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Finland's Official (and Awesome) Emojis
By: Jessica Cherok
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Oh, you have a little flag emoji to represent your country? Well, Finland has a whole set of country-themed emojis, and they are so much cooler than yours.

Finland's government has launched its own set of Finnish emojis to promote all things Finland in their 2015 ThisisFINLAND Christmas calendar. Yes, that's correct — the government created emojis to represent Finland, and they are gosh darn delightful.

First, there are naked people enjoying a sauna. Because — obviously — that's super Finnish. They also have the Headbanger emoji to pay homage to Finland's hardcore metal pride. Finally (and this writer's personal favorite), there is the iconically indestructible Nokia 3310.

These emojis are just a taste of the 12 coming in the ThisisFINLAND Christmas calendar. According to Petra Theman, Director for Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “We have been anything but serious when creating these emojis. Hopefully they will open up not only our weirdness but also our strengths of which unarming honesty is one example."

Want to buy the ThisisFINLAND Christmas calendar for yourself? Visit http://xmas.finland.fi/ to order. Don't worry; it comes it comes in several languages, so you're sure to find one that works for everyone on your Christmas list.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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