In 2011 I went to visit a friend in Vaasa, Finland. I had always been struck in eastern Europe by the vastness of the countryside. Coming from the UK it seemed the wilderness was encroaching in on the cities and towns in a way that just didn't happen at home. It felt like civilisation couldn't quite dominate.

 

Vaasa, being very north, has only a few months of summer a year before the cold and dark returns. It's environment is built into the culture of the people just like any other, but here, coupled with the immense beauty of the countryside, it felt so much like the wilderness controlled local culture, not the other way round.

Wasalandia, incidentally is an abandoned theme park on the outskirts of the town.