Robert Langer won the Millennium Technology Prize in 2008 for his work on biomaterials for controlled drug release and tissue generation (photo: Millennium Technology Prize).
Cultural affairs officer Pirjo Pellinen promotes Finnish culture and keeps it in the spotlight in Britain (photo: Mikko Keltanen)
Cultural affairs officer Pirjo Pellinen: "The Embassy establishes a foothold for Finnish culture in Great Britain"
We get to know cultural affairs officer Pirjo Pellinen as part of our series on the everyday working lives of staff at the Embassy of Finland. Pellinen is responsible for promoting Finnish culture in Britain and responds to general questions and enquiries about Finland. She is the longest serving staff member in the London building, having joined the Embassy in the early 1990s. Read more
Fingerprints will improve passport security and help to establish a more reliable link between the travel document and its holder.
Meta4 (from left): violinist Minna Pensola, viola player Atte Kilpeläinen, cellisti Tomas Djupsjöbacka and violinist Antti Tikkanen (photo: Antti Hannuniemi)
String quartet Meta4 building name internationally
Finnish string quartet Meta4 performed at St Vedast Alias Foster church in July as part of the City of London Festival. The quartet is familiar with British stages, having participated in the BBC's New Generation Artists programme since 2008. This time the concert programme featured Finnish music only in line with the festival's 60 Degrees North theme promoting culture from countries situated on the 60th latitude north. Read more
Dance instructors Krista Vuori and Wayne Summerbell taught the secrets of the little known Finnish tango to the enthusiastic British audience (photo: Mikko Keltanen).
Is your knowledge of Finland and the Finnish language good? Are your skills in the English language excellent? If you have an interest in these two languages and cultures and a love of literature, why not put them to good use?
Finnish to English Translation Competition Launched
The Finnish Institute in London and FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange are pleased to announce a translation competition to source new talent in translating fiction from Finnish to English. You do not have to be a language professional; eligible participants include everyone from novices to experienced translators. What you do need is a passion for language, a good understanding of Finnish and a talent for writing in English. Closing date for submissions is 31st August 2009. Read more
The Finnish Ambassador Jaakko Laajava (left) with the newly awarded Richard D. Lewis (photo: Mikko Keltanen).
Communication expert gets top Finnish honour
Cross-cultural communication specialist Richard D. Lewis has received one of Finland’s top honours. Lewis was awarded the Insignia of Commander, of the Order of the Lion of Finland on 16 June 2009 at the London residency of the Finnish Ambassador, Jaakko Laajava. Lewis is a renowned expert in the field of cross-cultural interaction and communication. He has given special focus to his “pet child” Finland by publishing two books on Finnish culture. Read more
Did you know, that the word "sauna" is the Finnish contribution to the expansion of the English lexicon?
24.7.-19.9. Finnish paper artists Janna Syvänoja and Aino Kajaniemi take part in Paper Works exhibition: Flow Gallery
2.8. Susanna Mälkki conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Prom 24: Read more
14.-16.8. Apocalyptica and Turisas perform at the Bloodstock Open Air heavy metal festival: Read more
For more events and further information see the Embassy's Culture Calendar.
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