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Helsinki600The Helsinki Olympic Stadium is the largest ground in Finland, with a capacity of 42,062, and home to their national team. It was originally built for 1938, ready to host the 1940 Olympics, but they were first moved to Tokyo and then cancelled altogether after the outbreak of the Second World War. The stadium eventually got to host the Olympics in 1952, and was modernised in 1994 before undergoing another renovation for the 2005 Athletic World Championships. In 2007 a Eurasian Eagle-Owl was spotted around the stadium, and during a Euro 2008 qualifier it caused a ten-minute delay when it perched on the crossbar. The owl was later named Bubi and declared Helsinki’s resident of the year.

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