Tanja Jääskeläinen, Minister and Embassy's new "number two"
Meet the Embassy's new "number two"
The turnover of personnel at the Finnish Embassy in London has been exceptionally high this year. One of the arrivals is Tanja Jääskeläinen. In the fourth part of the series on the everyday life of the Embassy staff, we take a look at Jääskeläinen's typical workday. Read more
Tomi Grönfors and the Kaj Stenvall painting (photo: VEEN Waters)
VEEN Waters, Harrods and Kaj Stenvall unite for a worthy cause
Finnish spring water brand VEEN and Mrs Heini Al Fayed from Harrods handed a £5000 cheque and a Kaj Stenvall painting to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (GOSH) on 1st October. GOSH’s Director of Corporate Fundraising, Antonia Dalmahoy received the donation at a function at the Finnish Ambassador's residence in Kensington Palace Gardens. Read more
Longing for colour and excitement in his works, Oiva Toikka started taking his inspiration from folk art and distant cultures (photo: Iittala).
Glass on wings - Oiva Toikka
Best known for his glass art, Oiva Toikka possesses a playful spirit that shows in his work. His is the most colourful and original personality among the masters of Finnish design. Read more
Marimekko open air fashion show at St. Chirstopher's Place in London
"London is where Marimekko wants to be seen"
New prints, old classics, fascinating colours and thought through details. Finnish textile and clothing design company Marimekko presented its autumn collection in an imaginative open air fashion show outside the company store in London. Read more
Fun Finland: The Original Nokia
Although they don't shout about it, and the fact certainly doesn't appear in their annual report, Nokia started life making rubber boots. The company gets its name from the town of the same name where it was founded in 1865. The rubber boots are still made today but by another company called 'Nokian Jalkineet' or 'Nokia Footwear' to you and me. The perfect accessory for anyone with a Nokia mobile phone.
Text and picture from Ian Bowie's book Fun Finland (Island Media 2007)
Upcoming culture events
8.10. Hannu Lintu conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool: Read more
8.10. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in London: Read more
9.10.-14.11. Elina Brotherus' photo exhibition: Read more
10.10. Amorphis plays London: Read more
15.10. Leif Segerstram conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in London: Read more
16.10. European Union Baroque Orchestra in Manchester: Read more
17.10. Tenor Topi Lehtipuu in London: Read more
19.10. Tarja Turunen in concert in London: Read more
24.10. Stig Dogg & DJPP perform in London: Read more
24.10. World premiére of Einojuhani Rautavaara's 'Incantations': Read more
1.11. New Helsinki Quartet in London: Read more
Feedback & tips
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