Sunday, February 05, 2006

Runeberg's Day

Today, Finland celebrates the birthday of our national poet J.L. Runeberg, who was born in Jakobstad and studied at the Vaasa Gramar School, and at the University of Åbo (Turku). His poetry, written in Swedish, has attracted great attention around the world.

This day is one of my favorites as I get to wallow in Runeberg's cup cakes, just like he did. There's a recipe in English here, definitely worth the effort! For those of you interested in his poetry, and literate in Swedish, I recommend the Project Runeberg site, where free electronic texts of Nordic books are published. Do check out Runeberg's epic poem Fänrik Ståls Sägner.

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