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Newsletters, 13/10/2011

Joan Chirwa of Zambia and Dommie Yambo-Odette of Kenya were interviewed by students at Torpparinmäki Comprehensive School. Photo: Antti Purmonen

Journalists would bring transparency from Finland to Africa

Just short of twenty African journalists made visits to key elements of Finland’s success: education, business, information technology, good governance, crisis management as well as water and forestry expertise. The purpose of the media visit, organised by the Development Communications Group at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs together with the Embassy of Finland in London, was to ponder together the ingredients that give rise to sustainable development. Read more

Team Finland returned from World Skills London with eight medals. (photo by Skills Finland)

Team Finland awarded with eight medals from WorldSkills 2011

World's largest skill-oriented competition for young people came to an end last Sunday in London. TeamFinland, the national team, celebrated at the end with 5 silver and 3 bronze medals! "The good result proves that the quality of Finnish vocational training is world-class", says Timo Lankinen, the Director General of the Finnish National Board of Education and the Chairman of the Board of Skills Finland. Read more

At the Mörrintupa daycare outside Helsinki, the emphasis is on playing and learning outdoors, encouraging the Finnish love of nature. (photo by Anthony Shaw)

Back to nature begins early           

The chance to get your hands dirty is also a chance to learn. That’s part of the philosophy at a “forest daycare” on the edge of Helsinki, encouraging skills and values that stem from the Finnish love of nature. Finland is famous for its classroom performance; the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have repeatedly ranked Finnish children as top performers in school. But not all learning happens in the classroom. thisisFINLAND visits an unusual daycare in the Helsinki neighbourhood of Vanha Kaupunki (Old City). Read more

(C) Valtteri Hirvonen – Lauri Eriksson Company

Streets ahead - listen to the sound world of Design Capital Helsinki

The multiple sounds of the World Design Capital 2012 can now be listened online. Although the urban environment of Helsinki includes buildings that divide opinions, classic neighbourhoods, lush parks and the seashore surrounding all of this, it also includes noise, humming and music created by residents inspired by their surroundings. The thirteen different songs that have been chosen to represent the sound world of Helsinki reveal a vibrant and intriguing music scene in which the high level of expertise and diversity of music produced can, considering the size of the city, be considered surprising even on a global scale. Read more

Upcoming culture events in October - for further details, please visit our Events calendar

10/05/2010 - 10/05/2012 John Storgårds conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh

07/10/2011 - 10/12/2011 Exhibition by Jaakko Mattila, Farnham

10/10/2011 - 14/10/2011 Concerts by Joonas Haavisto Trio, various locations 

14/10/2011 Film: Lupaus (The Promise), London

26/10/2011 Film: Miesten Vuoro (Steam of Life), London

27/10/2011 Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham

27/10/2011 - 17/11/2011 Turisas on UK tour, various locations 

27/10/2011 Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, London

28/10/2011 Concert by Sakari Oramo and Anu Komsi, London

29/10/2011 - 19/02/2012 Exhibition Lost in Lace, Birmingham

03/11/2011 Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, London

05/11/2011 Concert by Finnish-Estonian Choir, London

12/11/2011 Concert by Pekka Kuusisto, London

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