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Naantali Music Festival

Held in the pretty coastal resort of Naantali in the southwest of Finland, the annual Naantali Music Festival presents a packed programme of performances by artists from all over the world. First organised in 1980 by the acclaimed cellist, professor Arto Noras, the festival includes an exciting programme of chamber music. Most performances take place in the town’s stunning mediaeval abbey while other events include concert cruises, open-air concerts, a coffee concert at Naantali Spa and a dinner concert at the Kaivohuone restaurant.


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April Jazz Espoo

Welcoming the arrival of the warmer weather, the April Jazz Espoo is a popular spring-time event that attracts music fans from all over the country and beyond. The festival is the largest annual jazz event in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and always attracts a great selection of bands and musicians from all over the world. Performances take place in a number of different venues with plenty on offer to suit all tastes. There are also a number of after-hours parties and club events which keep the feet stomping late into the night.


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Organ Night and Aria Festival

Taking place every Thursday during its 13-week programme, visitors can enjoy a series of musical performances in the stunning Espoo Cathedral, with the late night concerts spanning a wide range of musical genres.


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World Berry Picking Championship

If you think this sounds like the easy, sedate option, you need to remember you have to carry the berries! Last year’s winner hauled an impressive 27,98 kilograms of lingonberries in an hour! Every year in the village of Suomussalmi in the east of Finland contestants gather at the Ämmänsaari marketplace, where the competition starts and the picker who gathers the most lingonberries (found in Arctic regions only) within one hour wins a cash prize. No dedicated website but read more on: http://events.frommers.com/sisp/index.htm?fx=event&event_id=218397#ixzz2PyxKrDMb.


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Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship

This annual event has four competition categories. This includes original which involves throwing a mobile phone over-shoulder as far as possible; best of three throws. Furthermore, there is team original where 3 contestants throw and the three scores are added up that way. The two other categories include a junior version as well as a freestyle where contestants impress with their aesthetics and their creative choreography.
The Phones weight must be at least 220 grams to be acceptable, however the organisers can take preference on the weight of the phones used. The contestant is judged on the distance they throw the phone, also the technique.


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Midnight Sun Film Festival

The Midnight Sun Film Festival takes place in the village of Sodankyla, 120 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. Since it takes place during the summer months, the sun doesn’t set at all taking the entire experience one step further. A great festival for cinema buffs, the festival sees a host of well known directors, actors and movie enthusiasts from across the globe. There are movies spanning a variety of genres and eras along with silent movies accompanied by live music.


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Wife Carrying World Championships 2012

The Wife Carrying World Championships is an annual event which has been held in Sonkajärvi, Finland since its inception in 1992. The aim of the competition is for men to win a relay race with their wives on their shoulders. They must run along a 250m track which contains a number of dry obstacles and one water obstacle which is 1m deep. The carried woman does not necessarily have to be the wife of the carrier but has to be of over 17-years-old. The winner gets the weight of their wife in beer.


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Pori Jazz Festival

With a long history that stretches back to 1966, the festival has a well-earned reputation as one of the biggest and best jazz festivals in Europe. Attracting over 100,000 visitors during its nine-day duration, visitors to this event can expect an audio feast of jazz music that embraces the genre in all its weird and wonderful forms. Past performers have ranged from such classics as Chuck Berry and James Brown to more contemporary acts such as Craig David and Alicia Keys. But whatever your tastes, this is a fabulous festival that is popular with music fans young and old.


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Enontekiö Ice Fishing Week

This Fishing event is a series of ice fishing competitions held around the Enontekiö municipality. Travellers can tour the region, take part in the competitions and meet local people and experience the local culture.


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Saami Ski Race

The northernmost cross country ski marathon in the world, 500 competitors race from Enontekiö in Finland to Kautokeino in Norway, both central villages in the Sámi cultural area.


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Kotka Maritime Festival

Taking place each July in the coastal town of Kotka in the southeast of the country is the annual Maritime Festival. The event takes place at the height of summer attracting visitors from across the region for a fun event involving nautical displays, street theatre, live music and a market selling all manner of nautically-related goods and wares. A Children’s Maritime Festival is held at the same time and features a range of theatre, music and conjuring.


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Kivenlahti Rock

This popular music festival sees some of the best up and coming rock bands from around the world perform during this two-day event.


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Wife Carrying World Championships

The Wife Carrying World Championships sees male competitors race each other while carrying a female team mate to whom, perhaps misleadingly, they do not have to be married. Teams have to navigate a 253 metre course, which includes obstacles such as a 3-foot high log hurdle, a small pond called the “The Widow Maker” and a sand trap known as “Sand Mountain”. The aim is to complete the course in the fastest possible time and still be talking to your partner at the end.


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Air Guitar World Championships 2012

What began as a joke in 1996 has become a fun – if slightly absurd – annual championship, with competitors taking to the stage to show off their best air guitar skills. The jury looks for charisma, originality and skill in the air guitar player. The purpose of the event is to promote world peace, the idea being that if everyone in the world played air guitar then it would be a much better place.


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Black and White Theatre Festival

The Black and White Theatre Festival is an alternative theatre event promoting puppetry, dance and pantomime. It’s held in Imatra in the Samiaa region along the South East border of Finland.


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Juhannusvalkeat (Midsummer)

Midsummer’s eve celebration with bonfires, folk music and dancing.


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Reindeer Championship Races

The Reindeer Championship Races are the highlight of the reindeer racing year, held on the icy terrain of Lapland’s biggest lake, Lake Inari. There are also other unusual events like a lassoing contest, handicrafts, market stalls, local food and, obviously, lots of reindeers.


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St. Mary’s Day

Celebrating St Mary’s Day in Hetta, Enontekiö, is an old Sámi tradition. There are lots of activities and events all related to the Sami Culture from reindeer races to traditional sami handicrafts there is a lot on offer.


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