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.
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.
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.
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,
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:
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