This postcard of the University of Helsinki came from Eva who lives in Finland. The university has been in Helsinki since 1829 but was originally founded in Turku, as the Royal Academy of Turku, under Swedish rule in 1640. That’s before my country was even discovered. It is the largest university in Finland, with over 36 000 students enrolled and studying in 11 different faculties. The university ranks among the top 100 universities in the world (as opposed to mine, which is usually top 500.) Usually. The university only admits 15% of all its applicants, which means that it’s not far behind the likes of Yale and Harvard on admissions, if at all. Looks like a pretty brilliant place to study for me. Of course my dream university has always been that oh so lovely place in The Netherlands called Leiden. Thank you Eva!
From the land of year-round Christmas postcards, Finland, comes this postcard of Santa Claus on a Tunturi moped. This postcard was sent to me by Tuula. Oh but those Finnish people, ha! They think we would buy the fact that Santa rides around on a moped, nuh uh. We know better, don’t we? A sled and 8 reindeer, that’s how this works! We all know that. Of course, I am being facetious. Tunturi is a brand of mopeds that was opened in Turku, Finland in 1922. The company originally started out as a repair shop and gradually moved into the building of Tunturi branded motorcycles. It became a market leader by the 1950s. Tuula tells me that even her dad had one of these mopeds when she was small. Tunturi later decided to move into fitness products and is now sold in more than 40 countries around the world. Always good to learn a thing or two about something you know naught. Thanks Tuula!