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Newsletters, 10/07/2009
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).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).

Wanted:  life changing innovations

Innovations that make our everyday lives easier are unearthed every two years in the search for winner of the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize. The Finnish Technology Academy Foundation is now calling for nominations of new candidates. Read more

Cultural affairs officer Pirjo Pellinen promotes Finnish culture and keeps it in the spotlight in Britain (photo: Mikko Keltanen)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.Fingerprints will improve passport security and help to establish a more reliable link between the travel document and its holder.

Fingerprints included in new passports 

All new passports issued in Finland after 29 June 2009 now include the passport holder’s fingerprints. The President of the Republic approved the amendments to the Passport Act on 26 June. The amendments came into effect on 29 June. Read more

Meta4 (from left): violinist Minna Pensola, viola player Atte Kilpeläinen, cellisti Tomas Djupsjöbacka and violinist Antti Tikkanen (photo: Antti Hannuniemi)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).Dance instructors Krista Vuori and Wayne Summerbell taught the secrets of the little known Finnish tango to the enthusiastic British audience (photo: Mikko Keltanen).

Tango tunes in London

The Guildhall Yard, located in the heart of London, was the stage for some very special tango performances earlier this month. As a part of the City of London Festival, Finnish tango workshops were held on 3 July, to show volunteers the basics of Finnish tango. The tango theme extended beyond the workshop with tango duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola and tango orchestra Unto performing for Londoners at the Yard. Read more

Picture: The Finnish Institute in LondonIs 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).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?Did you know, that the word "sauna" is the Finnish contribution to the expansion of the English lexicon?

Fun Finland: Smoke sauna

There aren't too many things that are fun and get you hot, wet and sweaty at the same time, but having a sauna is one of them. The sauna has its roots in the 15th century and the smoke sauna is the oldest of all the various versions. If sitting in a hot, dark, smoke-filled room fills you with breathless anticipation then this is an experience you won't want to miss. If, on the other hand, it makes you break out in a cold claustrophobic sweat, stay in the bar.
Text and picture from Ian Bowie's book Fun Finland (Island Media 2007
Tuore Kustannus

 

Upcoming culture events

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.

Feedback & tips

Feel free to alert the editor to interesting events or other topics at emilia.erkinheimo@formin.fi.

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Updated 10/07/2009


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