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Those weird, wacky hobbies in Finland

Summer marks a period of national catharsis and the country has become such a fertile ground for eccentric sports

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A team from Vihti, Finland, during swamp soccer competition in Hyrynsalmi last month (above) and an eccentrically accessorised player during the game. "We're like a forest people, " says Lassi Hurskainen, 30, a former professional goalkeeper from Joensuu. "So we come up with games that relate to nature."

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A team from Vihti, Finland, during swamp soccer competition in Hyrynsalmi last month and an eccentrically accessorised player during the game. "We're like a forest people, " says Lassi Hurskainen, 30, a former professional goalkeeper from Joensuu. "So we come up with games that relate to nature."

Hyrynsalmi, Finland

THERE'S something strange going on in Finland. Over the past few decades, as it has all but disappeared from the global sports stage, this humble Nordic nation has sort of lost its sports mind.

More than 2,000 people ventured to the remote backwaters of central

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