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Lahti Is a Paradise

Its angels eat meat out of cups and parade through the city naked on floats.

06 November 2013, 11:40am

Lahti is a hard-up Finnish business town located on the southern bank of Lake Vesijärvi, about 60 miles from Helsinki. It used to be known as the "Chicago of Finland" – not because it has a really busy airport or an amazing skyline, but because of all the crime and domestic violence. However, Lahti has a friendlier face. Whether you're a local or a tourist, the end of a long night out always comes with a "Lihamuki" – literally a "meat mug" – from a street grill and, if you're lucky enough, a black eye as a parting gift.

Everyone's equal in Lahti.

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Antii is putting together a book of his photos of Lahti to commemorate the city's 100th birthday. To help fund the project, go here.

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London (part two) / London (part one) / Budapest / Leeds / Dublin / Manchester / Birmingham / Miami / Phoenix / Leicester / Tbilisi / Los Angeles / Berlin / Rotterdam / Reykjavik / Wootton Bassett / Brighton / Bristol

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Antti Sepponen