiing attract many—up to 10,000 people participate in the Finlandia Skiing Marathon. Sword-fighting and fencing have long been popular, and the Royal Academy of Turku has had an instructor in swordsmanship from at least 1640. One local game, Mölkky , has become the origin of the Cornish game Seattles, a version of Skittles in which all the pins are numbered. In the summer, many ...