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Newsletters, 09/03/2011

Helsinki´s battle with the snow was among the topics in CNN´s ´Future Cities´ series. (c) CNN International

Helsinki - consider it solved           

CNN International spent two weeks in Helsinki at the start of the year to have a closer look at how the city deals with challenges such as lack of daylight. As a result, CNN filmed four videos to its Future Cities series, presenting Helsinki as a functional, future-orientated design city with excellent snow-how. Read more

Advance voting takes place on 6-9 April in seven polling stations in Britain. (image by Parliament of Finland)

The Parliamentary Elections in 2011 - advance voting in Britain

The advance voting in Britain will be held on 6–9 April 2010 in London and on 9 April 2011 in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle and St Albans. The voting day in Finland is 17th April 2010. Read more

Timo Soini, leader of the populist “True Finns” party, hurries to an interview at the Finnish public broadcasting company YLE in March 2011. (c) Lehtikuva

Storm brewing at the ballot boxes

The 2011 parliamentary elections will be a journalist’s dream, with drama, unexpected turns and general confusion. The populist “True Finns” party is at the centre of an unprecedented political storm during the run-up to the election day in April, writes political columnist Pekka Ervasti of weekly news magazine Suomen Kuvalehti. Read more

Richard D Lewis, author and cross-cultural experts, responds to Daily Telegraph´s column on Nokia´s troubles. (image by Nokia)

Defending Finnish culture             

There has been sharp response to a column on Nokia’s “sauna culture” published last month by the Daily Telegraph. Written by Matthew Norman, the column on Nokia’s troubles was a tasteless attack on Finnish culture, says Richard D Lewis, author and cross-cultural expert. Read more

"Sixteen steps to Paradise" collection was photographed exactly sixteen steps from the artist´s home door. (c) Jorma Puranen/Purdy Hicks Gallery

Shadows, reflections and all that sort of thing

Purdy Hicks Gallery presents Finnish photographer Jukka Puranen’s exhibition Shadows, reflections and all that sort of thing in London from March 3rd to 28th. The exhibition presents work from two recent series, which are inspired by light, shade and reflection. Read more

Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi was a guest speaker at 100 Group Conference in London. (photo by Maria Uotila)

What can Britain learn from Finnish school system?

The decline of British pupils in international educational rankings over the last ten years has created an openness to learn about good practice in other countries. Finland´s ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi was guest speaker at an educational conference in London, where he gave reasons why the Finnish educational system is regarded as one of the world's best. Read more

Would you like the spend the month of August in Finland? (photo by Visit Finland)

The Foreign Correspondents' Programme in Finland, August 2011

Are you interested in the work of a correspondent in a foreign country? Would you like to spend the month of August in Finland learning more about the country, its society and the Finnish way of life? If you are a newly graduated journalist or a student of journalism due to graduate soon, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship to take part in FCP in Finland in August 2011. Read more

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

02/03/2011 - 12/03/2011 Erja Lyytinen blues tour, various locations 

03/03/2011 - 28/03/2011 Exhibition by photographer Jorma Puranen, London

16/03/2011 Maija Hirvanen performs at DancEUnion, London

16/03/2011 Hannu Lintu conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham

17/03/2011 - 19/03/2011 Concerts by Turisas in London, Prestatyn and Nottingham

18/03/2011 - 25/03/2011 Concerts by Sonata Arctica, various locations

21/03/2011 Film: Jade Warrior, Liverpool

23/03/2011 - 30/04/2011 Exhibition by Axel Antas, London 

24/03/2011 - 01/04/2011 The 69 Eyes on tour in the UK 

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