President Dmitry Medvedev welcomed President Halonen to his summer residence (photo: Office of the President of the Republic).
President Halonen and President Medvedev met in Sochi
The Baltic Sea, economic cooperation between Finland and Russia, and timely international issues received attention when President of the Republic Tarja Halonen and President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev met in Sochi on Tuesday, 11 August 2009. "We all share the same concern that the beautiful Baltic is not really in good condition. We must work together to clean it, so that, if not our children at least our grandchildren can swim in clean water," President Halonen said. Read more
Cleantech Finland - Contributors of Green Technology
Finland’s innovators are assisting in the search for solutions to the urgent challenges of climate change and environmental degradation. Finnish cleantech manufacturers, who specialise in the development of cleaner technology, have joined forces to promote their eco-friendly solutions both home and abroad. Read more
Women's Euro 2009 in Finland
A major international football tournament in Finland? Really? Believe it or not, but that truly is the case! Late August through early September, Finland is hosting the 2009 UEFA Women's Championship. Twelve national teams – including the Finns – will compete in the three-week competition, the first major non-junior tournament organized by Finland. Read more
The Senate Square in Helsinki (photo: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Highly Valued Finland
It's official: Helsinki places fifth on Monocle magazine's Most Liveable Cities Index – for the second year in a row. Read more
Kati Tuominen-Niittylä: Rauta-aika III/4
Ceramics from Finland in Galerie Besson
Galerie Besson stages a group exhibition of four major contemporary Finnish ceramic artists: Kirsi Kivivirta, Pekka Paikkari, Kristina Riska & Kati Tuominen-Niittylä. Read more
Nordic Walking, a fun way to exercise!
Fun Finland: Nordic Walking
Known affectionately as 'dementia skiing' Nordic Walking involves walking at a brisk pace with a pair of sticks that resemble ski poles. It might look odd, in fact it does look odd, but Nordic Walking, if done correctly, exercises 90% of the body's muscles and supposedly burns 30% more fat than standard walking. Not as harmful as jogging and much more effective than walking, who cares if people smile as you go striding by?
Text and picture from Ian Bowie's book Fun Finland (Island Media 2007) Tuore Kustannus
Upcoming culture events
15.9. Finnish blues guitarist and singer Heikki Silvennoinen performs in London: Read more
18.9. Soprano Piia Komsi with BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Read more
26.9. Finnish metal band Finntroll in concert in London: Read more