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 software.
To register, please contact Lorna Sulin at LDSULIN@verizon.net or 978 407-9690, FCSP, PO Box 30, Fitchburg, MA 01420.
Kiitos/Thank you! and Stay Safe!

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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 consists of 12 women and seven men. All leaders of the five-party government coalition are women.

President Sauli Niinistö appointed the new administration shortly after 3pm on Tuesday, at the same time accepting the resignation of the previous government led by SDP chair Antti Rinne.

Rinne had been premier for just six months before tendering his resignation over his mishandling of a labour dispute between postal workers and their state-owned employer, national mail carrier Posti. Rinne and his government continued in a caretaker capacity until Marin’s formal appointment on Tuesday.

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finlands_record-young_pm_appointed_faces_confidence_vote_next_week/11111398

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Finnish Language Classes Continue at Saima Park

Interested in learning more about the Finnish language?
Fall classes are about to begin in the Function Hall at Saima Park and are scheduled as follows:
10 Mondays, September 16 through November 18   (Classes will be held on Columbus Day and Veterans Day)
New Beginners, with instructor Saija Laurla:            4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Advanced Beginners, with instructor Saija Laurla:   6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Intermediates, with instructor Liisa Liedes                6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Tuition: FCSP members $75; Others $80. Children under 18 years of age may attend for half tuition.
Tuition may be paid by check made out to FCSP and mailed to FCSP, P.O. Box 30, Fitchburg, MA 01420.; or may be paid by cash or check at the first class.
Hoping to see you!

    
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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 fight the coronavirus pandemic, Finland is sitting on an enviable stockpile of personal protective equipment like surgical masks, putting it ahead of less-prepared Nordic neighbors.

The stockpile, considered one of Europe’s best and built up over years, includes not only medical supplies, but also oil, grains, agricultural tools and raw materials to make ammunition. Norway, Sweden and Denmark had also amassed large stockpiles of medical and military equipment, fuel and food during the Cold War era. Later, most all but abandoned those stockpiles.

But not Finland. Its preparedness has cast a spotlight on national stockpiles and exposed the vulnerability of other Nordic nations.

When the coronavirus hit, the Finnish government tapped into its supply of medical equipment for the first time since World War II.

“Finland is the prepper nation of the Nordics, always ready for a major catastrophe or a World War III,” said Magnus Hakenstad, a scholar at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies.

Though year after year Finland has ranked high on the list of happiest nations, its location and historical lessons have taught the nation of 5.5 million to prepare for the worst, Tomi Lounema, the chief executive of Finland’s National Emergency Supply Agency, said on Saturday. More at https://dnyuz.com/2020/04/05/finland-prepper-nation-of-the-nordics-isnt-worried-about-masks/

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

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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 in the Translated Literature category.  The five finalists will be announced October 8th and the winners November 20th. 

Pajtim Statovci
was born in Kosovo in 1990 and moved with his family to Finland when he was two years old. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Helsinki. His first book, My Cat Yugoslavia, won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for best debut novel and his second, Crossing, won the Toisinkoinen Literature Prize. He received the 2018 Helsinki Writer of the Year Award.

The novel is translated from Finnish by David Hackston.

David Hackston is a British translator of Finnish and Swedish literature and drama. Notable publications include Pajtim Statovci’s My Cat Yugoslavia, Maria Peura’s coming-of-age novel At the Edge of Light, The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy edited by Johanna Sinisalo, Sinisalo’s eco-thriller Birdbrain, two crime novels by Matti Joensuu, and Kati Hiekkapelto’s Anna Fekete series.

https://www.nationalbook.org/books/crossing

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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 stage names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9″ Needles, the participants shared a simple goal: to showcase their knitting skills while dancing to heavy metal music in the most outlandish way possible.

“It’s ridiculous but it’s so much fun,” said Heather McLaren,

More at https://www.apnews.com/fe852ee8bb5f4fbe90142146eb4cdf17

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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 project 
to promote cultural diversity and knowledge”.  
In addition to Finland,  France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, 
Puerto Rico and Scotland were represented. 
Natalie wore the costume of Etela-Pohjanma, the region 
of Finland from where many in this area emigrated.   
She created a display accompanied by Finnish music playing.  
She talked about and answered questions concerning all the
wonderful things she discovered about the land 
of her great grandparents.   
Natalie also baked and served pannukakku (oven pancake)
for visitors to her display: 

https://raivaaja.org/imageNrobb1.jpeg

Contributed by Joyce Hannula
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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)

Finland wins the World Championship besting Canada 3-1

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/selkouutiset/maanantai_2752019_radio/10804725

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