A little more than a century ago, the newly independent nation of Finland experienced a short but brutal civil war. Though the conflict left deep scars, a culture of working together helped former enemies reconcile and allowed the country to progress relatively quickly in its nation-building process.
Slideshow: As Winter Olympic events opened to female participation in the early and mid-1900s, Finnish women athletes often acted as trailblazers. In Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018, Finnish sportswomen continue to compete for top results, as they always have.
The year Finland became independent
Scandinavia House in New York formed the starting point for a show of four Finnish painters, all of them women, whose careers coincided with cultural and political transformations. The paintings later continued to Stockholm, and will subsequently return to Helsinki as part of a larger exhibition.
The year Finland became an EU member