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Newsletters, 11/04/2012

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

Series of education events by the Embassy began

Finnish education has received a significant amount of attention in the UK, from British politicians and education experts to the general public. Largely due to the top ratings Finland has constantly achieved in OECD's PISA studies, education has been one of the most acknowledged aspects of the image of Finland in the UK. This spring the Embassy and the Finnish Institute in London are organising a series of education events, where the leading British and Finnish experts of education are brought together. Dr Pasi Sahlberg, one of Finland's top experts in education policy, will give a talk at the Scottish Parliament on May 2 and in London on May 17. Read more

“The Overcoat” takes its audience on a whistlestop tour of the last forty years of banking history. (C) Pleasance

New initiative brings Finnish theatrical works to London

From Start to Finnish is new theatrical initiative with the mission to bring Finnish work to the UK and take British work to Finland. The Pleasance Theatre in Islington is excited to welcome two critically acclaimed Finnish works to be performed in London for the first time: The Overcoat and Death of a Theatre Critic. The Overcoat, on stage in April, takes its audience on a whistlestop tour of the last forty years of banking history, from the strikes of the 1970s to the global debt crisis of today. Death of a Theatre Critic, that can be seen in early May, is a dark comedy about chance and destiny following the hardships of a theatre director. Read more

Prime Minister Jyrki gave several interviews to international media while in London - here to legendary Sir David Frost. (photo by Jouni Mölsä)

Prime Ministers Katainen and Cameron: Confidence in Europe needs to be restored

"Finland welcomes Britain's desire for a stronger internal market. It will improve competitiveness and employment also in Finland", said Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen in London. Katainen had a bilateral meeting with his UK counterpart David Cameron, in which key issues to the Finnish-British relationship were discussed. While in London, Prime Minister Katainen also met with the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King. Read more

UK used the platform provided by the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 to increase its positive influence by applying ducal diplomacy. (C) KAVA

Ducal diplomacy in Cold War Helsinki

London is preparing to host the greatest olympics of all-time this summer but 2012 is also a jubilee year for Helsinki, the current World Design Capital, as it has been exactly 60 years since the Helsinki Olympic Games in 1952. Embassy of Finland organised an Olympics-themed event where the 1952 games were reminisced, while looking forward to the coming summer. The event was honoured by the presence of athletes who took part in the 1952 games, along with His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, who as a 16-year old young man visited the Helsinki Olympics and made an unforgettable impression on the Finnish housewives. Read more  

Upcoming culture events in April and early May - for further details, please visit our Events calendar

01/03/2012 - 14/04/2012 Exhibition IC-98; A View from the Other Side, London

16/03/2012 - 14/04/2012 Exhibition by photographer Sandra Kantanen, London

10/04/2012 - 14/04/2012 Concert by Sansa - the Finnish songstress, London

12/04/2012 Red Forest Hotel; a film by Mika Koskinen, London

17/04/2012 - 28/04/2012 Theatre: The Overcoat, London

18/04/2012 - 22/04/2012 Concerts and Exhibition: Simberg and Sibelius, London

18/04/2012 Osmo Vänskä conducts the London Philharmonia Orchestra, London

19/04/2012 - 22/04/2012 The London Original Print Fair feat. Kristian Krokfors, London

20/04/2012 John Storgårds conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London

01/05/2012 - 05/05/2012 Theatre: Death of a Theatre Critic, London

03/05/2012 Inner Voices; the music of Sibelius and David Matthews, London

04/05/2012 Inner Voices: the music of Sibelius and David Matthews, London

05/05/2012 Inner Voices; music of Sibelius and David Matthews, London

05/05/2012 Inner Voices: music of Sibelius and David Matthews: study day, London

05/05/2012 Inner Voices; music of Sibelius and David Matthews: piano works, London

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

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