Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Finns are a race of people very distinct...

"The Finns are a race of people very distinct from their neighbours and masters, the Russians. They are of a middle stature, fair complexion, generally red hair, their beards shaven. Their hair, parted at top, is suffered to hang over their shoulders. A toughtful disposition, often darkening into melancholy, and a singular language, without prepositions, complete the picture of their national characteristic."

The London encyclopaedia (1839)

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