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Finland does have its own homegrown talent, however, Alvar Aalto, who was born in western Finland, has been called the "the father of Finnish design." Aalt likd simple, clean designs, and he once said, "We should work for simple, good undecorated things." This is actually a very good description of Finland's special design style, which some say developed because of the country's isolated location and long winters.

How should I interpret "isolated location?" Is it "separated situation/place?" Thanks.
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Here, isolated = separated, far away, hard-to-get-to
Mister MicawberHere, isolated = separated, far away, hard-to-get-to

Thanks, Mister.

Got it.

But are there equivalents for "location?" Do my suggestions work?
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Place is OK; situation is not appropriate here.
Mister MicawberPlace is OK; situation is not appropriate here.
Thanks, Mister.

I'm sorry to have to bother you again but location and situation are really close in our language. So how do you distinguish them?
Location is purely physical. Situation can involve the psychological and the social, and I don't think that is the thrust of this statement about Finland.
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Mister MicawberLocation is purely physical. Situation can involve the psychological and the social, and I don't think that is the thrust of this statement about Finland.

Thanks, Mister.
Search for

location thesaurus

at Yahoo and you'll get links such as:

http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/location

Position would work too.