It's high time that the Nordics, homeland of gloomy detectives, healthcare and progressive taxation, get their own thread. Nordic region might seem strange and complicated for unitiated but is actually easy to understand. This is a land which has given world awesome concepts like Nobel prize, three-point seatbelts and kalsarikännit.
To kick off the thread, this year Finland turns 100 and appropriate celebrations are in the pipeline. Part of it was series of collector coins which depicted various Finnish institutions and events. First coin was meant to commemorate early years of Finnish independence, including 1918 Civil War, and the artist was given relatively free hands:
It's a 5 euro coin which shows a firing squad in action. It was not well received and the Mint had to pull it immediately. Minister of Finance (who approved the designs) defended himself with that he didn't have time to really check the entries and see what he was signing.