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Storsand – a dissent beach with dunes

16 July, 2013 (11:39) | Exploring Finland | By: Aleksi O.

StorsundFinding a nice beach with lots of sand and a great view in Finland is a challenge. Any of those beaches that are 15 miters long with questionable sand do not count.
Here is our advice – go to Storsand. The area is quite remote to be disturbed by anyone if you need peace but there are people around you too. You will find a nice grilling place, actually two of them, a big parking place which easily turns into a football field and (!) even sand dunes. If you plan to grill, take wood with you. Though there is forest around you and sometimes there is a pile of chopped wood, sometimes the wood runs off and you’d need to wonder for some dry branches. This said, take some

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40 km of the Best Road Views of Finland

16 July, 2013 (11:04) | Exploring Finland | By: Aleksi O.

If you ever go to Naantali by car and you’d need to travel north, do yourself a favor an go to Mynämäki. Instead of going to high way, as your navigator will encourage you do, go via village areas.  Here you will enjoy a view from high bridges over thousands of islands, fabulous hills and colorful fields, and the exciting type of road that you’d expect driving somewhere in South Germany or North Italy with multiple turns. Follow the map directions and you will see what we think are the best views and road of Finland.

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Jyväskylä is turning 175 in 2012

19 July, 2012 (07:12) | Facts About Finland, Finnish History | By: Snezhana Snezhko

This year is a special anniversary year for the most central city in Finland

Jyväskylä was established on March 22nd, 1837. It may seem like 175 years are not a significant number. Of course, it depends on what is the other object of comparison. However, for Finnish history, which is distinguished by its young age of the national establishment, 175 years are advanced age.

How did it start?

Let`s briefly turn back into the history of the central Finland in order to get to know closely the roots of the real `keskisuomalaiset`. The source of all sources, Internet, tells us a story about a young man named Heikki, who is associated with the very first establisher of the city Jyväskylä. A story is very simple: Heikki came and settled down on the territory of the current Jyväskylä. Absolutely by accident his name was recorded in the ancient chronicles among the first people who lived in Jyväskylä in those days. He was just a lucky guy.

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Made in Finland. Made by Women.

10 July, 2012 (09:36) | Facts About Finland, Finnish Businesses | By: Snezhana Snezhko

While surfing through one Internet journal, I found an interesting article listing the most successful ideas created by women that later turned into incredibly practical inventions. Some people sarcastically criticize inventions by women. However, to no purpose! Most of the ideas are unbelievably down-to-earth. They are created to increase the comfort of the daily routine, as well as to make a woman even more beautiful.

Among the best known inventions of women are backpack-kangaroo for caring babies around, robot-vacuum cleaner iRobot, prototype of Wi-Fi, silicone, aramid fiber or Kevlar, method to improve the quality of photos through radioactive materials (later used in NASA and X-ray technologies).

A special attention should be addressed to Finnish ladies who have significantly contributed to the global society through their unique inventions. Finland is one of not many European countries where there is an association of women-innovators (QUIN-SUOMI ry) established in 2001 by Maila Hakala.

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Finland and My Name by Anita Boey

19 May, 2012 (11:51) | Random, Surviving in Finland | By: Anita Boey

Finland and My NameGoing to Finland was one wacky idea that I had so I enrolled myself in several universities in Finland. I did not put much hope on receiving an acceptance offer. But I just wanted to put my resume in to see what happens.

About a month or less after I did so, I got an email from Finland. I have been accepted into the University of Vaasa! First, I was shocked, secondly, I was more shocked and thirdly, I was STILL SHOCK at the idea of going to Finland for the next 2 years! I had the slightest idea of Finland! My only ever encounter with a Finn was my Math teacher back in high school; actually, he was only half-Finn! Now what do I do? Quickly reading up on Finland, the Finnish culture and Finnish language, I realized that not too much information can be found online (back then). Soon the word spread that I am going to Finland and many of my friends didn’t even know where Finland is on the map! So for about a month’s time before going to Finland, my Facebook profile photo was of the world map, with Finland pointed out. To save myself some explanation to do, this Facebook profile photo idea really helped a lot!

My first ever contact with a “real” Finnish person was when I went to the Finnish General Consulate in New York City. I handed in my application for a Finnish student permit and the lady over the counter asked in a thick Finnish accent (of course at that time I just thought she had an interesting accent but didn’t think much of it), “Are you a Finn? You have a Finnish name.” The lady had a very warm smile on her face as if she hasn’t seen another Finn for a long time.

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Annual Vaasa Choir Festival from May 16

16 May, 2012 (21:11) | Facts About Finland, Finnish Culture, News | By: Snezhana Snezhko

Vaasan Choire FestivalChoir festival in Vaasa is a major international event in a choral music. The festival will last for five days, starting already on May 16th until May 20th. The festival is everybody’s favorite event where any choir can participate. During the festival around 100 concerts will be organized. The choir music might be heard in local churches, schools, restaurants, etc.

The choir collectives who are invited as the main singers in 2012 are the following: The King’s Singers (UK), Vocal Ensemble Cantatrix (Netherlands), Club For Five (Finland), Cantores Minores (Finland), Realtime A Cappella Quartet (USA/Canada) and Mount Baker Toppers (USA).

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Celebration of Mother’s Day in Finland

12 May, 2012 (12:12) | Facts About Finland, Finnish Culture | By: Snezhana Snezhko

Mother's Day in FinlandMother’s Day is the brightest celebration honoring mothers all around the world. In many different countries it is celebrated on various days, most commonly in March, April, or May. The celebration of Mother’s Day was adopted from the United States in early 1900s. Since that time different countries and cultures give different meanings to this event, but the main focus remains to honor mothers. In Finland, Mother’s day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It has become an official flag raising day since 1947. This year Mother’s day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 13th. Finnish Mother’s day is a quiet celebration. Traditionally, mothers receive flowers and handmade postcards from their children. Later in the day, mothers can be surprised with a homemade dinner and cake. It is common for Finns to visit grandmothers on that day. Some people visit cemeteries in remembrance of those mothers who are not alive today. Ilta-Sanomat newspaper made a small questionnaire to figure out what is the most commonly presented gift to Finnish mothers.

  1. It is always nice to see mothers look beautiful, young and refreshed. That is why the majority plans to present Beauty Salon Service Certificates as a gift to their mothers.

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What can you do during your working hours in Finland?

23 April, 2012 (11:50) | Finnish Businesses, Finnish Culture, Working in Finland | By: Snezhana Snezhko

What can you do at workMany men go to the barber shops during their working hours, but is this behavior appropriate? How do bosses accept the situation when employees are visiting child clinics or their cars’ worthiness tests during the work time? There are a few companies that permit their employees to visit groceries stores during their business day, but what if shopping continues on the Internet at the working table? Taloussanomat explained what is appropriate to do during the working hours and what is not.
Taloussanomat asked different organizations what employees can do during their working hours.
Is it normal to visit hair salon, dentists or, for example, child health clinics? What if employees visit sport clubs of their children or housing association affairs? What about making banking affairs or visiting different forums on the Internet?
“It is very clear. Working hours are for the work. Employers have a right to organize jobs and guide the instructions for their implementation”, says Chairman of Advisory Board for Managerial Staff, Heikki Kauppi.
Decisions and work instructions vary from organization to organization, because these are the things that are hard to agree on even in official labor units. In practice occasions vary with workplace. In the number of organizations job details do not have clear instructions therefore these matters are decided case by case.

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Have you been living in Finland too long?

19 April, 2012 (21:13) | Facts About Finland, Finnish Culture, Random, Surviving in Finland | By: Snezhana Snezhko

Living in Finland too longDuring one of my Finnish classes teacher shared the list of things according to which you can see whether you have been living in Finland quite a long time. Of course, the list of things is a joke, but they say there is a portion of truth in every joke. Voila! Enjoy it and check yourself:

So, you have been living too long in Finland, if…

- You think that it is normal to eat lunch at 11:00

- On Thursdays you feel like eating pea soup with pancakes

- While entering the post office, bank or pharmacy you are looking for a machine with a queue ticket in the first instance

- A deep sigh is a part of your daily vocabulary, particularly a constant utterance of “Mmmh”

- Silence is fun

- When it is 70 degrees in the sauna, it is cool, but when it is 25 degrees outside, it is hot

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History of “Sea Eagle” Monument in Vaasa

19 April, 2012 (20:27) | Facts About Finland, Finnish History | By: Snezhana Snezhko

Sea Eagle Monument

One of the monuments dedicated to Finnish aviation is located in the Vaskiluoto park on the bridge that connects two main islands in Vaasa. The monument was designed by Kalervo Kallio (1909-1969) and constructed by Suomen Kiviteollisuus Oy. The monument was officially represented on 12.10.1969.

The length of the monument is 7 m. Red granite, collected from the municipality of Vehmaa, is the main material of the statue. The monument consists of six granite stones that weight more than 63 t all together. An impressive figure of an eagle with stretching wings is placed on top of the monument, 13 m from the sea level. The length of the spread wings is 5, 6 m. The bird weights 3000kg. The bronze bird is fixed into granite base with four stainless acidproof steel screws. The inscription on the monument is engraved through sandblasting in both languages Finnish and Swedish:

(which means dedicated to “Finnish Aviation”).

Sea eagle is the only bird that is landing on the widely spread feet. This way of landing reminds the landing of the first planes. The funds for the construction of the monuments came from different sources. 8% of funding came from Sweden. The total cost of the monument consisted of 230 000 marks.

The monument dedicated to the aviation is a sign of a deep respect to the military sky forces as well as to all contributing members oriented to improve and develop Finnish aviation forces.

On 6.3.1918 the plane called “Morane Parasol” landed in the southern part of Vaasa.

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