Finland 100: 8 – Kantele

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Sony A7RII : f/3.5@60th : ISO 2000 : EV -0.3 : FE 35mm f/2.8

A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland's independence

The Kantele is the traditional musical instrument of Finland, taught to young children in schools across the country, just like this collection here at my daughter’s school; and the kantele played by Väinämöinen in the national epic Kalevala is even endowed with magical properties. ‘Kantele’ and ‘Kalevala’, with an understanding of just these two words you would go some way to a deeper understanding of Finnish identity. I have a long way to go yet.

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