Thursday, October 29, 2015

Names and symbols in the Finnish culture

The Finnish symbols include flags, heraldics, the Finnish maiden and the Finnish wild nature. Names are not considered symbols and there is a strong agreement that names should not be followed and not be paid attention to, "A name does not make a man worse, if the man ('s behaviour, lack of moral) does not make the name (reputation) worse.". The capital was chosen and named by the king of Sweden some 200 years ago. Before that Turku was the capital.
The flag of Finland has a blue cross on white background. Blue symbolizes rationality, in practise common sense with a picture of the whole and civilized views. White symbolizes moral, in practise the rule "Live and let others live!". The cross comes from Christianity. These are considered national values to be respected in Finland by all.
The heraldic symbol of a lion is taken to mean something like liveliness, vigour, wisdom of life, strenght, superior skill, courage with healthy mind and spirit and not exactly lions.
Finland's map looks like a maiden, so the symbol Finnish maiden which is considered wise and with wisdom of life, feeling too.
The nature as symbols kind of cures symbols and national values to more healthy, common sense like, natural, modest yet good quality, able to endure in the Finnish climate.

(My last name is Tervola, of which I was told as a kid that it is the best last name in Finland. It gives the easy association "health sings", so maybe that was the goal in choosing the name Helsinki, but Finns did not know many foreign languages and English wasn't so widely used at those times.)
In Finnish language the name of Finland is Suomi, which gives as an easy association "mi suo" which means "That which gives by giving the possibility to something" meaning something like "the country giving like the nature gives better possibilities for life".

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Translation rights

One can translate this blog and my texts and my videos (khtervola) on links from this blog, morally to other languages.