For most of my life I have lived in two cities in Finland: Kuhmo and Oulu.
Kuhmo is a nice place. Someone else posted about polar bears (which no one has seen here for about a ten thousand years or so?) but I regrettably have to say that while it is one of the important places "behind the wolf border", I have never seen one. Should go look some day...
The town was otherwise extremely nice because it's so quiet - only about 11000 citizens - and the nature is so beautiful there. It's clear. It's noiseless. It's... well, the place many other people obviously have never heard of and never will. People move away from that sort of places - I did, only because of my studies! - but there's no real reason once you get what's the point.
The point is that I could sleep... and breathe freely.
"I will miss the sunsets, Nakor."
Oulu is another story. It's a big place. Really big. (In my scale anyway). I have seen beautiful sights and great things to behold here, too - seeing the morning sunlight play in the branches of trees in the morning, oh...
Temperatures are tolerable enough in both cities. I'd say roughly +35 to -30 celsius over the year? (Then again I've only lived for a bit over two years in Oulu and I rarely look at the thermometer =) There's snow in the winter, up to meters... there's a saying that says: "The finnish summer is a short one, but it doesn't have much snow." =) The Finnish summer is not *that* short, though. And there's no snow then. It can be pretty warm, actually.
(Oh well, looks like there's this species dysphoria thing going on again. Ahem...)
It's quiet, and it's peaceful, and the world here seems just... work.
Hardly anything really bad ever happens here. You know, every time I read newspaper or watch TV, the world news seem always somewhat... bigger than the events that happen here.
(There was one joke about what happened one afternoon of September... people gathered around the TVs to see what was going on, because the word got out that something absolutely terrible had happened. What was that? Well, the parliament was going through the budget discussion...)
Would I live anywhere else? I don't know... I think I am pretty much happy here. I've often said that the only way to make me really happy - so that I could be more easily in touch with friends - would be to make the world flat. (Only ywo timezones, see?)
-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...