Pannukakku Breakfast & Flea Market (04/27)

Saturday, April 27

8:00-10:00   Pannukakku Breakfast: Bacon, sausage, Finnish oven pancake, fruit, juice, Finnish coffee bread,  coffee/tea/cocoa, $8. Loaves of coffee bread will also be available for purchase.

8:00-noon (or later): Flea Market:  Proceeds to benefit the Saima Scholarship Fund.

Artist Elisa Lomme will selling her beautiful paintings, and Raivaaja Foundation will have an information table.

Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg, MA. www.saima-park.org

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U.S. Cancels Journalist Jessikka Aro’s International Women of Courage Award

Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro, who was set to be honored with an International Women of Courage Award, has reportedly had her award rescinded after the State Department discovered she had frequently criticized President Trump on social media…More at.. https.www.thedailybeast.com/us-cancels-journalist-jessikka-aros-award-over-her-criticism-of-trump-report

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Finland’s new library speaks volumes about the world’s most literate nation

While Brits watch their libraries disappear, Helsinki’s radical new library combines reading, skills and recreation.

” In Helsinki – home to almost 650,000 people – there are 36 public libraries. “Libraries are the second-highest rated public service in Helsinki; the number one is drinking water,” explains Helsinki’s executive director of culture Tommi Laitio. It is enshrined in law that every Finnish municipality must have a public library, and as a result there are 853 across the country…” more at

https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/skills/2019/03/finland-s-new-library-speaks-volumes-about-world-s-most-literate-nation

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Is Helsinki the world’s coolest city?

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/helsinki-coolest-city-finland/index.html

(CNN) — When it snows, the flakes come at you like shards of ice. There’s a biting wind that freezes your ears off. Daylight lasts only a few hours.And no one talks much. Helsinki in the middle of winter sounds like a place to avoid at all costs. A dark, brooding city that shivers under piles of snow.Maybe it was once, but not any more…

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BBC – Travel – Why the Finns don’t want to be happy

Hi All, For your reading pleasure…Lorna

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180617-why-the-finns-dont-want-to-be-happy

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Finland’s ‘free cash’ experiment

Finland’s ‘free cash’ trial fails to boost employment

But scheme did leave participants happier and healthier

“Europe’s first national government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash failed to encourage its participants to work more as organizers had hoped – but it did improve their well-being.

Under Finland’s two-year basic income trial, which ended a month ago, a random sample of 2,000 unemployed people aged 25 to 58 were paid a monthly €560 (£475), with no requirement to seek or accept employment. Any recipients who took a job continued to receive the same amount.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/08/finland-free-cash-experiment-fails-to-boost-employment

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Finnish Language Classes Continue at Saima Park

The Finnish Center at Saima Park has scheduled its spring session of Finnish Language classes.

For more information, please visit http://www.saima-park.org

Beginner: Saija Laurla, instructor

  10 Mondays: March 18, 25, 31; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20; June 3 (10 weeks), 4:00-6:00pm  (No class April 01 or on Memorial Day

  Tuition: $75 for FCSP members, $80 for others

Advanced Beginner: Saija Laurla, instructor

  10 Mondays: March 18, 25, 31; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20; June 3 6:15-8:15pm  (No class April 01 or on Memorial Day)

  Tuition: $75 for FCSP members, $80 for others

Intermediate: Liisa Liedes, instructor

  Mondays, April 8-June 3. (8 weeks*), 6:15-8:15pm. There will be no class on Memorial Day, May 27.    Tuition: $60 for FCSP members, $65 for others

*Note: Intermediate students wishing to attend for 10 weeks may attend two of Saija’s classes prior to April 8. Tuition would then be $75 for FCSP members, $80 for others.

See www.saima-park.com  for photos and bios of Saija and Liisa. 

To register, please email Lorna at LDSULIN@verizon.net or call 978 342-1908 and leave a message including your name and phone number.


    
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Fly your Finnish Flag for Vappu

Keep that flag out after “War Veterans Day” for May 1st: Vappu

What is Vappu?

With its northern latitude leading to cold. dark winters, the arrival of spring has always been a welcome event in Finland and a tradition of a festival to mark the turning of the seasons dates back to pagan times.

A Finnish twist on the May Day celebrations developed in the nineteenth century when engineering students would celebrate and party at midnight on 30 April, while sporting their traditional white caps.

This custom has now become widespread across Finland, leading to almost a carnival-like partying in towns and cities with large student populations.

Festivities begin in Helsinki at 6pm on 30 April, when students will gather at the Market Square to wash the statue of a nude female called Havis Amanda, before putting a white cap on her head.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/75/Helsinki_HavisAmanda_at_Vappu_20050430.JPG

On 1 May, students and graduates will then lead a procession through Helsinki, ending in large open-air picnics in the parks across the city. Mead and doughnuts are traditional treats on this day.

Submitted by Joyce Hannula

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“National War Veterans Day”

Friday April 27
“National War Veterans Day”

It marks the last time Finland was at war, the end of the Lapland War in 1945.
On 27 April 1945, the very last German troops left Finland
and crossed the border to Norway - then occupied by Nazi Germany.

Submitted by Joyce Hannula

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Fly your Finnish Flag Monday, March 19 for the birthday of Minna Canth and “Day of Equality” in Finland

Fly your Finnish Flag
Monday, March 19 for the birthday of Minna Canth
and
“Day of Equality” in Finland

Minna, born March 19, 1844, was a writer and social activist.
She began to write as a widow while raising seven children.
She became a controversial figure.

Her most important works were plays which caused scandal:
“The Workers Wife” and “Anna Liisa”

She is the first woman to receive her own Flag Day in Finland,
starting on March 19, 2007

It is also the day of social equality in Finland.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minna_Canth

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