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Newsletters, 04/01/2012

The Presidential Palace in Helsinki. (c) Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

2012 Presidential election - advance voting in the UK

Finnish citizens eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election can cast their votes January 11-14 and, in a potential second round, January 25-28. There are eight advance polling stations in the United Kingdom: Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle and St Albans. Read more in English, suomeksi or på svenska

The presidential candidates meet the press. (Photo by Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva)

External opinion piece: Meet the candidates of presidential race

Remember the Western movie The Magnificent Seven? The Finnish presidential candidates could be called the Magnificent Eight, writes Kyösti Karvonen, managing editor of the newspaper Kaleva. Here are the main facts about each candidate, in alphabetical order. Read more

The grand opening of Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 was celebrated on New Year’s Eve at the Senate Square in Helsinki. (photo by Gustavo Alavedra)

World Design Capital Helsinki revs up

Helsinki is World Design Capital in 2012. It’s an exciting time to pose questions and seek fresh perspectives. Finland is best known for great design in furniture, glassware and architecture, you might think that they’d form the focus for the year’s events, too. They don’t. WDC Helsinki 2012 looks at design from a fresh perspective, showing how design is about more than individual objects or fashion – design is everywhere. Read more

At Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011, Fork rapidly became the talk of the town. (c) FORK

FORK make London debut             

After taking the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm last August, FORK – the Finnish rock a cappella group – make their debut in the UK capital at the London A Cappella Festival on Friday 13January. Their shows not only feature world-class vocals, but also theatrical stagecraft, fabulous costumes and state-of-the-art stage production. Read more

In his leisure time, John Gibson (on the right) enjoys family related activities as well as long distance running, swimming and historical research. (photo by Roland Dransfield PR)

New Honorary Consuls appointed in Southampton and Liverpool

Lawyers Christina Tolvas-Vincent and John Gibson have been installed as honorary consuls of Finland in Southampton and Liverpool respectively. Tolvas-Vincent and Gibson were appointed to their new roles by Erkki Tuomioja, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Read more

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

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

23/11/2011 - 26/01/2012 Exhibition The Wood Show featuring Markku Lyttinen, London

13/01/2012 FORK at London A Cappella Festival, London

26/01/2012 Concert JA JA JA - A Nordic Affair, London

26/01/2012 - 27/01/2012 Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham and London

02/02/2012 Concert by Reckless Love, London

Yksityiskohta suurlähetystörakennuksen eteisestä. (kuva: Sara Vihavainen)

Open house at the Embassy on 11 January

To mark the first day of advance voting of the 2012 presidential elections in Finland, the Embassy will have an 'open house' day on Wed, 11 Jan. Five tours around the Embassy building will be organised (at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30) - no need to register in advance but places are limited! For more details, please see our website: (in Finnish)

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