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What's the difference between Saimaa Lakeland and Thailand?

Saimaa is the largest continuous lake district in Europe; a huge blue and green mosaic of 120 lakes and 14,000 verdant islands. Water routes amongst the breath-taking scenery form a network for enjoyable cruises to Eastern Finland's joyful and lively towns. You can start your trip to the world's most beautiful lake environment by ship all the way from the Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea.

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What's the difference between Saimaa Lakeland and the Great Lakes of North America?

Saimaa Lakeland has provided livelihood and excellent shipping routes to our ancestors for thousands of years. Water traffic started to boom in the 16th century, when exports of tar, the black gold of Saimaa, started in order to supply the wooden ship industry in Europe. Timber exports took over shipments of tar as early as in the 18th century, but cargo vessels for transporting timber were not common until late 19th century. At that time, the city of Kuopio led profitable sales of butter to St. Petersburg.

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What's the difference between Saimaa Lakeland and the island state Philippines?

Saimaa Lakeland is a labyrinth of open lakes and sheltered bays with an enormous number of islands. This is why Saimaa Lakeland is not easily perceived as a single lake. Over the decades, the Saimaa district has become a true paradise for summer holidays.

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