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Newsletters, 08/04/2011

Kofi Annan. (c) World Economic Forum/, photo by Remy Steinegger

Peace mediation through the eyes of Kofi Annan and a former child soldier

How is peace built at the highest political level? Or, how does a victim of cruel human rights violations end up building a career as a hip hop artist – and a peace activist? Crisis Management Initiative, the organisation established by President Martti Ahtisaari, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a seminar to be held in Helsinki on 19 April. The seminar invitees include experts of peace mediation, from Kofi Annan and Stephen Heintz to Emmanuel Jal. Read more

Brigadier-general Tauno Nieminen and Aaro Suonio.

Peace-building is a project for generations in Northern Ireland

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, President Martti Ahtisaari may be the most distinguished Finn in international conflict resolution, but he is not the only one. When it comes to peace building, Finland has a particularly high profile in Northern Ireland where several Finns have contributed to the peace process. One of them is Aaro Suonio, who spent 13 years in Belfast working for the IICD. “Peace building is always a long process, but my understanding is that there’s no return to the conflict as it was.” Read more

The latest addition to FCO´s Documents on British Policy Overseas series focuses on the Nordic countries. (c) FCO

Foreign Office volume sheds light into crucial years of UK-Nordic relations

The latest volume in Foreign Office’s Documents on British Policy Overseas series focuses on Britain’s relations with the five Nordic countries in the crucial years leading up to Cold War. The volume was launched in London in a seminar that brought together FCO historians and experts from all Nordic countries. “Collectively, the Nordic countries were more important to British foreign policy in the late 1940s that at any other time”, Patrick Salmon, Chief Historian at Foreign Office said at the launch. Read more

Excerpts from Finland’s burgeoning literary scene.

Finnish contemporary literature - a wealth of voices

Bertolt Brecht once noted that Finns are silent in two languages. Maybe so, but they write in three – Finnish, Swedish and Sámi – and the total number of titles published annually in Finland is tremendous. The country sees the publication of 13,000-14,000 books a year, over 4,500 of them new works. Only in Iceland are more books published per capita. Read more

JA JA JA is back!

JA JA JA is back!

Ja Ja Ja is a monthly club night at London's Lexington venue, showcasing the best emerging talent from the Nordic countries and chosen by some of the most respected names in the UK music industry. On the line-up on 28 April is the Finnish Zebra & Snake. Read more

Upcoming culture events in April - for further information, please see our Events calendar:

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

01/04/2011 - 09/04/2011 Children of Bodom on tour in the UK 

05/04/2011 - 17/04/2011 Michael Monroe's Sensory Overdrive Tour, various locations

12/04/2011 - 14/04/2011 Concerts by Rotten Sound, London, Plymouth, Colchester

14/04/2011 - 15/04/2011 Performance by Oblivia: Entertainment Island 1, 2 & 3 - The Trilogy, Glasgow

15/04/2011 - 17/04/2011 Easter Fair at the Finnish Church in London

15/04/2011 - 16/04/2011 Cellist Anssi Karttunen with Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Glasgow and Edinburgh

16/04/2011 - 22/04/2011 Performance 'Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow', London

23/04/2011 Bass Johann Tilli with Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, London

28/04/2011 JA JA JA  London

04/05/2011 - 16/05/2011 Exhibition 'Nature and Mysteries of Life', London 

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