In front of the Avenue des Nations, Finland presented a pavilion whose materials, wood and copper, symbolised Finnish nature and the products it offers to mankind.
As a country of water and ice, Finland has achieved a great deal in all areas of life despite its unfavourable geographical situation.
You could get a very accurate idea of this by walking through the whole section.
Even at the main entrance, you will be seduced by the beauty of the Finnish landscape.
How about a trip to the land of a thousand lakes, a trip to the mountains of Lapland, a run through the Nordic forests? Finland is a country of tourism and sports.
If you turn to the left, you will learn about the nature of the country and the life and history of its people. To the right is industrial Finland, where wood was the main industry.
A model of a woodworking factory and a scale model of a paper-making machine form the transition from the woodworking section to the 'metallurgy' section. The latter presented some machines that are particular to cold countries, such as a scale model of an icebreaker.
Elsewhere, the electrical industry, mining, textiles and family crafts were represented.
The world-renowned Finnish applied arts were the subject of a special section. Agriculture was also represented, as it was the country's second most important economic activity.
You could judge the high level of Finnish civilisation by browsing through the science and arts section and the social policy section.
As for what a sauna is, that famous steam bath, your legitimate curiosity was satisfied.
© Guide Officiel Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles 1958 - Desclée & Co