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Finns have long had an inherent appreciation and understanding of the cultural importance of art and design. This appreciation is obvious to any visitor to almost any town in Finland, where numerous installations, statues, and monuments abound, and where galleries are almost as plentiful as the stores offering locally fashioned hand-crafted wares.
Traditionally, Finnish design has always been characterised by minimalism, clean lines and an inherent acceptance of functionalism, with Finnish modernism from the 1950s being particularly popular across the world today. Contemporary Finnish design maintains their previous standards while bringing innovative new technologies into the mix.