1. Finland (56,7 Heavy Metal bands per 100,000 people) / 2. Sweden (38,8 bands) / 3. Norway (27,6 bands) / 4. Iceland (25 bands) / 5. Faroe Islands (18,8 bands) / Source: Metal Archives
While many of his contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, the once hard-living pioneer of gory rock theatrics and catchy heavy metal anthems is one of music's great survivors.
Since 1917, Finland has gone from an agrarian backwoods to the world's best. From music to art to saunas, Finland has made major contributions to culture in the 100 years since its independence.
Finland became an independent nation exactly a century ago, facilitated by revolution in Russia. Now in the EU and the eurozone, but not in NATO, it's also a top performer in education, coffee consumption and motorsport.
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