Lauri Markkanen -NBA DRAFT

Here’s what they are saying about the 7 ft 230 lb Finnish Star:

Final 2017 NBA Mock Draft, first round to Timberwolves

Kurt Helin
NBC Sports

Lauri Markkanen is Arizona Wildcats’ only sure thing in this year’s NBA Draft

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Keasjuhla 2017

Sunday, June 25, 10-4
For schedule of events, please visit
FOOD Chicken barbecue, hot dogs, Finnish coffee bread, Arctic berry and strawberry sundaes
GAMES  Chess tournament with George Mirijanian, water-carry obstacle course, molkky lawn bowling
MUSIC  Oivan Ilo Finnish folk singers, Kris Lucander’s Jazz Trio
DANCE  Revontulet Finnish Folk Dancers
ART & BOOKS  Artist Karen Kemp, Raivaaja Bookstore & Preservation Update
THEATER  Riverfront Children’s Theatre presents “How Green WAS My Vineyard: The Mostly Ridiculous Story of St. Urho and the Grasshoppers”. Written and directed by Sally Cragin
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World’s Worst Skier??

World’s worst skier’: how it went downhill for Adrian Solano, Venezuela’s Eddie the Eagle

The novice had only trained on wheels before arriving in Finland to compete in the Nordic world ski championships


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Lauri Markkanen named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected the Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 22. The USBWA’s weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

As the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, Markkanen was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week. This is the eighth season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week.

Markkanen, 7-0 forward from Jyväskylä, Finland, averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a road sweep of USC and UCLA, shooting 14-of-22 from the field (.636) and 8-of-10 (.800) behind the arc. His game-high 23 points (8-12 FG, 5-6 3FG) at USC marked the 11th game this season he has led the Wildcats in scoring. He followed up with 18 points (6-10 FG, 3-4 3FG) to help Arizona win at No. 3 UCLA for its best true road win over a ranked opponent since downing No. 1 Stanford in March 2001.

Markkanen’s performance helped the Wildcats extend their winning streak to 12 games and to remain unbeaten in conference play (7-0). Monday, Markkanen was included in the USBWA’s Oscar Robertson Trophy (National Player of the Year) and Wayman Tisdale Award (National Freshman Player of the Year) midseason watch lists.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation’s oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

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Finnish digital footprint leaves its mark on MWC 2017 and beyond


Barcelona, February 23, 2017: Finland is the global tech superpower. Supported by early access to new technologies, Finland and Finnish companies will be displaying their latest solutions and digital innovations at the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017). Meet the Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications, Ms. Anne Berner, at the Finland pavilion on Monday 27th at 5pm.

For a country like Finland, a collaborative home field is key for being ahead in the new digital ballgame, where the development of new technologies like 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things and Virtual Reality drive all the players in the technology field to move forward at a remarkable pace.

“Ultimately the mutual interaction of 5G, AI, IoT as well AR and VR will be the real game changer. For this reason, we provide Finnish SMEs access to these developing technologies earlier than our competitors do. Our model enables new innovations for the common good as well as for Finnish companies to stay on the cutting edge of the development. That’s our digital footprint,” explains Anne Berner, Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications.

Read the whole press release at

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RAIVAAJA KYMMENEN VUOTTA (1915) is Now in Digital Format

The book RAIVAAJA KYMMENEN VUOTTA has been digitized by Raivaaja Foundation.
The book was originally printed by the Publishing Company in January 1915 to mark the 10th year since the beginning of the “crazy enterprise”.  A few pages of the digitized book are available on and include photos, diagrams, and details (in Finnish) of the founding and first years of the newspaper which also established  the very successful Workers Credit Union in 1914 (

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“Synkkä Metsä / Dark Forest “

synkka_metsa_cover2“Synkkä Metsä / Dark Forest ”
Chicago based professional jazz saxophonist Juli Wood has recorded a CD of Finnish folk songs played in jazz styles.  All four of her grandparents immigrated to the US from Finland and settled in Minnesota.

“All of my grandparents immigrated to the US from Pohjonmaa in the early 20th century. They were from Oulu, Haapajarvi, Pyhajarvi, and Alavieska.They ended up in Duluth MN and the Iron Range.  I have been traveling to Finland almost every summer for the last 15 years to play jazz music with some wonderful Finnish musicians in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku. My parents were great supporters of the Salolampi language camp in Bemidji MN. I’ve been there several times with my mother, Miriam Hendrickson. At Salolampi I heard many of the folk songs that are on my CD. Because I’m a professional jazz saxophonist, I decided to record the Finnish folk songs as instrumental pieces in jazz styles.Here’s a link to hear some samples on my website –  People wishing to purchase “Synkkä Metsä / Dark Forest ” can send a $20 check or money order ( includes postage and handling )to Juli Wood, 5806 N Artesian Ave, Chicago , IL 60659. Kiitos ! Juli Wood”

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Morley Safer of 60 Minutes and “Tango Finlandia” Dies

Morley Safer, a CBS television correspondent who brought the horrors of the Vietnam War into the living rooms of America in the 1960s and was a mainstay of the network’s news-magazine “60 Minutes” for almost five decades, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84.

While more renown for his other more serious reporting,  he introduced    “Tango Finlandia” to the world in 1993 ( noting all those well known Finnish traits disappear on the dance floor.  His Tango piece has spawned academic research:

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Tough times mean fewer children

Recently released figures showed that the number of births in Finland hit a 150-year low in 2015. At least one researcher says that tough times in the economy, high unemployment and a growing sense of uncertainty are among the reasons many people are choosing to have fewer children.

Only around 55,400 babies were born in Finland last year. The last time so few were born in a single year was in 1868, during an extended period of famine.

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Fun Finn Facts Tab Added

We have added a new tab for the quirky stories that may cause a quiet chuckle or help you fill those moments when you can’t think of anything to say when you meet your neighbor.  Check out the new posti service, speeders,  and politicians.   Enjoy.

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