It wasn't until I reached Helsinki on my birthday that I first found out
how much of a hot topic immigration is shaping up to be in the Europe,
especially the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden,
Norway, Denmark). Fears over diluting culture and straining social
programs have lead to far right-wing parties gaining a foothold in what
are typically left-leaning countries.
Suomenlinna, the "Gibraltar of the North" is a short ferry ride away from Helsinki, Finland. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
in 1991 for its unique European Architecture, this great sea fortress
was originally built in the mid 18th century by the Swedish.