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Newsletters, 07/02/2011

As Turku kicked off its year as European Capital of Culture in January 2011, fireworks formed part of the celebration. (photo by Tim Bird)

Turku kicks off year of culture        

For all of 2011, Turku enjoys the status of European Capital of Culture, ushering in a schedule of hundreds of unique events that engage audiences and encourage interaction. In Finnish the theme for the year is Turku palaa, which can mean either "Turku is burning" or "Turku returns." Read more

15-17 years - Highly Commended "First snow" © Ilari Miikka Kalevi Tuupanen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010

Finnish photographers top class of wildlife photography

The world's finest wildlife photographs are currently on display at the Natural History Museum in London. Finnish photographers are well represented in the exhibition, with Esa Mälkönen's image of Antarctica penguins currently voted as one of the most popular in the show. Read more

REDDRESS – designed by Finland-based designer Aamu Song and on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. Singer: Lena Willemark. (photo by Henrik Stenberg)

Welcome to Finland, the design nation 

We Finns are on a first-name basis with design; it forms a familiar part of our daily lives. We are well acquainted with the design pedigrees of our kitchen cupboards, stocked with Arabia tableware and Iittala glassware that we use on a daily basis. Alvar Aalto's Savoy vase is often placed on the table for special occasions. Read more

Prime Ministers Mari Kiviniemi and David Cameron outside 10 Downing Street.

Family policy, innovations and green economy on UK Nordic Baltic Summit agenda

The UK Nordic Baltic Summit, first of its kind, brought together Prime Ministers, policy innovators and entrepreneurs from the nine countries to discuss how best to boost economic growth, enterprise and job creation while improving people’s wellbeing. Mari Kiviniemi, Prime Minister of Finland, regarded the summit as a promising initiative. Read more

Focus 2011 can be read online at

Focus 2011 out now - Finnish know-how in an imaginative package

The newest issue of Focus on the Economy and Technology, a magazine created for key audiences in Finland’s major export markets, presents the country’s strong points to the world in articles about water expertise, education, energy, design and more. The same central themes were emphasised in Finland’s country brand report in November. Read more


Upcoming culture events in February - for further information, please visit our Events calendar:

21/01/2011 - 12/02/2011 Exhibition PAGE 3 featuring Anssi Sojakka, London

09/02/2011 Osmo Vänskä conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London

10/02/2011 Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, London

16/02/2011 Concert by pianist Roope Gröndahl, London

17/02/2011 Concert by Von Hertzen Brothers, London

21/02/2011 Concert by violinist Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä and pianist Roope Gröndahl, London

23/02/2011 Sakari Oramo conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham

06/03/2011 Susanna Mälkki conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, London


Finnish Embassy is London has now joined Twitter, too!

Follow us day-to-day on Facebook & Twitter!

The Embassy has now joined Twitter too! For all the latest news from our consulate and cultural sections, the best Finland-related articles in UK media and current issues in Finland-UK relations, please find us on Facebook (Embassy of Finland in London) or follow our tweets @FinEmbUK!


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Updated 08/02/2011

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