Apollo: The Wind, the Spirit, and the God : Four Studies by Karl Kerenyi

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Page 22 Under the Tsar, Finnish industry developed and took advantage of a vast duty-free Russian market. In 1856 the extremely important Saimaa Canal opened; it connected the vast inland waterways of the lake district with the Gulf of Finland and nearby St. Petersburg. The tar and timber industries boomed, and the manufacture of ships and steam engines began. The Tsar wanted the capital of Finland moved away from Sweden. Previously, Stockholm had been the capital of the united kingdom, with Turku on the west coast of Finland as its provincial center.

Russia accepted Christianity around 988. In 1054, when the Catholic church split, Russia took the Eastern Orthodox side and eventually became known as the Russian Orthodox church. The rivalry between Sweden and Novgorod (Russia) was heightened by the religious breach between them. Both wanted to convert the Finns to their particular brand of Christianity. According to some sources some priests made trips to Finland, but the religion did not take hold. The Swedes, with the blessings of the Pope, embarked upon a "crusade" with both economic and religious objectives (mainly the former).

In northern Finland, the summer temperature averages about 4 or 5 degrees cooler than those of England and Holland. Winter temperatures in Finland in January usually range from 1727 degrees F near Helsinki to 414 degrees F at Page 12 the Arctic Circle at Rovaniemi. In rare years, a cold blast from Siberia has been known to plummet winter temperatures to as low as -40 degrees F (or C). Daylight varies in the south of Finland from a minimum of about six hours during the winter to more than twenty hours in the summer.

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