Tiny Finnish town wins World Capital of Metal crown

Tiny Finnish town wins World Capital of Metal crown

Lemi even has its own heavy metal logo with an imposing ram’s head and the text “I ‘heart’ Lemi” in the local dialect. It uses a number one for the letter “i,” just like the famous Lemi-based band Stam1na does: “Mie <3 Lemi” becomes “M1e <3 Lem1.”

The race ran for most of May and June 2018. Metal bands and their fans could add bands to the Capital of Metal website and increase the numbers for their hometowns.

Joensuu went so far as to create cat memes to promote the cause. But in the end it became clear that the winner was the tiny municipality of Lemi, located 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Russian border.

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