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Newsletters, 14/06/2010

Step into the future of Helsinki at the London Festival of Architecture. (graphic by PureDesign)

Step into the future of Helsinki at the London Festival of Architecture

The future of Helsinki has sailed to London’s Southbank. Helsinki Horizon 2030, an exhibition built inside a sea container, presents the major changes Helsinki is facing in the coming decades as three former harbour areas will be developed into three new districts. To see how Helsinki responds to the theme of this year's LFA – the Welcoming City – stop by the exhibition at Oxo Tower Courtyard, open daily from 19 June to 4 July. Read more

Finnish managers are the best fantasy football managers in the world. (graphic by Fantasy Premier League)

Finland's best kept football secret

True: Finland is more renowned for its international success in sports such as ice hockey than in football. However, as the World Cup in South Africa has just begun, it is a good time to draw attention to the one thing in football where Finland is on top of the world – the world's biggest fantasy football manager game Fantasy Premier League. Read more

Pekka Huhtaniemi, Finland´s new ambassador to Britain, is feeling positive about his new assignment. (photo by Markku Harju)

New ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi: "An honour and a challenge to serve in Britain"

Finland’s new Ambassador to Britain, Pekka Huhtaniemi has begun his assignment. Huhtaniemi, who has been in the service of Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs since 1971, transferred to London from Helsinki, where he served as the Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations. He is no stranger to the role of ambassador, having previously been posted to Geneva and Oslo. “London is one of the great centres of diplomacy, so it is an honour for me to serve here,” Huhtaniemi says. Read more

President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen and Michael Grätzel, the winner of 2010 Millennium Techonology Prize.

Professor Grätzel wins the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize for dye-sensitized solar cells

The Winner of the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize is Professor Michael Grätzel from Switzerland for his third generation, low cost, dye-sensitized solar cells. President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen handed the EUR 800,000 Grand Prize and the prize trophy “Peak” to Professor Grätzel on 9 June at the Grand Award Ceremony at the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki. Read more 

Finnish specialities sought out by birdwatching visitors include hawk owls, with their characteristic mask-like markings. (photo by Jari Linnamäki/Finnature)

Finland for the birds

Keen birdwatchers from around Europe are increasingly flying into Finland to spot rare and exotic birds and then shoot them – with their cameras. Read more


Phone food: Nordic Food Glossary offers a buffet of food terms online or in an iPhone app, so you’ll never have trouble getting your order across. (photo by Nordic Food Glossary)

Nordic Food Glossary: On-screen cuisine

Nordic Food Glossary, an iPhone app that is also accessible via the internet, brings you the names of everything edible in English and seven languages spoken in the Nordic countries. Read more

On a sunny summer day, ´the Tori´ is the best place to enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.

Fun Finland: The Tori

The market square or 'Tori' can be found in varying sizes in every town and city in Finland. Windswept and empty in winter they burst into life and colour from the beginning of May onwards. Flowers, locally grown vegetables, freshly caught fish, bakery products and handicrafts, you name it and you will probably find someone selling it on the Tori. The best place to enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by on a sunny day in the summer time.

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

Upcoming culture events in June - for further information, please visit our Events calendar:

31.5.2010 - 3.7.2010 Soile Isokoski in Le nozze di Figaro, London

14.6.2010 Soile Isokoski at Wigmore Hall, London

19.6.2010 - 4.7.2010 Helsinki Horizon 2030 -exhibition at LFA, London

21.6.2010 Concert by Meta4 at City of London Festival, London


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Updated 14/06/2010

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