Category Archives: Miscellania

Finland, ‘Prepper Nation of the Nordics,’ Isn’t Worried About Masks

The Three Smiths Statue in Helsinki, Finland,  wore masks last week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has tapped into its stockpiles to fight the outbreak. Credit…Kimmo Brandt/EPA, via Shutterstock STOCKHOLM — As some nations scramble to find protective gear to … Continue reading

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Spanish influenza spreading fast in Sweden- RAIVAAJA 09/19/1918

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FINNISH LANGUAGE CLASSES @ SAIMA PARK have gone Virtual on ZOOM

Hyvää päivää/Good day! The “virtual” spring session of Finnish language classes will start on Monday, March 30, at 6 PM and will run for consecutive Mondays, ending on May 18. Email Lorna for details. Classes are held on line w/ZOOM … Continue reading

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New PM in Finland; she is 34 (the world’s youngest.)

Finland has a new government, headed by Social Democratic Party vice chair, Sanna Marin. The administration is Finland’s 76th. At just 34 years old, Marin, the former Minister for Transport and Communications, is now the world’s youngest premier. Her cabinet … Continue reading

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The novel “Crossing” by Finnish writer Pajtim Statovci nominated for National Book Award

The National Book Foundation has announced its longlist for the National Book Awards for 2019.   The categories are Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and Young People’s Literature.  The novel Crossing by Finnish writer Pajtim Statovci is one of nine … Continue reading

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‘Finland’s Munch’: the unnerving art of Helene Schjerfbeck | Art and design

One of her country’s most celebrated artists, Schjerfbeck is little known in the UK, but now her singular paintings will be seen in a major exhibition.. More at: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/06/helene-schjerfbeck-finnish-painter-royal-academy

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Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. With … Continue reading

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Girl Scouts around the World

Natalie Robb, great granddaughter of Sirkka and Olavi Tastula of Fitchburg, represented Finland at a Westminster Girl Scout Juniors, Troop 64651, event held at the Westminster Senior Center on June 8, 2019. The Scouts were working for their “Bronze Award … Continue reading

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‘A miracle’: Helsinki’s radical solution to homelessness

Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/03/its-a-miracle-helsinkis-radical-solution-to-homelessness

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Suomi on jääkiekon maailmanmestari (Finland Wins Hockey Championship)

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