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December Newsletter 2009 - Embassy of Finland, London : News & Current Affairs : Newsletters


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Newsletters, 08/12/2009

The official World Design Capital logo is about to become a very common sight in Helsinki.

Design is Helsinki's destiny

In a decision announced on November 25, Helsinki becomes the World Design Capital for 2012, making Finland’s northern winter suddenly seem a lot brighter. Read more

Antti Laitinen

"I built an island" - Antti Laitinen's works at the Royal Academy of Arts

As far as is known, Antti Laitinen is the first Finnish artist to have his artwork on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Laitinen’s body of work It’s My Island is part of the Earth – Art of a changing world exhibition that opened on 3 December. Read more


JA JA JA - Nordic music export in London

The new joint-Nordic music export project JA JA JA was launched in London in mid November. The event seeks to support aspiring Nordic artists in their journey to international fame. Read more

Zac and Santa

Count down to Christmas with the Embassy's advent calendar

Christmas comes early again this year with the Kidzone Finland online advent calendar! Hop on and follow the adventures of the little elf Zac in a delightfully illustrated, 24 part story about sharing the gift of happiness with others. Read more

The Winter War

Seven decades since the Winter War began

The 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War is being commemorated in 2009. For Finland, this means remembering the outbreak of the Winter War.  Read more

Santa and Reindeer

Fun Finland: Reindeer

The most common place to find reindeer in Finland for most visitors is on their plate in a restaurant. However, travel north to Lapland and you will be able to see them before they get the chop. They are small, cute and pull Santa’s sledge. How could anyone possibly want to eat one of Santa’s little helpers?

Text and picture from Ian Bowie's book Fun Finland (Island Media 2007)

Tuore Kustannus

Upcoming culture events

3.12.-31.1. Earth: Art of a changing world, photographer Antti Laitinen: Read more

11.-17.12. Uusikuu: Read more

11.12. European Union Baroque Orchestra: Read more

11.12. J-P Saraste conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra: Read more

12.12. Christmas Carol concert: Read more

12.12. The story of the Kantele and other northern tales: Read more

13.12. Swanhunter: Read more

16.12. UK premiére of Jukka Tiensuu's 'False Memories': Read more


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