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Newsletters, 06/03/2009

Dear Recipient,

The Embassy of Finland's March update celebrates the International Women's Day on Sunday by having a look at gender equality in Finland - both from a current and historical perspective. The newsletter also includes articles about green innovations with a zero emissions bedrock heating model developed in Finland and a congress on creative economy to be held in Helsinki.

For new subscribers: This newsletter includes 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]

Best wishes,
Emilia Erkinheimo, Editor

President Tarja HalonenThe first female president of Finland Tarja Halonen

Gender equality: A cornerstone of Finland’s welfare state

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 around the world and in Finland it is marked with special pride. Gender equality is and has been one of the pillars upon which the Finnish welfare society is built. In 1906 Finland's national assembly became the first parliament in the world to adopt full gender equality. Today, the issue is an integral part of government policies and programmes. Read more

Photo: Energy & Enviro FinlandPhoto: Energy & Enviro Finland

Finland to get first regional bedrock heating with zero emissions

Three Finnish companies have jointly developed a technically and commercially feasible model for regional production of bedrock heat for residential areas. The heat pumps in the area will run on certified green electricity, completely eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the heating of the houses and the water. In addition, the system will enable environmentally friendly cooling in the summer. The construction of the area will begin in 2010. Read more

Eija-Liisa AhtilaThe main interest for Eija-Liisa Ahtila in films and photographs is above all the story. She calls her films "human dramas".

Irish debut for renowned Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Love, sexuality, jealousy, anger, vulnerability and reconciliation - the powerful emotions underlying human relationships - are explored in the works of artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Ahtila is making her Irish solo debut at the highly acclaimed, artist-led VOID gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland, where she exhibits two of her installations works: 'The Present' and 'The Fisherman'. Read more

Cable Factory Congress HallCable Factory Congress Hall

Creative Economy and Beyond - International Congress in Helsinki

Creative Economy and Beyond (CEB) is an international congress carried out by University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland. The CEB conference examines the role of creative industries in the economy. At the moment CEB is looking for lecturers and papers to be presented at this year's conference to be held on the 9th and 10th of September at the Cable Factory cultural centre, Helsinki. Read more

More upcoming culture events

9.3. Journalist Paulina Tervo's short film "Thorns and Silk" world premiere, London

11.3. World-travelled Finnish rock band Nightwish in concert, London

21.3. Cellist Anssi Karttunen in concert, London

27.-29.3. Easter Fair at the Finnish Church in London

For more events and further information see the Embassy's Culture Calendar.

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Updated 06/03/2009

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