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" never give up …"

Sisu [pron. see-soo] means determination, never giving up, resilience, steadfastness.
"In Finland, if we say we will do something, we will do it. Imagine you are locked in a room. There is no way out, but you must get out. What do you do? You walk through the wall. This is sisu." Manager for Finnish coffee manufacturing company (Finland has world's highest coffee consumption).

"Sisu… yes, it is very Finnish. It means balls.' Female HR manager for Finnish company.

Examples of Finnish Finnish sisu competitions:

- wife carrying contest in Sonkajärvi
- sitting naked on top of an anthill endurance test
- hot sauna endurance contest
- mosquito killing with one hand while they are biting contest (the record is 27)
- as well as tango contests, long distance running, long distance skiing and rally driving.
Tapiola Choir
Kotimaani ompi Suomi (This Land, My Land, Finland)

Composer: Jorma Panula. 

Conductor: Jorma Panula

Olavi Virta (originally to 1926 Oskari Olavi Ilmen) (27 February 1915, Sysmä, Finland - 14 July 1972, Tampere, Finland) was a Finnish singer, acclaimed as the king of Finnish tango.[1] Between 1939 and 1966 he recorded almost 600 songs, many of which are classics of Finnish popular music, and appeared in many films and theatrical productions. Of his most acclaimed tangos are Punatukkaiselle tytölleni, Ennen kuolemaa and Täysikuu, while standouts from his other popular music are Poika varjoisalta kujalta, Hopeinen kuu (Guarda Che Luna), Eva and Kultainen nuoruus. He was also the second tenor of the quartet Kipparikvartetti in the early 1950s. At the beginning of his career he received three gold records for the songs Ennen kuolemaa, Tulisuudelma and La Cumparsita. Olavi Virta's career was cut short by a scandalous arrest for drunken driving in 1962, after which the press mockingly called him "The Singing Meatball." Ten years later he succumbed to alcoholism, living his final years in poverty.


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Location: Europe
Status: UN Country
Capital City: Helsinki (Helsingfors)
Main Cities: Tampere, Turku, Espoo
Population: 5,033,000
Area: 338,130 km2
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Languages: Finnish, Swedish
Religions: Protestant

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