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Newsletters, 14/07/2011

Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi spoke at the official inauguration. (c) UPM

"Finnish forest industry prime example of development of clean technologies"

Helsinki-based biofore company UPM has opened a state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility in Shotton, designed to achieve the highest recovery rates in the UK of 99 per cent. “Today, the Finnish forest industry is a prime example of an industry utilizing and actively developing cleaner processes” said Pekka Huhtaniemi, Ambassador of Finland to the UK, at the official opening at UPM’s Shotton paper mill. Read more

Siân Lewis has recently graduated from the University of Cardiff. (photo by Emmi Harju)

Siân Lewis is UK's representative in Foreign Correspondents' Programme

Siân Lewis has already gained plenty of international experience. Being raised in Spain and having studied in Italy for a year, she hopes the Foreign Correspondents’ Programme will get her acquainted with Finland and Scandinavia. In the future, the 23-year-old Siân would be interested in working as a foreign correspondent. Read more

Finland has supported the education sector in Ethiopia since the 1980s. (c) MFA of Finland

Study: For development cooperation, Finns would invest in education

Finns’ attitudes concerning development cooperation have become more positive than before. Almost one in four would increase appropriations for development cooperation.Finns are famously proud of education and aware of the importance of education and know-how to societal development. It is therefore not surprising that education is seen as a sector in which Finland’s development cooperation should invest the most. Read more

Self-confessed Angry Birds fans include the likes of David Cameron, Kylie Minogue and Paul Gascoigne. (c) Rovio

Angry Birds lead to addiction!       

When the Finn Niklas Hed founded the video game firm Relude with his cousin and some friends back in 2003, he never imagined that less than a decade later they would be acclaimed as creators of a world wide phenomenon: The Angry Birds. It has become, in just a few months, the best selling game in the history of mobile phones. Read more

The core of the Music Centre is the main concert hall with a capacity of 1,700. Outside the hall is a light-filled foyer with glass walls. (photo by Jussi Nukari/LKS)

Music Centre tunes up for grand opening

Central Helsinki gained a new landmark building in the spring of 2011 – one that comes with high expectations. The long-awaited Music Centre is preparing for its grand opening in early September. Only then will music lovers find out whether they finally have a concert hall with the proper acoustics to support top-flight orchestras. Read more

Upcoming culture events in July and August - for further information, please visit our Events calendar:

28/05/2011 - 04/09/2011 The Charter of the Forest by Simo Alitalo, Lincoln

07/06/2011 - 17/07/2011 Juha Uusitalo in Tosca, London

24/06/2011 - 23/07/2011 Exhibition The Helsinki School; Female View, London

05/07/2011 - 03/09/2011 Group exhibition feat. Maiju Tirri, London

30/07/2011 Concert by Tsuumi Sound System, Fochabers in Scotland

05/08/2011 - 02/09/2011 Exhibition by photographer Nelli Palomäki, London

06/08/2011 - 19/08/2011 Theatre Chaos, Edinburgh

06/08/2011 - 28/08/2011 Pink Noise by FORK, Edinburgh

08/08/2011 PROM 33; Sakari Oramo conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, London

16/08/2011 - 29/08/2011 Theatre The Overcoat, Edinburgh

17/08/2011 Concert feat. Ilari Laakso, Edinburgh

17/08/2011 PROM 44; Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, London

23/08/2011 Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, Edinburgh

25/08/2011 Concert by Orlando Paladino feat. Arttu Kataja, Edinburgh

26/08/2011 Concert by Olli Mustonen, Edinburgh

26/08/2011 - 28/08/2011 Scottish Ballet choreographed by Jorma Elo, Edinburgh

01/09/2011 Concert by Karita Mattila, Edinburgh

10/09/2011 Concert by Soile Isokoski and Marita Viitasalo, London

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