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Newsletters, 13/02/2009

 Dear recipient,

You are reading the first monthly newsletter from the Embassy of Finland in London. Each newsletter will include information about the Embassy's activities, Finnish events in Britain and other current affairs. Feel free to tip off the editor about interesting events or other topics at emilia.erkinheimo[at]

Hope you enjoy our monthly update!
Emilia Erkinheimo, Press Officer 


FCP 2008 (Photo: Joyce Lai Yuet Ling)

Scholarships for newly graduated journalists: The Foreign Correspondents' Programme 2009

Newly graduated journalists or last year students of journalism from Great Britain are invited to apply for scholarships to participate in the Foreign Correspondents' Programme in Finland in August 2009.

The programme provides an excellent opportunity for participants to learn more about Finland, the Finnish society and the Finnish way of life. It also offers participants the means to expand and enhance their professional skills through individual projects related to Finland.

Applicants should possess a good command of written and spoken English and be from 20 to 25 years of age. They should be prepared to work both individually and in groups.

Applicants submit a written application (1 page) and a curriculum vitae (1 page) together with an essay emphasising the applicant's particular interest in Finland (600-800 words). Applicants are encouraged to include copies of published articles, transcripts and other work assignments that may be helpful in the selection process. Applications are sent to the Embassy of Finland.

The closing date for applications is 4 March 2009.

For more information, please see or contact

Ms Pirjo Pellinen
Embassy of Finland
38 Chesham Place
London SW1X 8HW
T 020 7838 6222


Photo: Tero PajukallioHigh-quality services for parenting and children's health care

Child welfare has been the topic of lively public discussion in Britain of late in response to the publication of the report A Good Childhood. Commissioned by the Children's Society, the report concludes that children's lives in Britain have become "more difficult than in the past", and that "more young people are anxious and troubled". One recommendation was to provide free parenting classes around the time of birth. Find out how the Finnish public health service, based greatly on preventive health care, gives support to parents and takes care of children even before they are born. Read more


Photo: Smile Audiovisual OyHow to survive winter in Finland - and enjoy it

Finland is one of the northernmost areas in the world with a permanent population. The cold, dark, snowy winter doesn't disrupt society or the economy: Finns will get to work or school in the morning no matter how cold it is or how much snow has fallen. In fact, Finns even know how to enjoy the winter.

Read how to survive the Finnish winter and you might enjoy it too.

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Mauri Kunnas: The Vikings are coming!Mauri Kunnas gets a British publisher

British publisher Boxer Books has bought English publishing rights to Finnish childrens' writer Mauri Kunnas' book The Vikings are coming!, a fun-filled story for the entire family about legendary Viking seafarers and their flaxen-haired maidens. The book will be released in Britain and United States in spring 2010. 

Mauri Kunnas' books have been translated into more than 25 languages and they have been published in 29 countries. Abroad his books have sold over 2,5 million copies.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen (Photo: Richard Haughton)Esa-Pekka Salonen's project City of Dreams: Vienna 19001935

City of Dreams: Vienna 19001935 is Finnish superstar conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen’s first major project as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. A nine-month long exploration of the music created in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, the series will comprise concerts in 18 European cities of the music of Mahler, Schoenberg, Berg and Zemlinsky. The series will also include study days, pre-concert talks and chamber music concerts, and will bring together specialists and materials from the most significant international collections. The first performance will take place on 25th February at the Anvil in Basigstoke. The first London concert takes place on the 28th February at Southbank Centre. Read more

See also: 

Grammy award for Esa-Pekka Salonen
The Philharmonia Orchestra
City of Dreams: Vienna 1900–1935


Photo: Tony IlmoniLecture by Tony Ilmoni: Mannerheim’s Way A Centennial Expedition on Horseback

In 1906–1908, a young Colonel, Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim, future President of Finland, rode 10,000km through Asia from Osh in Kyrgyzstan to Beijing on a mission commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II: a covert military expedition under the guise of scientific research. On 30th July, 2006, exactly 100 years to the day since Mannerheim’s expedition began, two Finnish men, Tony Ilmoni and Kristian Nyman, set out from Osh with four horses, a support vehicle and a changing cast of local guides, to recreate this historic journey. In his illustrated lecture, Ilmoni, journalist, film director, producer and former restaurater, will recount his trip, comparing his adventures to those of his illustrious forerunner. Reception is sponsored by the Embassy of Finland, London.

Date and time: Tuesday 24 February, doors 6:30pm, lecture 6:45pm–7:45pm followed by reception
Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Bookings: tel. 020 7307 5454, enquiries[at]
Asia House Friends & Concs £5, others £8.

Asia house homepage


Other upcoming culture events:

Until 14.3. Exhibition of contemporary Finnish art titled Signals, Flow gallery, London

12.-16.2. Monster metal band Lordi on tour in London (Dudley and Sheffield)

14.-19.2. Melodic black metal band Children of Bodom on tour in the UK (Glasgow, Norwich, Manchester, Nottigham and London)

24.2. The Rasmus plays a gig at the Islington Academy, London

24. & 25.2. 22-Pistepirkko plays two gigs in London

For more events see the Embassy's Culture Calendar.

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Updated 13/02/2009

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