Read more in our working life special. See page 6.
Massive severance packages routine
The amount of severance pay paid in Finland to company managing directors when they are fired varies from a few hundred thousand to several million euros.
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Video CVs We have all either sent or received CVs for job applications. The report was produced by Varma in cooperation with specialists in the field Odum. While illness is often the cause of inability to work in older generations, for young people the reasons relate to work itself. According to the paper's findings, the so-called golden handshake is standard practice nowadays in all large firms in Finland, and the amounts that have been paid out range from several hundred thousand to over two million euros. For most foreigners it's a timely reminder that summer is finally on the way, but what's behind this most Finnish of celebrations. The Taloussanomat business daily did a survey in March to find out what companies give the largest severance packages to top-level management. How Finns view their ability to work was more positive than in a corresponding study carried out three years ago, but big differences were discovered in different sectors' workplace welfare. Around seven per cent of under30-year-olds don't think they'll be doing the same work in two years' time. For example, too fast a pace of work as well as the demands placed on people by work sap their strength. Read more about working life on pages 18-19.
Many OECD warning for Finland against apathy unhappy
DAV ID J. Those under 40 years of age, in particular, feel the threat of work becoming less satisfying, and this affects their ability to cope. Depending on the company, the payout can be even bigger than that; according to some consultants, CEOs in Finland are often given as much as 18 months' severance pay.
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Helsingin Sanomat reported on Wednesday 25 April that managing director of Veikkaus Risto Nieminen was laid off by the board.
After Nokia managing director Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was fired in autumn 2010, Yle reported that he received 4.6 million euros in compensation, which is equivalent to around 18 months' salary plus bonuses. The current budget plans call for an improvement of 2.7 billion euros, made up of 1.5 billion in new taxes and 1.2 billion in spending cuts.
In the OECD's Economic Survey of Finland for this year, the organisation makes it clear that they are not satisfied with a lacklustre budget. Many young people still view their career in quite bleak terms. Lintsi's new World of Cuisine Kattila brings you Michelin star chefs at affordable prices so now adults can enjoy some fine dining. The standard period of notice for CEOs is six months, during which time they receive the normal rate of pay. Veikkaus is entirely state-owned. The most frequent justification for the payouts is that they are intended to compensate for the great uncertainty and risk that comes with being the chief executive officer of a large company. In contrast to ma-
ny other European Union and other countries, there is no legal obligation in Finland on employers to pay severance pay to any regular employees when they are laid off. The Finnish Government has taken some steps to improve the fiscal situation, although not to the extent the OECD suggests. In addition to this, if the employment contract is severed by the firm, managing directors receive compensation equivalent to 12 months' salary. In both the IT and forestry sectors there have been many employer-employee negotiations in recent years. The balance between looking boring, or being over the top, is difficult to achieve. Data for the study was collected during 2010 and 2011, with about 30,400 people agreeing to take part. The hustle and bustle of everyday life doesn't always make it possible to stop and think about what one's work is really all about," says Tanja Rokkanen, a doctor with pensions company Varma. According to Yle, Nieminen's salary in 2011 was around 356,000 euros. "Without major retirement reforms, significant further fiscal consolidation would soon be needed to deal with the costs of ageing," the report says. Loosely-worded employment contracts for company heads can be disastrous for companies; in a number of cases in Finland, the severance packages paid out to unwanted CEOs have forced companies to issue profit warnings. In February, Minister of Finance Jutta Urpilainen said the Social Democratic Party will refuse to consider reforming the pension system before the next scheduled parliamentary elections in 2015.
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Speaking in tongues Bilingual families are becoming more and more common in Finland, and the world generally, as people migrate for work and other reasons. Based on his salary from the previous year, this would amount to about 760,000 euros. In this sector, every tenth under30-year-old is considered to be at risk due to their ability to work. In the 50-59 age group, most of those comprising the risk group
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www.iprint.fi. The organisation studied 26 countries, only one of which Sweden needed to make no changes to its fiscal policy. "While the budget deficit is small, current fiscal plans are not ambitious enough to deal with future fiscal challenges related to an ageing population," the report states. See page 24.
IN TWO separate publications, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has chided Finland for not addressing long-standing economic imbalances. Raising children to speak the languages of both parents might seem natural, but for a long time it was frowned upon by the academic world and not encouraged at all. "In many companies there has been one change after another. If you reckon you have the right communication skills, perhaps a video CV could be right for you. They say that to bring debt to 50 per cent of GDP by 2050, Finland needs to immediately increase the primary balance by 5.7 per cent of GDP, or about 10.2 billion euros. See page 20.
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Tasty Lintsi Helsinki's fun fair Linnanmäki, or Lintsi, has just opened for the summer. CORD HEL SINK I T IME S
Vappu celebrations As vappu rolls around again, Finns dig out the old student white cap and put the sparkling wine on ice. In mid-April, the OECD released a report regarding fiscal consolidation. Raising the retirement age, improving incentives to work for older individuals and further tightening early-retirement schemes would increase labour supply and could lower fiscal costs sufficiently to address these longterm challenges. According to the study, the workplace welfare of young employees should be improved, especially in the IT sector. See pages 18-19.
YLE NEWS reported earlier this week that the managing director of the betting company Veikkaus, Risto Nieminen, will get a full year's severance pay. Alma Media's managing director Juho Lipsanen was reported to have received the equivalent of 18 months' salary when the company showed him
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I think there is some evidence that democratic movements have had an influence on the country. And by an intelligent American policy in the Far East, which does not get involved in mainland problems, treats China to the extent that's possible as a partner, but also seeks to mediate and conciliate between China and Japan, and to mitigate the rising tensions between India and China. Is there any realistic chance that China would evadventure in Iraq and the overambitious internal goals in Afghanistan. Is the decline of the United States in 2012 more real than it has been in the past. You allow me a margin of wishful thinking, but I'm not confident, no. You write in Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power that China isn't necessarily looking to play the same role that American power has traditionally played. And that means, in brief, as I try to argue in my book, a policy that expands the West by deliberately but patiently embracing both Turkey and Russia in the West. That's a good question, but I won't answer it because I really wouldn't know how to define it yet. China seems to have embraced a type of capitalism that's not tethered to democratic reform at all. The second point to make in general is, however, that the political awakening worldwide and its populist manifestations are not always necessarily pointed towards democracy. The rise of China doesn't necessarily mean the decline of America. Moreover, today, even though they call themselves communist, they are not propagating the notion that someday their system will be emulated worldwide the way the Soviets once were. It's a little more like two different people of different ages are walking forward. Namely, a great deal of very deliberate domestic reforms addressing the weaknesses that are becoming increasingly self-evident in the political system, in the social system, and in the economic system, together with a foreign policy that tries to build wider frameworks of co-operation between those parts of humanity that are likely to be effectively politically organised, and the co-operation of which is necessary for dealing with the increasingly menacing global problems that we all confront. The answer is no. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.
America in decline?
A Q&A with Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to US President Jimmy Carter, in which he talks about the implications of the rise of China and what it means for the United States.
There have been other periods in recent American history where the United States was seen to be in decline for example, after the launch of Sputnik in 1957, and after the Vietnam War and Watergate. He is Robert E. Let's say someone who is 22 years old and someone who is two years old. Obviously, the 22-year-old will be walking much faster than the two-year-old. Is there a Chinese dream. That's the other side of the coin: namely, that in fact that mass political activism can also at some points become very nationalistic or ideological, or fanatical even. 4
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Zbigniew Brzezinski is a Polish American political scientist, geostrategist and statesman. So in that respect, there could be some drift toward democracy in China, albeit slow. As you say in the book, these need to be top-down policies. Today, in a way, there is, although I do not necessarily view China as such a rival yet. Interesting. For a long time, we all thought that the rise of capitalism would coincide with a rise in democracy around the world. I think it's more real, because in the past there were periods of uncertainty, and perhaps some degree of pessimism, but there wasn't really a convincing rival whose dynamism and appeal threatened to shadow America's. Are you confident that course will be pursued by whoever is going to be in the White House in 2013. I think the Chinese are more indirect and more pragmatic. We ought to be aware of the fact that their past is as important to their future as the future is purely for us.
The fact is that China is developing rapidly, its infrastructure is changing dramatically, its appeal to many places in the world is very much on the rise at a time when America, on a number of fronts, is either stalled, or stagnating or on the political level, very divisive.
years later, when the 22-yearold is close to 50 and the other one is in his or her twenties, the latter one is moving forward much more rapidly and can pass by the older one. First of all, I think it's too early to conclude that there is no impact on China. So how would you characterise the decline of the United States. But 25 and prospective levels of accomplishment particularly in the realm of economic power that China seems to be attaining suggests that the position of America is at least challenged. Everyone knows what the American dream is. But it's something that combines the future with China's prolonged and very proud past. The decline is not in the sense that one is going downhill and the other is going uphill. How do you explain that. The Chinese have strongly embedded traditions of imperial domination, largely by indirection and acquiescence, and not by direct conquest. Well, that depends on how you define that traditional role, because I think in some respects it's changed for the worse in the last decade or so, especially with the mis-. In that sense, America is declining, and the rates of growth er assume America's traditional role in the world. [Laughs] Are you. So what does America need to do to preserve and protect its role in the world. If so, how would you define it. Well, [laughs] that requires an answer nearly half the length of my book. The 300-million-strong Chinese middle class is beginning, in some parts, to claim its own civic rights and its own notion of what a civic society ought to involve in the political realm namely, respect for law, social participation in decision making, decentralisation of power, and so forth. Nonetheless, the fact is that it is developing rapidly, its infrastructure is changing dramatically, its appeal to many places in the world is very much on the rise at a time when America, on a number of fronts (as I discuss in more detail in my book), is either stalled, or stagnating or on the political level, very divisive
Soini expressed his annoyance at a meeting of the party's leadership in Helsinki last Saturday 20 April. All the accused in this muchdiscussed election funding court case were sentenced last Wednesday 18 April. "The question of how a company's reputation would be effected if the details of a given action were plastered across newspapers' front pages has to always be borne in mind," says Linnainmaa.. In his speech at the party leadership meeting, Soini said the aim is for the party to win 1000 seats throughout the country in the local elections this autumn. According to Soini, the party's main political themes in the local elections will be the defence and improvement of social and health services, and opposition to cronyism and old boys' networks in politics and business.
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Old boy networks a Finnish problem, says corruption organisation
Transparency International's Finnish chapter believes that the recent corruption case involving Ilkka Kanerva sends a clear message to business.
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head Timo Soini is at the end of his tether about what he sees as the unfair treatment dished out to his party by the mainstream news media. Altogether, the case had four components: Kanerva's bribery case, crimes sur-
rounding the Nova Group's declaration of bankruptcy, bribery concerning a Rovaniemi snowmobile factory project and confusion surrounding the money given out for electoral campaigning purposes by the association Kehittyvien maakuntien Suomi. This level of representation at local government level, Soini said, would correspond to the party's current level of parliamentary representation. She reminds businesses that complying with the law isn't always enough and that thought must be given to the way things look as well. Eronen, who is parliamentary assistant to James Hirvisaari, the controversial Finns Party MP, suggested in a satirical blog post two weeks ago that foreigners in Finland should be obliged to wear identifying armbands to facilitate policing. The chair of Transparency Finland, Pentti Mäkinen, thinks that Wednesday's judgement lays the foundations for a brighter future, as the line between politics and business has been made clearer. According to the organisation, the lawsuit is a significant milestone in the Finnish debate on corruption because tough sentences send a clear message that the fight against corruption is taken seriously in this country. Last week, the District Court of Helsinki sentenced MP and former minister Ilkka Kanerva (NCP) to a 15-month suspended sentence for aggravated bribe-taking and dereliction of duty. According to Mäkinen, there is little sign of so-called street-level corruption in Finland, but problems do exist. "Problematic areas in Finland are the country's old boy networks and the lack of transparency in political decision-making especially when decisions concerning municipal-level planning are made," Mäkinen notes. In a break with the standard practice of the other parties, the Finns Party leadership meeting was partly closed to the media. This current scandal is only an isolated incident. According to Linnainmaa, the rules of the game what is suitable and what is not should be made crystal clear in all organisations. Leena Linnainmaa, Deputy Director General of Finland Chamber of Commerce doesn't believe the case will have any great effect on Finland's reputation as a country with little corruption.
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During the spring, Finland Chamber of Commerce will consider whether companies should be offered additional training on measures to combat corruption. The Helsingin Sanomat editorial suggested equally satirically that Finns Party politicians should be
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ki's judgement in the case involving the Nova Group has been praised by the Finnish chapter of the non-governmental anti-corruption organisation Transparency International. Business organisations don't subscribe to Mäkinen's interpretation without reser-
Tapani Yli-Saunamäki (left) and Arto Merisalo received custodial sentences for corruption last week.
vation. He's in complete agreement with President Sauli Niinistö, who commented on the court ruling last Wednesday, that Finland's political culture has already changed in recent years in line with the election funding debate. On Monday 23 April, Kanerva resigned his chairmanship of the Regional Council of Southwest Finland. The Confederation of Finnish Industries' head of legal matters, Hannu Rautiainen, doesn't think that many more of these types of cases will be uncovered. The implied reference to Fascism and the brown uniforms of the Naziera Germany was too much for Soini. The businessmen Arto Merisalo and Tapani Yli-Saunamäki received custodial sentences. In last year's general election the party won its all-time high with 39 seats. HELSINKI TIMES
made to wear brown shirts in public, so as to make it easier for everyone else to identify their political sympathies. Speaking at the meeting, Soini was highly critical of comments in the Helsingin Sanomat a few days earlier concerning the satirical comments by Helena Eronen. The paper's humour was in equally bad taste as Eronen's armband comments, he told journalists later, and hoped that the punishment for making the remark would be as hard as that meted out to Hirvisaari, who has been suspended from the party's parliamentary group until September due to his refusal to fire Eronen for her comments. He remains an MP, however. "In our party, those kinds of jokes carry consequences for those who make them; I don't know if that's the practice at the Helsingin Sanomat also," Soini said
· Reinforce the non-community language! Have children interact with other speakers of the language. Firstly, there are the obvious benefits: being able to speak another language, interacting with both sides of your family and experiencing both cultures as a `native'. However, the tide turned in the 1960s when the previous research was discredited due both to poor design, and to children with different abilities and situations being compared to one another. She felt that she was denied the opportunity to immerse herself in her maternal culture and that of her forefathers as well as the opportunity to learn another language: "I learnt Swedish at school just like my Finnish-speaking friends. However, there are also a number of cognitive benefits associated with bilingual children. For the first half of the twentieth century, parents who had different mother tongues were actively discouraged from teaching their children both languages. On Monday, he resigned from the board of the Regional Council of Southwest Finland.
Kanerva, who has had held numerous ministerial positions and was briefly deputy prime minister in the 1990s, received tens of thousands of euros from four businessmen seeking favourable decisions on planning matters from the regional council a number of the businessmen involved received jail sentences last week. Later on I became fluent in the language, but it was a lot of work and I didn't feel like a Finland-Swede." When she was older, her thesis research led her back into the subject of bilingualism, as did her marriage to a Frenchman and the birth of her two daughters both of whom would grow up to be bilingual. Kanerva, the longest-serving member of parliament at present, has never been far from controversy. A website accompanies the e-book and I'd like to invite parents to join me in creating a database of resources for different languages there," she concludes.
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Author Annika Bourgogne wrote from experience.
Top tips for bilingual families: · Decide on a language strategy (who speaks what to whom) for the family and stick to it! · Set realistic goals (for example, passive bilingualism, or fluent and literate in both or something in between) based on the exposure the children have to each language. This, she believes, will give parents a reference point as they attempt to navigate the minefield that is bilingualism. According to the Yle report, the small parties are less concerned about the precise number of local authorities that will be left than with the functionality of the new system. She was determined that her girls would speak both languages and not miss out, as she had. Travelling to the target country and using books, CDs and DVDs at home help. For many years it was a taboo subject, and parents were told not to teach more than one language to their child. 6
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COLUMN Yle: municipal reforms falling behind schedule
State broadcaster Yle reported on Wednesday that the four small parties in the six-party coalition government -- the Greens, the Swedish People's Party, the Christian Democrats, and the Left Alliance -- are dissatisfied with the tight schedule that has been set for the government's comprehensive programme of local government reforms. There was more to it: Finnish was spoken everywhere in the community, whereas there was only one person who was often away on business speaking French to the children. HT
Students who attend bilingual Chinese-Finnish classes at Meilahti primary school in Helsinki with their teacher.
Dragging bilingualism into the 21st century
A new guide attempts to offer parents a new angle on bilingualism.
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The MP Ilkka Kanerva (NCP) was given a 15-month suspended prison sentence for his part in a bribery case linked with the Nova Group. "There are as many bilingual experiences as there are bilinguals my aim has been to provide ideas for families, based on scientific research and the experience of other bilingual families. Do you think the sentences were justified?
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Who: Ilkka Kanerva From: Lokalahti Famous for: Being a former foreign minister who last week received a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of bribe-taking. In 2005 Marika Fingerroos, a woman who had worked as a nude model, revealed that she had received text messages from Kanerva, who was Deputy Speaker of Parliament at the time.
BILINGUALISM is becoming a more common phenomenon, particularly as globalisation continues to shrink the world and mix cultures, religions and races. She asked me why everyone was looking at her constantly, and I had to explain to her that it was because she was speaking English to me, and that was that for the next few months: I had problems getting her to speak English with me in public," says Berman. What sets Bourgogne's ebook apart from a lot of the other literature is that it is able to constantly evolve, meaning it will always be relevant. While it is true that some people still have extreme ideas about bilingualism, both good and bad, the vast majority now realise that it can only be beneficial to the children, both in the long term and during childhood. Family bilingualism can be a very exciting journey, so enjoy it!. In the same year, Kanerva resigned his ministerial position over hundreds of text messages between erotic dancer Johanna Tukiainen and himself. Since this crucial turning point, a number of positive aspects to bilingualism have been monitored and confirmed. Richard Berman, an Englishman who has lived in Helsinki for 13 years and has two bilingual daughters, agrees
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Difficulties While the benefits are becoming more and more obvious, it is not always plain sailing and Berman believes a guidebook would have helped him and his wife, particularly in more difficult situations: "I would not say that we have had that many problems raising our children as bilinguals, although I do remember one story when my oldest was about three or four years old. HT
that this word-of-mouth approach is both commonplace among bilingual families and extremely helpful: "I have never really read any literature on this subject, and have received all my information from friends with older children and from Englishschool teachers."
Ollila: Nokia will pick up by year's end
Former managing director of Nokia Jorma Ollila predicted in an interview with the Finnish commercial channel MTV3 on Tuesday 24 April that Nokia's flagging fortunes will take an upturn by the end of this year at the latest. The Minister of Public Administration and Local Government Henna Virkkunen has been heavily criticised for what many, even within the six-party coalition, see as her heavyhanded of driving through the reforms. Ollila, who is stepping down next week from Nokia's board of directors, said he had full confidence in the highly troubled company's ability to pull through. Ollila will be succeeded as the chair of Nokia's board of directors by Raimo Sailas. The government aims to radically reduce the number of local councils in Finland by the end of the current electoral term in 2015. The money was allegedly spent on Kanerva's 60th birthday celebrations in 2008. Bilinguals are often very adept at focusing on a certain task or problem at hand and ignoring everything else around them just as they make a choice as to which of their languages is useful in each situation and focus on that.
Personal experiences As a Finland-Swede who grew up in Finland without speaking the Swedish language, Bourgogne was one of those not taught one parent's mother tongue in this case her mother's. About 50 other multilingual families participated by sharing their tips and ideas about how general advice from experts works in everyday life." It is this thinking that led her to write this e-book. Creative solutions needed to be found to reinforce the exposure to the `non-community language'.
A new concept Although there has been a significant increase in scientific research, as well as a number of very useful books on the subject, Annika felt that the literature on the subject was too academic and long-winded. This led her to think along the lines of putting her own experiences on paper, in order to help those who find themselves in a similar situation to her family. · Be patient and have fun. However, as research has become more scientific and advanced, attitudes have changed and, in fact, there are now a number of confirmed benefits to speaking more than one language in childhood. The author of a soon-tobe published e-book entitled Be Bilingual, Annika Bourgogne, talks passionately about the subject and immediately mentions an interesting concept she terms `brain elasticity': "Switching
back and forth between two or more languages seems to keep the brain fit and healthy for longer." As well as the aforementioned benefits, bilingual children are also subject to thinking-related benefits such as increased creativity, the ability to think abstractly and more honed problemsolving skills. However, she soon realised that it is not as easy as each parent speaking their native language to their children. There are currently 336 local authorities nationwide. The research at the time suggested that bilingualism confused children mentally and led to them not being able to master one language, never mind two or more. In recent days Virkkunen herself has admitted that the 2015 deadline is not set in stone, and suggested that 2017 might be more realistic. Kanerva maintains his innocence and will appeal the conviction. The businessmen involved in the case received sentences of up to six years. She quickly came to realise that while recent research on the subject is coherent and helpful, a normal parent will have neither the time nor the energy to wade through reams of academic books on a regular basis. The big changes that have been made within the company will take time to bear fruit, he said, adding that it will still be some time before Stephen Elop's leadership of the company can be adequately judged. It then struck her that what people needed was a guide, rather than a set of rules: "I wanted to write an ebook from one parent to other parents who are trying to make sense of what scientific research suggests and how to make it work in practice. However, the process can be fraught and at times traumatic for those involved, so any help on the matter will always be gratefully received. However, despite the fact that it is now considered a positive aspect to one's character, it still appears to be shrouded in myth and long, drawn-out research. She has devised a concept that incorporates academic research and parents' first-hand experiences all in bite-sized and easy-to-understand sections. "She has always been good at speaking English with me, but one time we were out shopping in our local supermarket together and she noticed people were staring at her all the time
We should all consider how we act when, for instance, there's no salad left on the salad table, notes the Student
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Union of the University of Helsinki-run restaurant chain Unicafe Ab's CEO Arja Kosonen. An unforgettable journey into a cool string of Finnish success stories shall inspire and awaken the reader to new avenues.
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Families waste hundreds of euros' worth of food each year
The environmental effect of waste is as great as the harm caused by 200,000 cars.
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family of four would save around 300 euros a year if they ate all the food they throw away. The environmental effect of food waste is as great as the harm caused by 200,000 cars.
According to the study, a fifth of edible food in restaurants, cafés and at service stations was thrown in the bin. Continuous funding cuts partly necessitate this," the union heads said. For example, more use could be made of animal parts we don't currently utilise. "Universities are struggling to find a way to exist in the middle ground between the traditional university model and a more corporate approach. Vegetables, home cooking, dairy products, bread, fruit and berries are the most common produce thrown away. Move ingredients that are nearing their expiry date to the front of the shelf or fridge. The basic thesis is that there is a set of original national values and ways of doing things that have given Finland a competitive advantage in developing an enviable level of peace and sustainable prosperity. Eat food that goes off the easiest first. "We see the possibility that universities could turn from science and learning communities into commercial institutions where profit is valued more than research, degrees, learning and societal influ-
ence," said the union leaders Tapani Kaakkuriniemi and Maarit Valo during the opening speech of the unions' spring seminar, held last Friday 20 April at the Finlandia Hall. The unions also said that the recently approved new funding model for universities, which emphasises international publications over national ones and does not reward societal impact, does nothing to improve the situation. Head of the food industry group Saarioinen, Maarit Kyyrö also points out that waste produced by the industry is difficult to reduce if people don't change their consumption habits. "It is wrong that university personnel are put in a more precarious situation because of this."
An inspiring model and a few cool stories from a selfmade nation
The Finnish Miracle is a book about Finnishness and success. She thinks that attitudes have to change in such a way that an empty salad table starts to put a smile on a customer's face, as no food has had to be put in the compost bin. Freeze leftovers. Remember that food can still be fine after its best before date. The total amount of domestic food waste produced in Finland had not been studied previously. The study found the amount of waste produced domestically to be just under 400 million kilos a year. Therefore, results can't be compared directly.
Food waste in Finland totals over 400 million euros.
How to reduce your wastage of food
· · · · · · · · · · · Plan a menu for the week and buy everything in one go. All in all, almost 130 million kilogrammes of edible food a year is squandered by households measured in euros, that's just over 400 million. Households waste food more often than shops, restaurants or the food industry, says MTT Agrifood Research Finland. "Everything starts with the dinner table and what we find acceptable to eat," she says.
Create your own miracle!
More wasteful outside Finland There appears to be less wasting of food in Finland than in many other countries. Many universities have recently released their financial statements, in which several of them discuss their "operating profits", even though profit-making should not be part of their functioning. The book also introduces the Possibility Model, an inspiring roadmap towards greater personal and business success. Moreover, funding cuts may drive universities into favouring disciplines that are seen as more "productive", the two unions say.
They place some of the blame on the university reforms that gave universities more financial and administrative autonomy, which caused them to adopt managerialistic characteristics at the expense of community spirit and collegiality. In particular, waste resulted from too much food being prepared in canteens, less so as a result of food being left on plates. Think about how much food you'll be capable of eating before putting any on your plate. In Finland food is wasted at a rate of 62-86 kg per person, while in international studies the corresponding figure is often almost 200 kg. Make a shopping list. Check expiry dates in the shop. Researcher Kirsi Silvennoinen from MTT points out that producing food that's thrown away places a heavy, completely unnecessary burden on the environment. However, head of research Juha-Matti Katajajuuri emphasises that big differences are partly a consequence of different methods of calculation and measuring as well as variance in the definition of waste. The reason for this was the difficultly of estimating demand. Make use of leftovers when cooking.
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Academics' unions: Universities' traditional role undermined by corporate practices
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UNIVERSITIES risk developing
in a direction that threatens their function as educational and scientific centres, warns the Finnish Union of University Professors and the Finnish Union of University Researches and Teachers. Open a new packet only once the old one has been finished. Store foodstuffs correctly and at a suitable temperature
According to FIM, Nokia's basic phones are clumsy and awkward, sales of its Lumia range remain tame, Devices & Services almost halved its turnover compared to a year ago, and market shares crashed in Europe and China. A new information system that will soon be used by the Emergency Response Centre will be able to receive, for example, GPS location data from smart phones. In saying this though, editorial space over the weekend and at the beginning of week was used for some overlapping purposes. Similar technology is used by the eCall alarm system. The company has a great patent portfolio, which FIM estimates to be worth eight to nine billion euros. Interestingly, Pohjalainen saw things completely differently, emphasising that 10 per cent would be a "clear victory." Lastly, our man Kanerva was back in the papers on Tuesday after making the decision to quit as chair of the Regional Council of Southwest Finland. In the second round, rationality will be the deciding factor; 3. For instance, Tamperebased Aamulehti's contribution started by listing three points: "1. There are two opposing views on what a rational outcome would be." Vaasa's Pohjalainen, on the other hand, handily warned anyone off reading its editorial on the subject by giving it the thought-provoking title "Power could change hands in France". The text message service is primarily aimed at the hard of hearing and other special needs groups.
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"INVESTMENT house FIM thinks Nokia's patent portfolio is so valuable that it sets a target price of 3.90 euros for one share in the company. The EU Commission wants the latter to be compulsory in all new cars in the EU from the beginning of 2015. The Russian security agency FSB interrogated him on the premises of the factory for hours. The new information system will be shared by all the emergency authorities the police, rescue services, social and health care services and border patrol. FIM was waiting for some concrete thoughts from the company's leadership about how Nokia is planning to respond to, in particular, China's aggressive pricing, but only then it might be possible for the smart phone being used to call 112 to automatically send its GPS information to emergency response centres. Somewhat surprisingly, the first round of the French presidential elections was given a lot of attention, with countless local newspapers and even the tabloid Ilta-Sanomat getting in on the act. Nokia's earnings release wasn't successful in dispelling talk of uncertainty relating to the company's future the exact opposite, in fact. The figures are just as depressing as the picture Nokia painted in its results warning. A request has been made
for Finland to provide a comprehensive estimate of Knuuttila's behaviour,' said press officer Aleksandr Lukasevits from Russia's foreign ministry in a statement on Saturday. By
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foreign ministry is asking Finland to provide further clarification of the actions of Seppo Knuuttila, a researcher from the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), in Kingisepp near the Estonian border last week. In the future, emergency response centres will also be able to receive text messages. If nothing else, they're at least dependable!
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ACCORDING to guidebooks and Finns themselves, not a great deal happens here, so it's understandable that, after a big news story like last week's sentencing of Ilkka Kanerva (NCP) and his cohorts, the country's papers wouldn't all be talking about the same things. `This kind of application cannot be found on the internet or in mobile phones yet, but I believe that by 2015 it will be available,' says Jukka Aaltonen from the Emergency Response Centre Administration. This new information system will be taken into use by the end of 2015. `[Knuuttila's behaviour] cannot be accepted within the framework of cooperative action.' According to Russia's foreign ministry, Knuuttila left the sampling area that had
been agreed upon earlier and entered the grounds of the fertiliser factory Fosforit, where he was then arrested. However, while from a business point of view things look bad for Nokia, seen from an investor's point of view the situation is reversed, according to FIM. `The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Russian Federation has sent all its partners-in-cooperation more information about the incident. After it's in place, authorities will be able to, amongst other things, share maps and create a shared overview of a situation in the field."
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Read the new magazine at. Knuuttila was arrested two weeks ago during an official mission to collect water samples near the now infamous fertiliser factory Fosforit. In the first round, the heart of the French was to the left; 2. For Pori's Satakunnan Kansa, "it appears that an increasingly large section of those people who voted for the party are starting to understand that PS hasn't achieved anything; they've just generated some talk." The paper went on to predict a big loss for PS in October's local elections, stating that securing even 10 per cent of the vote (i.e. Russia condemns the actions of the researcher. Other than this, FIM's report is full of bad news for the
`vague assurances' were offered. He was questioned again at the Finnish-Russian border."
`The service will most likely require registration,' Aaltonen says. Because of these patents, FIM thinks Nokia is an interesting buy. Yes it could, Pohjalainen after all, that is the idea behind democratic elections! Moving on, the Finns Party's (PS) woes were discussed in light of last week's fiasco involving James Hirvisaari MP and his assistant in addition to yet another opinion poll showing the party's popularity fading. KAIJA LÄHTEENMAA
company. FIM makes a share in Nokia a purchasing recommendation and sets a target price of 3.90 euros."
Finnish researcher Seppo Knuuttila who was detained by Russian security services.
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Mobile phones' GPS could soon help save lives
"FINDING out the location of a person calling the emergency number will become easier in the near few years. Helsingin Sanomat, Oulu's Kaleva and Jyväskylä-based Keskisuomalainen all set aside space to discuss the matter, but, in true Finnish editorial-writing fashion, none of them did much more than regurgitate the facts of the matter before offering some uncontroversial conclusion. a 4.6 percentage point increase on 2008's election result) could be characterised as such when compared to the party's 19.1 per cent in last year's parliamentary elections. 8
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KAUPPALEHTI 20 April. For the investment house, Nokia's net cash and patent portfolio as well as its holdings in NSN and Navteq make one share in Nokia worth around four euros in total
However, Menkhaus said that the group has been seriously weakened by multiple military defeats at the hands of the 12,000 African Union peacekeepers in the country; and its tactic of deploying suicide bombers among the civilian population is alienating much of the group's former support base.
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US Patriot Act kept Somalia starving
When war-torn Somalia was also ravaged last year by a droughtinduced famine, which killed tens of thousands and displaced over a million people, international media was quick to blame the Islamist group Al-Shabaab for blocking humanitarian assistance from reaching its zone of control in southern Somalia.
Congress passed the Act in 2001 as part of its response to the 11 September terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and under it, anyone who provides material benefits, even if unwittingly, to a designated terrorist group, could face the most severe penalties. In reality, the US could have issued a waiver, protecting relief agencies from counter-terrorism laws; similar waivers have been issued for relief agencies in southern Lebanon and the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territories, where Hezbollah and Hamas operate respectively.
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The Programme will be coordinated by HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Hämeenlinna. It had also brought law and order to several regions torn asunder by warring gangs of warlords. Speaking in Helsinki at a seminar last week, organised by the Department of the Study of Religions at the University of Helsinki, Menkhaus said humanitarian organisations suspended food aid delivery to drought-struck areas controlled by Al-Shabaab for fear of violating the US Patriot Act.
Humanitarian groups Given that Al-Shabaab the Somali cell of the militant Islamist Al-Qaeda, fighting the Federal Transitional Government (FTG) in Somalia and controlling vast swathes of the south except the capital Mogadishu is designated a terrorist organisation by the US, humanitarian groups were fearful that an accusation of `aiding terrorists' could damage their entire organisation. The MBA degree is an internationally respected general management qualification, which enhances the skills and competences of experienced managers, but also provides a launch into a management career for more recent graduates. "There are plenty of western countries, including my own government, who would like to see the conversation stop right there and say it was all Al-Shabaab's fault." However, the other bottleneck was US policy, which "de facto criminalises any transactions in southern Somalia," he said. There is now an urgent need for pre-emptive decisions, by the US government in particular, to avoid another humanitarian catastrophe, Menkhaus said. A Somali national working with an aid agency on the ground in the south of the country, who did not want to be identified because of concern for his safety, explained that Al-Shabaab is gradually losing support as increasing
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about vappu, or May Day. The office of CEO, currently held by Stephen Elop, was paid almost 3.6 million last year, up 46 per cent.
to all holidays. I REALISED
Last year Stora Enso executives enjoyed the highest pay increases among Finland's largest companies. Over the 2008 2011 time period, their managers have been paid 1 euro for every 23 euros in corporate profit. Profit has remained relatively stable as well, averaging about 2.6 billion euros per year. CEO Kim Gran is, however, one of the lowest paid top CEOs in Finland, earning only 882,800 euros last year while his company enjoyed a 309 million euro profit. THE FIRST thing that went through your mind was probably: "Oh, great. They will explain, quietly, so as not to hurt our aching heads, how much money they made selling booze. All of these holidays promoted by different groups lost their meanings. You know: singing "L'Internationale" and listening to somebody give an eight-hour speech about the eight-hour The mistake that the work day underneath church and the com- a forest of flapping red munists and everyone flags.
LAST YEAR net income fell but executive pay increased among Finland's biggest companies. Last year they were paid some 8.2 million, a 37 per cent increase from the prior year. In 2008 and 2009 the company lost about 1.5 billion euros. Instead, the custom is to drink a bottle of Koskenkorva, fall out of a boat, and get hypothermia.
about students getting very, very drunk and putting sailor hats on inanimate objects. It would be like that day when anyone could sell food without a licence, Restaurant Day, but only with more fights and vomiting. Think about it. 12
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falling to less than 300 million last year.
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else made was forget- BUT EVEN vappu lost ting that holidays are its meaning due to alcohol. No. In 2010 they were paid slightly under 2 million euros, which jumped to 2.8 million last year. C O R D HEL SINKI TIMES
Low-paid bankers Since the financial crisis "greedy bankers" has practically become a mantra, but executives at Nordea are, proportional to the income they help generate, the lowest paid managers of any large company listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. I PROPOSE a holiday where, for one day and one day only, the Alko monopoly is broken. I envisage people setting up wine bars on sidewalks and selling homemade martinis in parks. So I propose a new holiday based solely upon alcohol. When we all wake up with terrible hangovers after Alcohol Day, we will wonder why all those people who don't drink are driving brand-new Ferraris. In 2010 top managers at the forestry concern took home 6.8 million euros. Changes in management often entail higher expenses, as the old executive is entitled to severance pay while the new one is granted signing bonuses. You could buy wine from a supermarket, vodka from a gas station, and even beer from that weird neighbour you have who looks away whenever you smile at him. As goals might stretch over several years, and bonuses are normally delayed after goals are reached, yearly earnings and management pay typically don't move in tandem.
YOU SEE, the mistake that the church and the communists and everyone else made was forgetting that holidays are only about alcohol. Tyres, planes and phones On the other end of the scale are the executives at Nokia Tyres, who are, proportional to their company's income, the highest paid Finnish managers. We don't dance around a Maypole on Midsummer, like some postcard from the Finnish Tourism Board. Armed with this forbidden knowledge, I devised a new holiday, a holiday which will rejuvenate our economy and make us as rich as Swedes. Executives at Wärtsilä had the next highest pay increase during 2011. Presumably, the great increase in executive pay is due to the impressive rebound in the corporation's business. Jouko Karvinen, Stora Enso's CEO, saw his pay go from 1.7 million euros in 2010 to 4.3 million last year.
Stora Enso has drastically changed its financial position. Jouko Karvinen, Stora Enso's CEO, saw his pay go from 1.7 million to 4.3 million last year.
that no matter what we try, a day to celebrate something eventually becomes devoted to booze. Instead we eat little pastries dripping in rum. Top managers' pay at Nordea has remained fairly constant over the past four years at about 6 million euros. Top executives are typically compensated with a mixed passage which includes a fixed base salary, fringe benefits, pensions and bonuses. What do you remember most about Christmas. In 2011 their remuneration jumped 127 per cent to over 15.3 million euros. Other goals might include reaching certain levels of share price, return on equity, or increases in sales or profit. Over the past four years, on average, Finnish executives are paid 1 euro for every 105 euros in corporate net income. The CEO's salary was largely unchanged, though, at about 780,000 euros. Fortum managers also work relatively cheaply, considering the average ratio between corporate earnings and executive pay. Nokia has went from a 3.9 billion euro profit in 2008 to a 1.5 billion loss last year. We will suddenly be inundated with capitalist role models, and thus vow to start our own businesses so we can have Ferraris, too.
Björn Rosengren, CEO of Wärtsilä.
Big raises Last year Stora Enso executives enjoyed the highest pay increases among Finland's largest companies. For my holiday, every store is allowed to stay open, except one: Alko. Over the past four years managers at the utility have been paid 1 euro for every 334 euros in profit. Cord firstname.lastname@example.org The writer is a journalist and columnist for Helsinki Times. We don't sit around on Runeberg Day and recite his poetry to each other. (Those are student caps. A large proportion of that was from higher pay to the offices of CEO and Deputy CEO. Yet another day when every freaking store is closed and I end up eating something furry I found in the refrigerator." No. Early in 2011 CEO Ole Johansson announced his retirement from Wärtsilä, and Björn Rosengren took his place. He is also a private investor with over ten years of experience.
Vappu and capitalism
AFTER seven years in Finland, I've finally discovered the secret to Finnish holidays: alcohol. Bonuses normally consist of payments for reaching long-term and short-term goals. Yes, anyone could sell alcohol at any price. The bonuses at Finnair have caused widespread anger, with executives being paid 3.3 million euros, including a 2.8 million "loyalty bonus" while the airline's loss widened from 23 million euros in 2010 to 88 million in 2011. Anyway, it eventually became a holiday to celebrate workers' rights. A good reason for this might be the health of the mobile phone company. Nokia managers took home the lowest pay in the last four years only 8.4 million euros. On average, the fifteen largest firms listed on the Helsinki stock exchange had profits decrease by 10.8
Kim Gran, CEO of Nokia Tyres.
per cent but executive pay increase 14.5 per cent. At Nordea, though, managers are paid 1 euro for every 419 euros in net income. Earnings at the power plant manufacturer have been largely flat, hovering just under 400 million euros from 2008 2010 but
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2011: Profits down but executive pay up
Finnish executives had their pay increase last year, but corporate profits have declined.
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Accel Partners, whose past investments include Rovio, Facebook and Groupon, led the round. "It is a wacky tactical combat game you can play against other players," Paananen says. Kevin Comolli, one of the partners in the London office of Accel, joined the Supercell board of directors. The game has some really fun strategic challenges to it with a very original look and feel. I think players will be laughing and shouting when they try Battle Buddies, and will have a lot of fun playing that against other people." Paananen's enthusiasm for his work is evident: not only is he excited about what the company has already achieved, he also has high praise for the team.
"I've been in the games industry for a long time and have worked with lots of different folks, but this is hands down the best group of people I've ever worked with," he says. They quickly got the company running and developed their first game, Gunshine, and hit the ground running. "2011 was a great year for Supercell," says CEO Ilkka Paananen. "And what's most exciting of all, it is still very early days for Supercell. I just saw a study by Gartner which predicted 665 million tablets by 2016. "Now, with a larger screen, you can create different controls and actions with not just a single touch but two, three, and
four finger swiping gestures that open up a range of fun, new ways you can interact with a game."
Battle Buddies The next eagerly-awaited news from Supercell is its new game, Battle Buddies, which will be available early this year on touch devices like the iPad and iPhone. Each member of their core team has over ten years of experience in the industry, and combined they have shipped more than 165 games on 12 different platforms. HELSINKI TIMES HELSINKITIMES
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DAV I D J . "They all have fantastic international track-records in their field of expertise. "They are very experienced, very smart, very creative, but above all else, they are just fun, cool, super nice people. "We believe the tablet is the ultimate platform for games, and like any platform, the best experiences will always be designed from the
ground up to support it," explains Paananen. Once we feel good about the core gameplay, we turn our sights on the unique qualities of the tablet platform its amazing display capabilities, larger screen, and touch user interface." Paananen points out that people expect an even higher level of quality for almost anything they do on a tablet, so Supercell invests heavily in polishing the graphics and final experience with the goal of exceeding those expectations. "We enthusiastically share their conviction regarding the opportunity to develop a new category of online games." Paananen is pleased about Supercell's investors,
Tablet games One of the most intriguing aspects of Supercell's plans include aiming at tablet computers as a gaming platform. "It was the year we built the basic foundation of the business, both in terms of the people and the core technology. I cannot wait to see everything that we will be able to achieve together with the team that we've put together!"
Founded: June 2010 Founders: Niko Derome, Visa Forsten, Mikko Kodisoja, Lassi Leppinen, Ilkka Paananen and Petri Styrman Described as: "A small elite task force, with plans and ambitions that outstrip their size, but not their abilities." Big hit: Gunshine Funding: seed undisclosed, $12 million in Series A in 2011 Staff: 45 Headquarters: Helsinki Website: www.supercell.net
The next news from Supercell is its new game, Battle Buddies.
This page is provided by Greater Helsinki Promotion.. We are very proud of the investors we have in Supercell, and have enjoyed working with them." With this firm financial footing, Supercell began developing three more games during the summer of 2011. C O R D
2011, the Finnish gaming industry was surprised to learn that a tiny, eight month-old company was already releasing its first game. "Later in the year, we started preparing to open up an office in the US," continues Paananen. "The investors we have onboard bring in an incredible amount of value, in terms of their expertise, contact network and other things," he says. "This process was completed early this year when we hired Greg Harper, a game industry veteran, to head our office there. "Our first focus is still to make sure the core gameplay experience is fun and can stand on its own before we layer on all the other trimmings that make up a final game. Given most of these users will want to play games on them, the opportunity for companies who are focused on the tablet platform is just massive. For this game, we developed a line drawing interface, meaning that you move your characters by drawing on the screen, which is something we do not believe has been done in this game genre before. "We are thrilled to be investors in Supercell and to be working with this incredibly talented and experienced team," Comolli said. "Tablets allow you to go even further with some of the core features available on smartphones, such as the wonderful touch user interface," he says. The shocks kept coming: not only was the game a hit, but three months later the company received a significant $12 million investment. Now, we have a small group working from our office in San Francisco, which has been terrific."
Ilkka Paananen, CEO of Supercell.
Major investors Much of Supercell's expansion is due to a major round of funding, with $12 million invested by Accel Partners, London Venture Partners and Klaas Kersting, the founder of the German gaming company Gameforge. Yet they still had ambitious plans for expansion. We started the year with six founders wedged into a small office in Espoo, and eventually moved into our current offices in the High Tech Center in Ruoholahti, where our team is now 45 people."
which also include Initial Capital, Cerval Investments and Lifeline Ventures. "You control five quirky characters and position them against your opponent's team. Increasingly, companies are competing in a global marketplace, and having strong international investors help us tremendously. Supercell is a young company, but it is not run by novices
"The boats will sail upstream all the way to Martinsilta [St. The current co-operation between Helsinki and Turku remains productive, Akkanen says. In 2012, Turku celebrates a minor setback, the sea and cultural traditions.
"Water and the sea define Turku," states Kimmo Hyyppä, an event co-ordinator in Turku. Various lectures and exhibitions have been organised for the history buff. While the tall ships will not be in Turku in 2012, it is possible to admire the powerful naval vessels from the 1940-1960s, the torpedo boats. Currently, some 50,000 of the region's population of 250,000 own a leisure boat while the region's vacationers glide on the waters in rowboats. Fittingly, summer is celebrated in Turku in various formal and informal events. Embracing the diversity of European street culture, the series of festivities combines music, dance, art, theatre, workshops and sports. "Such events are held regularly in Turku and seem to gain popularity year by year, and thus expectations for this year are also high." The River Port will be the venue of festivities in early June. Restaurants and cafés extend their verandas towards the soothing ripple of the river, which attracts many to the riverbanks. Cherishing the legacy of the Turku 2011 Foundation that coordinated the happenings of the European Capital of Culture year, the Aura River Network looks to continue Turku's rich cultural tradition and transform Turku into a national heritage area. 14
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The Aura River brought Carl Johan Bernadotte to the heart of Turku, and the river, its banks and restaurant ships are still the venue of many a formal and informal celebration. Co-ordinated by the city and planned and organised by the area's business owners, the opening of the River Port signals the start of the summer and
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Turku, as the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland, was the stage of power politics as Emperor Alexander I and the adopted Crown Prince of Sweden, Carl Johan Bernadotte, also a decorated marshal of Napoleon's regime, struck a pact in August 1812. After 1812, Turku did remain the largest and most vibrant city in Finland for a few decades and is still unique for its rich history. "It was certainly a minor setback for Turku," muses Mika Akkanen, the manager of international affairs of Turku, while assuring that the anniversary of the momentous event is celebrated in good spirits although the atmosphere may be a tad different from that in Helsinki. www.turku.fi
"is simply a fun event," promises Hyyppä. Similarly stemming from the success of 2011, the street festival Eurocultured, which brought together over 300 artists from more than ten European countries, will return to Turku. This page is provided by the City of Turku.. According to the agreement, Sweden agreed to drop its ambitions to re-annex Finland, which had been ceded to Imperial Russia in 1809. "The aim is to expand and develop our activities for the coming years. "Many in Turku were drawn to culture last year, and we hope to foster this enthusiasm. In addition, the Swan Regatta will be held in Turku for the second time. "A number of our productions transcend the language barrier," Saarinen says. Petersburg, we are the population and culture centres of the Baltic Sea." Despite the setback, Turku is preparing to celebrate and shed light on the momentous events of 1812 in late August as "the climax of summer," says Akkanen. The Aura River Network was founded in December 2011, and Saarinen admits that 2012 is a trial year, in many senses. The famed Turku Boat Yard, meanwhile, crafted many of the world's old luxury boats. Meanwhile, families can enjoy the re-enactment of the crucial meeting, composed by professor Timo Soikkanen and author Harri Raitis, and performed at authentic locations in the heart of Turku. The Swan Regatta is organised 16-19 August, while the history of the Swan yachts is on display throughout August on the deck of the legendary full-rigged ship, Suomen Joutsen.
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Restaurant ships on the Aura River.
Perhaps most notably, Turku is known for its Tall Ships Regattas. "According to surveys, many would welcome a second successive culture year in Turku," says Katariina Saarinen, the marketing coordinator of the network. "Currently, we are planning the programme from May to September, the aim of which is to further vitalise the river banks." Saarinen says that the programme will include something truly novel and spectacular, as well as crowd favourites from 2011: "For example, Colourscape will be reinstalled at the Kupittaa Park, probably in July." The immensely popular labyrinth of colours, composed of roughly a hundred chambers, allows visitors to walk through, enjoy the occasional music performance or simply admire the intense jubilee of light. The banks of the river have been inhabited for at least 6,000 years.
Turku is a summer city. For that we invite everyone to take part." The summer programme is published. The Aura River splits the heart of the city, its verdant banks basking in the sunlight. "Together with Stockholm and St. The shipbuilding industry of the region is responsible for the world's largest luxury cruise ships and provides employment for "tens of thousands during the busy season," says Hyyppä. Visit www.jåfest.fi for more information.
Marketing coordinator Katariina Saarinen (left) and producer Ulla Bergström of the Aura River Network.
Summer à by theTurku la Aura River. Indeed, water is an ubiquitous element of Turku and has defined the city's culture, economy and people throughout history. Accordingly, many of the city's events revolve around water: the Baltic Sea, the lower reaches of the Aura River, and boats and ships. Seasonal celebrations
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A view of the Aura River. "The play is based on facts: we know what was discussed and how, but some drama and romance has been added," Akkanen says.
The pact is celebrated 23-26 August in the Turku City Library, the universities and the Turku Cathedral. In addition, the port of Turku is among the busiest in the country, with substantial daily flows of cargo and people. The effects of the pact soon resonated throughout Europe: Napoleon's ambitions crumbled, the continuity of the Swedish Throne was secured, the tradition of neutrality in Sweden was initiated and Helsinki was named the capital of Finland. "In Turku, we recognise that Helsinki was made only the temporary capital of Finland," he says. "This year, we are trying to get the minesweeper Katanpää as the main attraction." Perhaps most notably, Turku is recognised for its Tall Ships Regattas, which are massive international events and attract around 500,000 visitors each time. Martin's Bridge] to the heart of the city," says Hyyppä. Last year was unique in all respects, and we believe that the success of 2011 means that Turku will be recognised as a city of culture in the future also." In principle, the network organises and produces various events in the river's proximity
No referral is required. The tax incentives aiming to invigorate entrepreneurship include deductions for R&D costs, extended write-offs and lighter taxation for investments. Only a strong and determined economic policy can assure that our central government debt stays within controllable limits.
THE GOVERNMENT gathering for the outcome of negotiations on 22 March between the ruling parties was successful. That is why we have to keep our national economy as stable and as healthy as possible. It is also unlikely that the Finnish spending habits will change after the increase of VAT. The situation will be revised at short intervals. Teija Ahlman, a spokeswoman for Valmet Automotive, the Finnish assembler that is to begin turning out the B2 this year in a plant northwest of Helsinki, described it as a `kind of Ferrari.' She quickly added, `There are not so many Ferraris on Finland's streets..."
Creator Linus Torvalds has been chosen as one of two recipients of the Millennium Technology Prize. The measures will take effect gradually during the parliamentary term. Nokia's 94 percent share-price plunge from its 2000 peak has left thousands of engineers looking for work now that Nokia is curtailing local development and moving production to Asia. The real change in prices will actually be quite low. Economic growth, growing businesses, new employment, decreasing youth unemployment and longer working careers are crucial to our survival. www.eirahospital.fi
to savings measures, the government wanted to make serious attempts to raise youth employment levels. Also laboratory and X-ray services are available. The spending limits for the parliamentary term 2012-2015 were revised and updated. Nokia's share of gross domestic product probably shrank to 0.8 percent in 2011 from as high as 4 percent in 2000, according to Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö, an economist at Helsinki-based researcher ETLA. Torvalds was named a 2012 laureate by the Technology Academy of Finland for his creation and ongoing contributions to the open-source operating system. The financial troubles in the European economic area are far from being over. The goal To everybody's relief, is to encourage companies to provide emthe government was ployment for Finnish able to maintain its people and to make new investments. The most important goal is to stop the incurring of national debt. It has been gratifying to see that all of the ruling parties have shown willingness, flexibility and adaptability to reach a consensus on the difficult economical matters.
EIRA Laivurinkatu 29, 00150 Helsinki. New modifications will ensure favourable conditions for economic growth. You can choose your own general practitioner or specialist doctor and book appointments flexibly, without queues. When paradise ends, though, the consequences are brutal. The consensus between the ruling parties showed that the government is committed to taking responsible actions and to making hard decisions in order to reduce the central government debt-to-GDP ratio by the year 2015. VALUE added tax will increase by one percentage point.
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ly aligned with a single company, there can be wonderful highs. By the end of this year, Nokia's Finnish staff will have fallen 40 percent in six years, according to the Economy Ministry..."
it would deploy 10 soldiers to monitor a shaky ceasefire in Syria, but military officers voiced concern that the UN observer mission was ill-defined and risky. To everybody's relief, the government was able to maintain its responsible grip on the economy. Successful negotiations are also a clear demonstration of the broad-based government's ability to function even in difficult and politically sensitive situations. Two of them, officers belonging to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation in the Middle East, are expected in Damascus in the coming days, UNTSO chief Lieutenant-Colonel Jukka Honkanen said..."
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The issue is still hotly debated but I believe that it will not have a negative impact on economic growth. Raising the level of work-income deductions is considered to be the most efficient tool to achieve this. On the other hand, the rise in value added tax will raise a considerable amount of money for government coffers.
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Hard but responsible decisions
A FEW weeks ago Jyrki Katainen's government set the
Finnish economy on the right course. Since Finland is an export-oriented economy, Europe's situation has a strong impact on our national economy. IT IS IMPORTANT that the parliament and the government are both committed to staying within the set spending limits. The cuts made during the first ten months of its term have already climbed up to five billion euros. THE AGREEMENT was based on the need to adjust to the current economic situation. For example, the price of a carton of milk will rise less than one cent. HELSINKI TIMES
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the Finns welcome Russian investment, like the decision to build the Marussia B2 sports car here, no one expects it to become a big seller in Finland.
Asked which cars the B2 will compete against, Denis Muravlev, a Marussia spokesman in Moscow, replied by e-mail, `If we compare prices, it would be the
Porsche 911 Carrera.' The base price of that car is about $80,000 (60,000 euros) in the United States. Appointments (09) 1620 570. orthopedics, eye laser surgery, plastic surgery and gynecology. It will assure that public debt starts to decrease.
yard recently held the keellaying of the double-ended ferry for Suomen Lauttaliikenne Oy (Finferries). responsible grip on THE GOVERNMENT also wants to encourage citizens to work by making it more profitable. In 2000, Nokia was the world's dominant cell-phone manufacturer
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Questions about pregnancy or any intended pregnancy are forbidden by the Finnish Equality Act. Just avoid the common pitfalls of clumsy use of flashy video effects, poor articulation, excess length and background noise, and you could be a shoo-in.
Kyla (32) from the US 1) I looked on the internet site mol.fi which is an employment website. They are so popular, that clichés have already developed and parodies spawned. "Within the creative industries, however, video CV is a sound way to display your professional skills, and thus the quality of the video is also worth investing in." "There's no need to reiterate the content of the paper CV, as it is still usually attached to the application. "Once both parties have seen each other's videos, meeting becomes so much easier", Narkiniemi says. A web search will result in an abundance of advice, while video hosting services accommodate tens of thousands of attempts. 2) In what sector do you work. 3) Have you found it difficult to find employment. In addition, according to this law on equality between men and women, no job applicant can be discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy. However, to genuinely impress, you may need more than the standard web-cam and a paper CV to read from. Therefore always ask the employer to enter into a written employment contract with you.
In a job interview, can employers ask about my religion or if I plan to start a family?
There are some questions which must not be asked by an interviewer. 3) Yes, there is a different system in place here compared to the US when applying for jobs 4) When applying for a job always check the company's website first! Thomas (21) from Germany 1) The best way to look for work is to use the internet and word of mouth! 2) I work in Linnanmäki amusement park. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org The next installment will be published in the next Working Life-themed issue on 30 August. 3) Yes it's hard as there are a lot of legal requirements. "For the recently graduated with perhaps little or no work experience, video is the perfect way to introduce yourself and to improve your chances. 2) I am a part-time lifeguard. Leaving aside the parodies, the most commended video CVs online are not just lists of skills, experience and
Application process Overall, technology has affected the way we apply for positions. Learn more about the working life in Finland at www.työelämään.fi/english. Instead of the often-unimaginative CVs and cover letters, "applicants are seen in terms of what we like to call applicant IDs", Narkiniemi says. 2) I don't work at the moment because I'm a student. 3) In the beginning I found it hard and wanted to give up, but you just have to keep looking. It transforms the standard one-dimensional application to an individualised showcase for skills, personality and motivation. 18 2619 25 2 MAY 2012 18 APRIL APRIL 2012
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hobbies, but rather concise introductions, the function of which is to stir interest and to leave an impression.
Helsinki Times asks...
1) How do you look for work in Finland. If you feel at the interview that you cannot avoid replying to an unacceptable question, for example about starting a family, you need not worry about the reliability of your answer. 4) My best advice for jobseekers is to be patient, and prepared to do jobs that you don't like. But to a degree, a video CV may function as an additional sieve before interviews." On the other hand, employers are similarly encouraged to create video profiles describing their companies and the positions offered. That's a very useful site to find a suitable job here in Finland. If you want to be a waitress you must have a hygiene pass it's quite strict here. However, an employment contract in writing is beneficial for both the employee and the employer: with a written contract, you can always check on the terms that have been agreed upon. With an oral contract this will not be possible. Instead, you should emphasise your character and small details and remember to customise the video for the opening in question," she advises. "And it is certainly the future - although not for every field." "It is an opportunity to display your skills, to showcase your personality in a unique way, and even to rely on expressions deemed banal or clichéd on paper", she explains, referring to such hackneyed expressions as `positive' or `outgoing'. Video CVs can be particularly valuable for those seeking employment in the service sector, "or anywhere where interaction or visual skills are needed", says
Narkiniemi. According to Paula Narkiniemi, communications and marketing manager of JustRecruitMe, the video CV is first and foremost an op-
portunity to introduce yourself. 4) What kind of tips would you give jobseekers?
A video CV may be that missing ingredient which might convince a prospective employer to take you on.
The video CV can be a window to your personality.
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VIDEO CV is the buzzword in today's labour market. Pros and cons For immigrant applicants whose applications may be unjustly binned due to concerns over language proficiency, video CV may help overcome such stumbling blocks. "Nowadays, people are used to shaky camera-work," she adds, indicating that employers are capable of seeing past the exterior. "By no means is paper redundant; it is still part of the process. Nevertheless, if it is agreed upon orally or electronically, the employer must, in addition, provide written clarification of the main terms of employment if the tenure of the contract exceeds one month. Answers are provided by the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK) in cooperation with Helsinki Times.
Do I need to have a written employment contract before starting a new job?
It is always best to draw up the employment contract in writing. Similarly, the lack of education may not be decisive if you successfully display your character and enthusiasm on video." Indeed, a well-made video CV will leave a positive impression; a bad one may hamper your chances, or may even be embarrassing if uploaded to any of the world's major video hosting services. "In Finland, the employer can't demand a video CV, just as they can't demand a photo attached to a paper CV," Narkiniemi says. "But I can't see them used by construction workers." With the increase of point-and-shoot cameras and laptops equipped with webcams, the Internet is teeming with video CVs. It will be worth it in the long run! Erica (25) from the US 1) I would use the employment websites because that's the way you do it in Finland. This is not how it's done here, you should apply online!
Compiled by Kassandra Guy and Leanne Sullivan.
Ask about working life
In this series, Helsinki Times readers can submit questions about working life in Finland. Try it The key to a successful video CV is "the clarity of the message," states Narkiniemi. 4) Don't walk into a company when seeking employment. In addition, concerns over video CVs as facilitators of gender, racial or age discrimination have emerged abroad to the degree that some employers refuse to accept video CVs. They include questions about an applicant's religion or political affiliation, or if she or he has children or plans to have children
According to Pahkin, management are also responsible for ensuring that intermediate-level supervisors have sufficient information to answer any questions their subordinates may have.
Recipe for successful communications · Transparency is important keep to the truth. · Be consistent.
Source: Krista Pahkin, Researcher, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
AMID demands for internationalisation, English is muscling into the Finnish labour market and is recognised, not only as the administrative language of many a company, but also as a language of general communication. But if you're not an acrobat, you can use your feet," Gérard elaborates. "Still, I think it's good to initiate Finns to speak other languages more, and I'm not talking only about English, but also German and French or whatever."
Language of science Meanwhile, English has increased its foothold in education research results are communicated and textbooks are often printed in English. However, the study indicated that employees often feel that the management is distant and cannot be reached for discussion. When changes are made to an employee's or team's tasks, each employee must have the chance to participate in discussions on the new work tasks. Indicating the increase in demand for English service, in September 2011, Yle reported that a spa hotel in Saimaa, Eastern Finland had adopted English as its official language.
Some restaurant workers in Finland get by using English alone the customer may not speak Finnish either.
"I don't think the language you speak matters. · Do not try to make the future look brighter than it actually is. The dominance of English is not only a concern for the Institution of the Languages of Finland, but al-
so for university staff. Group discussions about the changes can also be arranged," says Pahkin.
International study Whether it is a question of a merger, downsizing or outsourcing, well-implemented communications are key factors of a successful organisational change. Employees who felt in control of their lives also viewed the organisational change in a positive light in more cases.
changes, those attending may be in a state of shock and find it hard to take in what has been said. "Individual employees must have the opportunity to discuss the changes with their supervisor or with an occupational healthcare nurse or doctor, for example. · Do you have a suggestion for a topic that you would like to see featured in the upcoming issues?
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Understanding service "Good morning, how may I help you?" sounds the greeting at the charming Latte Café in central Turku. So is it possible to find work here if you don't speak Finnish or Swedish?
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changes at the workplace may affect employees' mental health for many years. "And I can say 99 per cent of the people are okay with English. "I knew something would turn up I was ready to wash dishes," Bergen counters, reminding us that language skills alone do not determine your employment prospects. The use of English has definitely increased, confirms David Bergen, a lecturer at the Department of English of the University of Turku, reflecting on his 35 years of experience at the university. The management of the company or organisation is regarded as the face of the changes and the party responsible. "It depends on what the person can do and on the general employment situation. "In order to implement a change successfully, some channel must be provided for employees to pass on their views to the managers. Luckily, a friend of mine knew somebody who had a private language school and I got a job there to begin with. Employees' personal resources can protect them against mental health problems. The risk of mental health problems for employees who felt that the change was negative was 1.5 times higher than for those employees who had neutral feelings about the change. According to a study by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, this is especially the case if the employee feels that the change is negative. Information about the change must be available in many forms and it must also be repeated. "The withering of Finnish terminology is a threat and a genuine problem," admits Nummela. "If all the employers are Finns, English is restricted to an administrative language and the language of documents, while Finnish is the language of emails and socialising." Furthermore, the presence of English is evident in the popular tourist destinations of Lapland, Eastern Finland and Helsinki. The owner of the establishment, who introduces himself as Gérard, is originally from West Africa and moved to Finland six years ago, with no knowledge of Finnish or Swedish. HELSINKI TIMES HELSINKI TIMES
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Successful organisational change requires interaction.
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Working in English
In Finland, and particularly in the Helsinki region, it is more and more common to hear English spoken in workplaces we hear it in bars and restaurants, IT companies and even construction sites. However, for the Finnish job-seeker, English alone is no longer an asset: "You now have to know other languages in addition to it." Whether English is embraced comprehensively within a company is another matter altogether, Nummela explains that depends on the composition of the work community. This was one of the findings of an international study in which the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health participated. The employees could have good suggestions regarding the process, which might not otherwise come to light," Pahkin says. Over 6,500 employees participated in the study. The study investigated the effects of a merger on employees in a forest industry group during a period of over five years. The holiday resorts of Northern Finland have long attracted an international array of seasonal workers, whereby the language of communication is often English. According to the study, a negative view of the organisational change was a predictive factor for mental health problems over a period of five years in employees with no previous mental health problems. Therefore, the information must be provided again, for example in writing, and the details of the people who can supply additional information must also be provided," says Krista Pahkin, Researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. Some of the employees who remain in an organisation that is undergoing changes may also be in danger," explains Ari Väänänen, Adjunct Professor at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. I don't know if English would have much to do with it not knowing Finnish is obviously a problem."
Have your say
· What did you think of the topics in this Working Life themed issue. Then, I got other jobs little by little and finally got my foot into the university." With immigration policy a barely recognised concept at the time in Finland, surely moving seemed a daunting task. "It is not only losing your job that puts your health at risk. People who understand others won't have problems," he says. No longer exclusively the language of multinational, or otherwise internationally oriented corporations and universities, English is increasingly used also on construction sites and in restaurants, shipyards and hotels. "Some 20 per cent of the personnel in Finland are employed at companies in foreign ownership where the language of reporting is inevitably not Finnish," says professor Niina Nummela of the Turku School of Economics. "If there is a briefing to provide information on the
Participate in discussions Employees must also be given the opportunity to have a say in the implementation of the changes. No problems.". "Different departments have their own English programmes, and people are taught to do their science, so to speak, in English." Bergen originally moved to Finland in 1971 with no Finnish skills and "no idea what I would do. Communications must be more than just distribution of information. "There is a saying in my country that if you go to a country and people walk on their heads, you should walk on your head too
May Day is International Worker's Day celebrated as such in over 80 countries though in recent years it has become more and more a student celebration in Finland. I knew there was something fishy in the offer because the price was too low.
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· Suomenlinna is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands Kustaanmiekka, Susisaari, Iso-Mustasaari, PikkuMustasaari, Länsi-Mustasaari and Långören. It's a Unesco world heritage site and they're constantly renovating and improving the island.
Exploring Finnish idioms
In this weekly series, Helsinki Times looks at a common idiom in the Finnish language.
Robin DeWan loves the exotic location of Suomenlinna.
Direct English translation: To have a dog buried here. What is special about your neighbourhood?
Suomenlinna is really the oldest remaining part of Helsinki and so much was put into building it across distinct time periods. The general responsibility for the fortification work was given to Augustin Ehrensvärd. Ona Siurua, a Helsinki native studying journalism, says, "I'm going to go see Mantan lakitus [the capping of Havis Amanda], because I've missed it for the past couple of years. Meaning: There's more going on here than meets the eye in most cases, something peculiar. Originally from Oulu, Juha Tynkkynen reckons his partying days are over. The Nordic Arts Centre was established on the island in the mid-1980s.. · Early representations of Walburga, who was canonised on 1 May 890, show her carrying stalks of grain, which is possibly a link to the old Pagan concept of the Grain Mother. That's reflected in the unique architectural styles. Similar to how the word "fishy" is used in English. Students, or groups of former students, may be allotted an area in the park where they set up a tent and enjoy a slightly more formal meal with a lavish picnic laid out on white tablecloths. Helsinki Times brings you the rough guide to vappu.
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Suomenlinna is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands just a 15-minute ferry ride from the Helsinki Market Square.
is approaching and the Finnish festival of vappu is upon us again. After this, vappu has officially begun. Vappu is the day when lukio (high school) alum-
A fortress of culture
ROBIN DEWAN is a didgeridoo player originally from the United States who resides on Suomenlinna island in Helsinki, a 15-minute ferry ride away from the Market Square.
ment of Helsinki University where I studied it brings back some nice memories." As a leftist, or socialist, celebration of workers and workers' rights, vappu still features processions through the city by various unions and leftwing political groups on 1 May, though the militancy of the late 1960s and early 1970s has mellowed over the years the event is now primarily a student celebration. What do you like about your neighbourhood. Recently, a new cultural center showcasing the abundant output of the island's craftspeople, artists, and musicians has opened up. Example: Tiesin, että tarjouksessa oli koira haudattuna, sillä hinta oli ihan liian alhainen. 20
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ni wear the traditional white cap. "I'm meeting some friends in Kaivopuisto for some food and a little sparkling wine. Suomenlinna is a historical island fortress dating from the mid-18th century. What kind of neighbourhood is it. I've lived there for seven years now. I really love the exotic location, the architecture, the views, and the nature all around. For most, though, the enjoyment comes from catching up with old friends, enjoying the live music and perhaps recovering from the previous evening's excesses. I still keep an eye out for the kids from the Agriculture Depart-
So where does vappu come from
· Vappu, or Walpurgis Day, is named for the eighthcentury English missionary Saint Walburga, who converted the Pagan Germans of Bavaria to Christianity. May Day celebrations in Finland generally start on 30
April at 6 pm, with students in party mood placing a traditional white students' cap on the head of the Havis Amanda statue on Esplanadi. Conditions in the camp were appalling, with many deaths due to malnutrition and Spanish flu. From there I'll go and see my friends and, if the weather is nice, as I hope it will be, we'll go to some park to celebrate. Walburga's saint day is celebrated in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Plus, it's very well kept so the walkways, parks and open spaces are really beautiful. · The tradition of lighting bonfires, particularly in rural areas, may also be seen as a throwback to a centuries-old tradition of witches meeting on May Day a time at the start of spring when the devil was said to roam the earth.
In this fortnightly series, Helsinki Times has a chat with different people about the places they live in. The fact that there are few cars and dramatic landscapes at every turn is really inspiring. Not the most traditional way to spend vappu, but definitely going to be fun nevertheless," says Ilkka Dahl, a Law student from Rovaniemi. If not, we will have to find some place indoors like last year." Groups of friends gather early, spread their blankets and enjoy sima (sweet mead), sparkling wine and good food. It's the ultimate picnic spot with frequent ferry connections. It's called Café Jääkellari. Other things you would like HT readers to know about your neighbourhood.
Suomenlinna is a very popular destination for tourists and locals alike, especially in the summer. These caps are most visible during the May Day picnics held in the town parks, with Kaivopuisto and Kaisaniemi parks being the most popular in Helsinki, and the yellower the cap the older the `student'. · Suomenlinna was turned over to civilian administration in 1973 and became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1991. · The Swedish crown commenced the construction of the fortress in 1748 as protection against Russian expansionism. Many former activists remember their student days and enjoy leftist songs of the 70s played on radio stations.
Read what to eat and drink during vappu on page 23 and opening times and transport times on page 31.
neighbourhood that you would like to promote. Careful with those icy winds in the winter though - they've been known to freeze your tongue to the roof of your mouth!
How long have you lived in Suomenlinna. · After the Finnish Civil War the camp was used by the victorious Whites to hold Red prisoners. After New Year's and Midsummer's, vappu is perhaps the biggest of Finland's non-religious festivals. I remember the wild student parties, but I'll be back to work on Wednesday, so nothing too crazy. "I'm going to begin the night at my friend's house party and we'll continue to a club from there. Explore different areas of Helsinki and its surroundings with a local guide!
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Students in their thousands, many wearing the traditional white cap, on Helsinki's Esplanadi after Havis Amanda has been capped on the eve of vappu.
One of the biggest celebrations in Finland, vappu, or May Day, happens next Tuesday
The survey showed also that the proportion of HSL customers who are satisfied with metro, tram, and bus services has increased. The metro will be running for 2 hours longer than usual into the night, and local trains will be running throughout the night. The popularity of public transport can also be seen in rising passenger numbers.
According to a customer survey carried out in autumn 2011, HSL transport services scored an average of 4 out of 5. The questionnaires can be answered in Finnish, Swedish, or English.
May Day additional services and route changes
Monday 30 April is May Day Eve, or vappuaatto, and HSL services will be running on the Friday schedule. The aim is that Helsinki internal route numbers will remain mainly the same as at present. The metro users covered by the survey were particularly pleased with the speed and reliability of the service. On the other hand, the introduction of the West Metro and Ring Rail Line will cause major route network changes in Espoo and Vantaa in any case.
Art by children and youth on HSL's buses
In April and May the HSL buses operated by Veolia Transport will showcase art created by the students of the Espoo School of Art. 84 per cent of respondents were either satisfied or highly satisfied with our services, and less than two per cent considered HSL services poor or very poor. Passengers can enjoy the artwork from the young artists until 26 May on Espoo internal bus routes 11 and 13 as well as regional bus routes 132, 143, 145, 147, 150, 154 and 156. The idea is to mark the World Design Capital year by presenting art produced by children in a new kind of mobile gallery and to cheer up bus passengers. During 2011, 51,655 HSL passengers responded to the surveys, the majority of whom around 44,660 were bus users. The metro, buses, and local trains will run on the Saturday schedule during the daytime on May Day. A total of around 336 million trips were made last year by metro, bus, tram, local train, and ferry to
Suomenlinna. The surveys are done regularly from mid-January until the end of November. HELSINKI TIMES
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Consistent quality in public transportation
The level of customer satisfaction with Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) services remains at a steady high, year after year. The growth in passenger numbers on public transport in the capital region continued throughout 2011. This year ferry passengers were surveyed in January and February as well, however. There will be additional bus and tram services to and from the city centre. "A cheerful piece of art on a bus can be refreshing amidst the hassles of everyday life," says HSL's Director of Communications Mari Flink.. This is an increase of 9 million, or 2.8 per cent, on the previous year.
HSL conducts customer satisfaction surveys on all its tram, local train and ferry routes, and on over 200 of its bus routes. The best result was with the metro, which received an average of 4.1 out of 5. There will be additional bus services in the evening and at night, and late-night services will also be in operation on the night between 30 April and 1 May. Trams and the Suomenlinna ferry will run on the Sunday schedule. Trams and buses will take different routes than usual in the city centre, on account of the central streets being closed to motor traffi c on May Day Eve. There will be no early morning routes on any public transport on the night between 1 and 2 May, and no nighttime services that night on the local trains. At present, some buses running in different cities have the same route numbers. For more details, see www.hsl.fi/EN
HSL to revise route numbering
The numbering of bus routes will be revised so that each route number is used only on one route in the whole HSL area. This is reasonable as the passenger numbers on Helsinki internal bus routes are the highest and the current route numbers have been in use in Helsinki longer than in the other municipalities. The only exception is the Suomenlinna ferry route, on which surveys are usually done only in the summertime. Interviewers do the rounds between 6 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday, but usually on the morning rush hour services towards Helsinki and the evening rush hour services out of the city. For example, there is a bus route 43 in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. There will be various processions in Helsinki on May Day, which are likely to cause disruptions to public transport services. Almost 90 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the Travel card system
ElFatatry was often less than impressed with their perspectives, however. The Ateneum's collections include seven of these paintings, which are on display together with paintings (on loan from the US Embassy in Helsinki) by other members of the Taos Art Colony including Sheldon Parsons, Walter Ufer, and Victor Higgins, who had indirectly attracted Gallen-Kallela by telling him about his previous visit to Taos in 1914 when they met at the Finnish artist's exhibition in Chicago, and Fritz Scholder, all of whom became acquainted with Gallen-Kallela in those days. The remaining competition this week wisely sticks to genres considered disinteresting for teenage boys and those who can't quite bring themselves to toss out their comic-book collections. The Taos Art Colony in Luhan's house remains active to this day, offering supportive solitude for creative reflection in an environment where
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Open Mon-Fri 11-23, weekends 12-23, Lunch: Mon-Fri 11-15 Contact Ratakatu 1B, 00120 Helsinki. Here Nick Fury (Samuel L. Also bravely rising to the challenge posed by the superheroes, local documentary Kovasikajuttu follows the exploits of local punk rockers Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The artist's paintings from this period depict landscapes from the area and details of
Taos' daily life. Cameron Crowe follows up 2005's muddled Elizabethtown with his latest foray into the cinema world with the dramedy We Bought a Zoo. He had met me somewhere
writing an article for Helsinki Times and remembered me." Documenting the remarkable story of this charismatic figure, Cord's Mohamed 2.0: Disruption Manifesto has recently landed in the bookstores. For this, Luhan had six guest houses built around her own; it was one of these houses, situated on the site of a Native American reservation, that the KallenGallela family rented and the artist used as his studio. Gallen-Kallela, who had just had an exhibition of his works at the Art Institute of Chicago in December 1923, travelled with his wife Mary and daughter Kirsti to Taos. Less surprising, however, is Hollywood's dedication to squeezing every last cent from the presence of a third "D", and continuing to convert their stupendously huge blockbusters to the format in postproduction. The driving force behind Muxlim, the world's first online social network site specifically for Muslims, El-Fatatry's achievements rose to extraordinary heights in a short period towards the end of the last decade, before Muxlim eventually began to lose steam and recently shuddered to a halt. team up with this unlikely squad to form "The Avengers" in order to help save the Earth from the wrongdoing of bad guy Loki and his goons. I think it was a bit too painful. "But he didn't want to do it so they thought they would find a professional. (09) 647 551, mob 040 7347 638 www.himalaya.fi
YA. Cord's book about Mohamed El-Fatatry and Muxlim was released last week.
The tale of Mohamed
The remarkable story of the man behind Muxlim has been documented in a new book by Helsinki Times columnist David J. This week sees a quartet of Marvel's main players, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk, teaming up in the hope of crushing the life out of all competitors. Embellished with vivid imagery and the perspectives of the various actors at play, the book follows El-Fatatry as he rubs shoulders with notable figures both here and abroad during his quest to make Muxlim a viable business.
Putting it into words Commencing writing in June last year, as Muxlim's fortunes were beginning to fade, Cord met with El-Fatatry for 2-3 hours at a time, twice a week, as he slowly gathered material and began to chart his journey. "So we often fought about what other people had to say about him." senting her controversial documentary Neither Allah nor the Master, and local director Laura MeriläinenAmaumo arriving with her documentary From Namibia with Love, which charts a Finnish-Namibian love story from the 1960s to the present day. It looks like 3D will live on a little while longer. I guess we had two different goals, more or less. Cord was eventually led to the story of Mohamed El-Fatatry. Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, advance word has been relatively positive, yet it appears as if the film is a far cry from Crowe's best work, Almost Famous (2000). Book your table tel. HAFF will host two guests this year, with Tunisian director Nadia El Fan pre-
Art Museum presents some of the extraordinary works of art that Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) created while living in the Taos Art Colony in New Mexico, USA, in 1924. Organised for the third occasion, the festival will be screening films from the
continent between 2-6 May. Why one should pay extra to squint through a pair of sunglasses in the cinema is seemingly beyond a growing percentage of the population. Togolese-Finnish guitar and vocal duo Ampiaba will be performing, as well as Beninese-Finnish outfit VodouLand Band, with the band's music and dance performance having deep roots in West-African voodoo.
Helsinki African Film Festival 2-6 May See full programme at www.haff.fi
Not seeking an outcome Given El-Fatatry's significant public profile, as an immigrant living here who has rubbed shoulders with influential figures on both sides of the Atlantic, Cord still feels that his extraordinary story and the initial success of Muxlim have not altered preconceived notions of Muslims here in Finland. Judging by the storm of positive word of mouth from the online community, it's just a matter of
time before they are sitting on top of the international box office chart. The significance of this small, but magnificent, collection will be especially appreciated by viewers with an interest in the artist's life and appreciation for Akseli Gallen-Kallela's unique style. Some of those investors lost millions of dollars and they weren't exactly happy with Mohamed." After initially having trouble obtaining the consent of the investors to interview them and hear their side of the story, Cord was eventually able to speak with one of them, who in turn convinced the rest to open up about their experiences. 22
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There were certain subjects, however, such as El-Fatatry's failed marriage, that remained strictly off limits. A wide range of films will be on offer, including selections from Senegal, Mauritius, Algeria and South Africa, to name but a few of the countries represented. Arriving a couple of weeks after director Josh Whedon's work as screenwriter and producer on Cabin in the Woods helped the genre mashing film make a favourable impression on cinemagoers, this effort has high expectations to meet. "Sometimes we got along great, and
sometimes we didn't. "He's got a very strong personality," Cord offers. And those seeking to shake off the last of the winter rust should head down to Dubrovnik for the Sambe Sambe club later that evening. I wanted to tell the true story of what happened at Muxlim, including the views of the people involved. Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannson team up in a fillin-the-blanks story. "He didn't like to read what they had to say at times; didn't agree with it, or didn't think it was true," Cord recalls. With the runaway success of last year's Thor, the last of the gang out of the cinematic gate, each character has sufficiently proved their box office mettle in their individual films to warrant a collaborative effort. Jackson) and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. With each of the band's members mentally handicapped, the story of Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami embodies the essence of punk, as they rebel against the mainstream.
We Bought A Zoo (K7) Release Date: 27 April Director: Cameron Crowe Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson The Avengers Release Date: 27 April Director: Josh Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans Kovasikajuttu (S) Release Date: 27 April Director: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi
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the creativity of Gallen-Kallela and the other artists who sought inspiration there speaks through the walls.
The FOKUS exhibition "Artist life in Taos" opened at Ateneum Art Museum on 20 April Tue, Fri 10-18 Wed, Thu 10-20 Sat, Sun 11-17 Mon closed www.ateneum.fi
Tunisian director Nadia El Fan's controversial documentary Neither Allah nor the Master can be seen during the Helsinki African Film Festival.
Celebrating African cinema
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EMBRACING the theme "Bridge Builders", this year's Helsinki African Film Festival promises to be the largest yet. "When publishing house Söderströms had this idea for a book about Mohamed ElFatatry and Muxlim, at first they wanted him to write it," Cord recalls. This wasn't always an easy process. Cord.
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tried his hand at writing after growing tired with aspects of his career in finance, David J. "He didn't like to talk about her. He rented a house from Mabel Dodge Luhan, who in the 1920s and 1930s had invited a selected group of artists to stay at the Art Colony as her guests. Aside from the films being screened, there is also an African bazaar at the Bio Rex film theatre on Saturday 5 May. Because of that the feel of the book moved more towards business than to his personal life."
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David J. "The people who are in favour of immigration feel that he has talked about Finland all over the world. "The immigration sceptics say that here's an example of someone who came to Finland for the free education and got tax money and it didn't work," Cord states. He is a great ambassador for Finland, a positive example that we can use." Regardless of people's stance on the matter, for Cord, the underlying message for readers to uncover from his book is one that is purely subjective: "People can take out of it what they want to take out of it."
Mohamed 2.0: Disruption Manifesto is available now.
3D was initially lauded as the saviour of cinema, with all and sundry pouring every last penny into the production of, and conversion to, the format, it comes as little surprise to find that its popularity is waning slightly
Tippaleipä, or funnel cake as the Yanks call it, is made by pouring unleavened batter into oil. Ranging from täysin kuiva (brut) through kuiva (extra sec) to makea (sweet), expect to see a few bottles of this stuff put away by your fellow revellers in the park. Perunasalaatti, or potato sal-
After an hour or two you'll start to feel perky again, and if your luck is in, the sun is shining and the breeze off the sea is not too strong. 12:00-23:00 sun.......... ···
Vappu revellers enjoy a picnic in Helsinki's Kaivopuisto park.
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4 Perunasalaatti Finns tend to be prepared for eating outdoors and if you're fortunate somebody has brought paper plates and plastic knives and forks. Sweet and crunchy, this treat is traditionally served with powdered sugar. KITCHEN 11-24 SAT 12-02 . Something still feels wrong inside your slightly hungover head. m a n h a t t a n s t e a k h o u s e . Normally seasoned with chopped parsley, black pepper and perhaps a little mustard, this goes perfectly with your nakki and will set you up nicely for the next course. Sima is a traditional, sweet mead made
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from lemon, yeast and raisins, with some sugar and/or honey to sweeten it. The alcohol content is so low that this beverage is considered safe for children to comsume. KITCHEN 12-23
2 Tippaleipä You'll probably feel like a bit of a nibble to get the system going, as this could be a long day, and tippaleipä goes perfectly with sima. But remember, try not to overdo it work beckons in the morning and your employer will not appreciate a hungover worker when you've already had one day to get yourself in order.
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010 832 2600 | email. The launch of these new restaurants has tied in nicely with Linnanmäki amusement park pushing to become a distinct district of Helsinki. Lehtovaara is famous for its high quality Finnish and international kitchen. The concept is based on a classic American diner, with flavours to make you smile and prices to match every pocket. Opening hours Mon-Fri 11am-11pm / Sat 4pm-11pm / Sun 1pm-5pm
Mechelininkatu 39-FIN 00250 Helsinki tel: +358(0) 9-440833 www.lehtovaararavintola.fi to the Sibelius Monument
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Michelin stars From the likes of Chez Dominique with its two Michelin stars, and the famous Hans Välimäki, comes something quite extraordinary. Linnanmäki is showing us what a stylish and trendy place it can be. 00100 Helsinki, Finland Tel. An online petition will start soon and when there are sufficient names on the petition, Räikkönen is set to take his plans to Helsinki Lord Mayor Jussi Pajunen, with the aim of founding Linnanmäki district by next summer.
Linnanmäki open now until 21 October. +358 9 611 077, +358 40 707 1140 www.satkar.fi
SO YOU thought you were going to any old amusement park. The new experience is called Kattila, or Cuisine World, and it's at Lintsi, believe it or not. It sounds somewhat tacky, but this is no lowbrow concept. Opening hours vary according to the month, but from now until mid-May the hours are; Monday-Friday 16:00-21:00 Saturday 13:00-21:00 Sunday 13:00-20:00 For more information see www.linnanmaki.fi
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MONTHU 1121 FRISAT 1124 SUN 1120 RESERVATIONS: tel. Innovation is the name of the game and Demo (one Michelin star) and Grotesk are more than qualified to take this humble dish to new levels in their place called Kuula. If you'd like to be somewhat daring, there's always the panorama that is free and offers a spectacular view over the beautiful city of Helsinki. The popularity of Mediterranean cuisine has not been ignored and hence Postrés (one Michelin star) came up with the idea of Coccola. The well-known Sushibar offers some delectable dishes combined with excellent wines, hence the name Sushibar and Wine. Linnanmäki is a Helsinki icon and hence he shortlisted 50 Helsinki restaurants that could possibly fit the bill of his high standards. Send the kids off to have fun, take your pick from the array of delicacies, find a nice quiet spot and indulge yourself. A craze that is taking New York by storm at the mo-
Dining experience Heiniö says that though the food and dining experience are first class, prices are being kept reasonable and accessible to the regular folk who have frequented Linnanmäki for years. He emphasises that this is not a food court, but rather an area in one building with the restaurants in their own spaces something new, something modern. The top five he eventually chose are some of the best restaurants in this town names that are well branded and respected. If the rides are not for you, you needn't even pay an entrance fee. That's not the end of the story a new Sports Bar is also running at Linnanmäki, with an amazing array of finger foods and old stalwarts with a twist like Thai Burgers. It's the brainchild of Kim Heiniö, who first got the idea some years ago in the US. They're in for a big surprise. This is the place to be for the Ice Hockey World Championships, which starts on Friday 4 May with champions Finland playing Belarus in Helsinki on the opening day.
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Lehtovaara is known for its warm atmosphere, friendly, appreciated service and delicious portions that indulge the taste buds. The amusement park aims to be Finland's most fun district, says managing director Risto Räikkönen. firstname.lastname@example.org Kalevankatu 13, Helsinki | www.flada13.fi
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Fredrikinkatu 46 (Kamppi, Autotalo). Then there's Caruzella, the best buffet in town. For a touch of Finnish tradition, Restaurant Aino has stepped up to the plate to introduce Ilona to the public. Kattila will put a smile on the faces of mums and dads who have had to endure the greasy spoons that usually go hand in hand with fairgrounds. The launch, last Saturday 21 April, was a great success coinciding with the park's opening for the summer season. Sushi bars are springing up around town like mushrooms and Lintsi will not be left out of this craze either
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Fri 27 April La Bayadére One of the masterpieces of 19thcentury Russian ballet. Virgin Oil CO. Art Museum Meilahti Tamminiementie 6 Tue-Sun 11:00-18:30 Tickets 0/8/10 Until Sun 19 August Outi Heiskanen: Primordial Sea Outi Heiskanen is best known for the sensitive line work of her graphics, but the artist´s 75th anniversary exhibition also presents works lesser known to the public; paintings, sculptures and installations. April Jazz runs from Wednesday 25 April through to Sunday 29 and promises a line-up to rival Pori Jazz in July. Kaivopiha Mannerheimintie 5 Tickets 15/17 www.virginoil.fi Mon 30 April Renegade Festival Dance event with massive line-up of both international and local artists such as Flux Pavilion (UK), Pendulum DJ set (UK), and Proteus. The Finnish Museum of Photography The Cable Factory Tallberginkatu 1 Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 Wed 11:00-20:00 Tickets 0/4/6 www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi Until Sun 6 May Designworld Exhibition looks at international contemporary design with broad strokes, giving an overall picture of today's design. Kaivopiha Mannerheimintie 5 Tickets 22/25 www.virginoil.fi Sat 28 April Eva & Manu (FIN/FRA) Sympathetic guitar pop duo. Korjaamo Culture Factory Töölönkatu 51 B Tickets 13/15 www.korjaamo.fi Tue 1 May Vappu party at Kaivohuone Traditional after-picnic party. +358 (0)9 737 373 AUSSIE BAR Come and have E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Salomonkatu 5, Kamppi a Tooheys www.aussiebar.net 00100 Helsinki, Finland or two!
Espoo hosts one of the best festivals to get us in the mood for a long, hot summer with a sultry selection of the finest in Finnish and international jazz. The Pipe will be screened at the opening night on 26 April and director Ó Domhnaill will be there to talk about his film. www.apriljazz.fi. Helsinki Music Centre Concert Hall Mannerheimintie 13 Tickets 6-25 www.musiikkitalo.fi Thu 26 April Buzzcocks (UK) Punk. 135 4148 www.kolumbus.fi/zinnkeller
Espoo swings into summer
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Thurs 26th - Thirsty Thurs! DJ's 9.30pm plus cocktail specials 7-11pm! Fri 27th/Sat 28th - Filthy weekend! HEAPS of Rugby & Footy! LOTS of partying in the eve! Sun 29th - No Shoe Sunday! Come wash away ya hangovers and chew the fat with the locals! Mon 30th - VAPPU EVE! COME EARLY! STAY LATE! PARTY HARD! ROCK ON!!!!!!!!! Tues 1st - VAPPU DAY! Keep on Rocking!! Wed 2nd - LIVE MUSIC with JAMES LASCHELLE from 10pm! Tel. Finnish National Opera Helsinginkatu 58 Tickets 14-77 www.opera.fi Fri 27 April Finland's Official Dancehall Queen & Scandinavian Dancehall King 2012 Contest Caribbean breezes. The event is organised by The European Commission Representation in Finland and the European Parliament Information Office in Finland in cooperation with embassies of EU countries and EU candidate countries, and will be taking place at Eurooppasali. Galleria Augusta Suomenlinna Tickets 12/18 www.isisteatteri.fi
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Meritullinkatu 25, 00170 Helsinki. Until Tue 8 May Eurooppasali Helsinki Malminkatu 16 (Kamppi) Free entry www.europarl.fi
Until Sun 29 April April Jazz Jazz festival with both local and international artists. Better to get your ticket in advance. Korjaamo Culture Factory Töölönkatu 51 B Tickets 8/10 www.korjaamo.fi
From Sat 28 April Pirjetta Brander: Les Fleurs du mal Watercolours and animations, an entire village, a greenhouse and other installations. Various venues Tickets 0-45 www.apriljazz.fi Thu 26 April HPO: Sibelius II Helsinki Philharmonic orchestra plays Busoni, Stravinsky and Sibelius. Tavastia, Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6 Tickets 25/27 www.tavastiaklubi.fi
Thu 26 April Sir Richard Bishop (USA) Interesting American musician best known from the Sun City Girls. Kaivohuone Iso Puistotie 1 Tickets 15 www.helsinginkaivohuone.fi Wed 2 May Deportees (SWE) Promising Swedish indie rock group. Olari Elts, conductor and Minna Pensola, violin. Telakkakatu 8 Tickets 29 www.elmu.fi Fri 27 April Carlos del Junco (CAN) One of the world's leading harmonica players. The film is situated in the beautiful landscapes of western Ireland and tells a story of a tragic conflict in the community of Rossport village. Kuudes Linja Hämeentie 13 Tickets 10/12 www.kuudeslinja.com Sat 28 April Spunk A cappella sextet. The Cable Factory Tallberginkatu 1 Tickets 38 www.renegade.fi Mon 30 April PMMP, LCMDF Energetic female duos filling the air with pop/electro pop. Kuudes Linja Hämeentie 13 Tickets 8 www.kuudeslinja.com Thu 26 & Sat 28 April Pelléas & Mélisande Debussy's dreamy opera. Kaivopiha Mannerheimintie 5 Tickets 10 www.virginoil.fi Fri 27 April Anna Abreu Pop princess' farewell-concert. Stoa Helsinki Turunlinnantie 1 Tickets 5/8 www.stoa.fi Sat 28 April Bicho de Pé (BRA) Club Arcos da Lapa brings on stage brilliant forró/xote xaxado/carimbó etc. Design Museum Korkeavuorenkatu 23 Tue 11:00-20:00 Wed-Sun 11:00-18:00 Tickets 0/3/8 www.designmuseum.fi Until Mon 7 May Andreas Eriksson & Roland Persson: A Second Time/ Loves Me, Loves Me Not Paintings, prints, photography and sculptures by interesting Swedish artists. The five-day event, which is running in Tapiola in Espoo, boasts some smooth international acts like; Afro-Cuban All Stars, Jan Gabarek, Avishai Cohen, latin-jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda and Jo Stance, to name but a few. These films take the audiences on a journey through Europe, from the green hills of Ireland to the bustle of Istanbul, and offering a window to different European realities. Finnish National Opera Helsinginkatu 58 Tickets 22-99 www.opera.fi Thu 26 April Tribute to Bob Dylan: Songs of Heaven and Earth Jukka Gustavson, Anssi Kela, Jukka Orma, Uffe Krokfors, Thomas Törnroos, Vesa Kemi, Jukka Leppilampi, Popp Gustafsson and Elna & Christopher Romberg will present the revolutionary songs of Bob Dylan. Amos Anderson Art Museum Yrjönkatu 27 Mon, Thu, Fri 10:00-18:00 Wed 10:00-20:00 Sat, Sun 11:00-17:00 Tickets 0/2/6/8 www.amosanderson.fi Until Sun 13 May Taryn Simon Photographs and Texts Internationally acclaimed artist's photographs and writings underscore the invisible space between language and the visual world. 26
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Fri 27 April Helsinki Arte Vivo: Flamencoilta (Flamenco night) Cinta Hermo, acclaimed flamenco guitarist Agustín Carbonell and dancer Rodrigo de Blanca. In total 26 European films from drama to documentary will be screened at the event. Puh. Sello Hall Soittoniekanaukio 1 (Espoo) Tickets 15/20 www.espoo.fi
Fri 27 April Jane (GER), Hidria Spacefolk Progressive rock. Nosturi. The local acts are as equally talented and Iiro Ranta's The History of Jazz is a must see.
April Jazz 25-29 April Various venues in Tapiola Espoo. All screenings will be free of charge and no tickets are required. group from São Paolo. Storyville, Museokatu 8 Tickets 10 www.storyville.fi Fri 27 April Ruudolf, Ruger Hauer, Raappana Finnish hip hop. Nosturi Telakkakatu 8 Tickets 20 www.elmu.fi Mon 30 April We Love Helsinki Vapputanssit Popular urban ball. Tavastia Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6 Tickets 16/18 www.tavastiaklubi.fi Sat 28 April Weeping Willows (SWE) Swedish indie rock legends. It is a portrayal of the villagers' struggle to maintain their own lands and culture, and the battle against a big oil-company. Venue, Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu 21 Tickets 13/14 www.clubvenue.fi From Fri 27 April ISISteatteri: Yli tuonen tumman virran Dance performance depicting the thin line between life and death. Antti Rissanen will be conducting the world-renowned Espoo Big Band,
which this year has the Grammy award-winning Patti Austin on vocals. Kuudes Linja Hämeentie 13 Tickets 10 www.kuudeslinja.com Mon 30 April Kotiteollisuus Finnish hard rock/heavy metal. Virgin Oil CO. Savoy Theatre Kasarmikatu 46-48 Tickets 20 www.savoyteatteri.fi Sat 28 April Anna Eriksson Pop with strong vocals. Last summer Espoo Big Band mourned the loss of their legendary founder Martti `Mape' Lappalainen, so expect this year's performances to pack a little extra emotion. Kunsthalle Helsinki Nervanderinkatu 3 Tickets 0/5.50/8 www.taidehalli.fi Until Sun 29 April Timo Kelaranta: Strange love As a photographer Kelaranta is a poet, a master of the abstract image and of minimalism, for whom the most important thing in a picture is its form. Korjaamo Culture Factory Töölönkatu 51 B Tickets 7/8 www.korjaamo.fi Sun 29 April Chelsea Wolfe (USA) Gothic folk. Virgin Oil CO. Among the films featured in the event is The Pipe, an award-winning documentary by the Irish director Risteard Ó Domhnaill. Didrichsen Museum Kuusilahdenkuja 1 Helsinki Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 Tickets 3/7/9 www.didrichsenmuseum.fi
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The beautiful landscape around Rossport, which locals fear will be damaged by the pipeline.
European Film Weeks
European Film Weeks, between Thursday 26 April and Tuesday 8 May, will be bringing an interesting selection of European cinema to Helsinki. Helsinki Music Centre Concert Hall Mannerheimintie 13 Tickets 45 www.musiikkitalo.fi Sat 28 April Pariisin Kevät Pop
14:00 Wreckreation Nation 15:00 Top Chef 15:55 Jamie's 30 Minute Meals 16:30 Marienhof In German. 14:30 Nigella Bites 15:05 Gary Unmarried 15:35 Everybody Hates Chris 16:05 Wipeout UK 17:10 Accidentally On Purpose 17:45 Dr. 08:48 Flying Doctors 11:10 Die Schwarzwaldklinik In German. Directed by Walt Becker. 03:50 Relic Hunter
06:30 Blackadder Goes Forth 07:00 Airport 08:00 That 70's show 08:50 3rd Rock From the Sun 12:40 FC Venus FILM In German. Nick is the best at what he does, but how can he fight off his enemy who's trying to promote the use of skull and crossbones on all tobacco products. The police suspects he's back and BAU is called in to investigate the murders. Gwendolen's life is one big storm.
12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 Wipeout UK Crocodile Hunter World's Toughest Fixes Dragon's Den Canada Pawn Stars Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 18:30 Bullrun 21:00 JIM D Crime: Beyond Scared Straight (K16) 22:05 Cowboy Builders 00:05 Fifth Gear 00:40 Flashpoint 01:35 Man Hunters: Fugitive Task Force 02:05 Naked & Funny (K16)
Programmes on Yle Teema may be viewed in the original language(s) by changing the digital receiver's settings.
Don Matteo T V2 11:10
Made in Germany
Thank You for Smoking
Satire about a tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhardt), who has the ability to turn all arguments on their heads even with all the health risks related to tobacco products. 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 American Idol 20:30 The Simpsons 22:30 The Breakout Kings 00:30 Bones 01:25 Ghost Adventures
06:50 Children's Programming In Finnish. The story begins in Baghdad in 1979. 23:15 Generation Kill (K16) Part 4/7. 14:00 Wreckreation Nation 15:00 Top Chef 15:55 Jamie's 30 Minute Meals 16:30 Marienhof In German. Fukushima power plant's disaster reminded hundreds of Estonians about 26 years ago, when they were taken to put out the fire in a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl with only spades. Bill wants to destroy Eric who in his opinion is dangerous, while Jason is worried about turning into a werepanther. Germany/2006. Some of them didn't make it back. 23:10 Numb3rs (K16) 00:05 Panic Room (K16) FILM Directed by David Fincher. Part 3/5.
Journey to Shark Eden MT V3 15:30 07:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. USA/UK/2008.
Tsernobõli Samuraid T V1 22:00 06:50 Children's Programming In Finnish. Doctor Sharma has worked in Trefelin only for a few weeks and already his wife is fed up, while the mine's colliery manager is desperate to find Sharma's predecessor's secret diary. UK/ Spain/2007. Lo Straniero. USA/2009. 17:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. Nick's two best friends Polly and Jay are working at the Moderation Council in the alcohol business and at the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. 22:00 The Accidental Spy (K16) FILM Jackie Chan plays a salesman who is pulled into an arms trade investigation being solved by international intelligence agencies. Among the prisoners there are many good people, who are paying a high price for their mistakes. USA/2007. Tiffany has been separated from her little daughter. Phil 20:00 The Voice of USA 21:00 Wild Hogs FILM Master comedian Martin Lawrence plays one of the main role's in a comedy in which four friends hungry for freedom take off on their bikes. 12:55 Exercise: Stomach & Thighs 15:25 Chick Fix 16:15 Winzerkönig In German. 23:05 Him & Her The Get-together. 11:05 Yle News in English 12:35 Doctors 17:10 The Indian Doctor Part 2/10. 08:55 Marienhof In German. Starring: Nora Tschirner, Christian Ulmen. Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman. 19:00 Kingdom 22:55 Blekingegade (K16) In Danish. Macy) and Bobby (Martin Lawrence) soon come face to face with a reality that tops even their wildest dreams. USA/2002. 01:25 Sensing Murder 02:45 WC Racing: Argentina SPORT 10:05 13:00 14:00 15:00 15:30
10:00 The Indian Doctor Part 1/10. Doug (Tim Allen), Woody (John Travolta), Dudley (William H. Documentary like series on the lives of women prisoners in Gwinnett County jail in US. 08:55 Nigella Bites 09:30 A Baby Story 10:30 Makeover Wish 13:00 A Baby Story 14:00 Property Virgins SERIES CONTINUES. 22:05 Hockey SPORT 00:35 South Park 01:05 Fear Factory 02:15 JIM D: Modern Marvels: 101 Gadgets That Changed the World Part 1/2. Unusual asphyxiation or a murder. HELSINKI TIMES
Helsinki Times T V Guide offers a selection of English and other language broadcasting on Finnish television.
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10:05 Emmerdale 13:00 Doctors 14:00 Jamie's Food Revolution 15:05 Middle 17:05 The Young and the Restless 18:00 Emmerdale 21:00 House 22:35 Hockey Night Extra SPORT 23:15 28 Weeks Later (K18) FILM Zombies take over London again. 02:15 UEFA Europe League Highlights SPORT
Emmerdale Doctors Find My Family UK Rita Rocks Journey to Shark Eden DOC 17:05 The Young and the Restless 18:00 Emmerdale 21:00 Forgotten 22:45 WR Racing: Argentina Racing Extra SPORT 22:55 Prestige Psychological thriller about two enemy magicians. 23:20 4D: Kate & William Inside the Royal Marriage 00:20 The Business (K16) FILM British gangsters hungry for the easy life end up in Costa del Sol in Spain. 20:30 Free Radio 22:05 Law & Order (K16) Human Flesh Search Engine. A group of women frustrated with their football obsessed boyfriends and husbands make a bet that they can beat their men in a football match. The body of an immigrant, who committed a suicide, is found in a canal. 2999)
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YLE Teema 21:30. With Children 21:00 Criminal Minds (K16) True Genius. 20:00 Rick Stein's Taste of Italian Opera 21:30 Thank You for Smoking FILM Directed by Jason Reitman. 23:00 The House of Saddam (K16) DOC Part 1/2. USA/1993. 20:30 The Prankster 22:05 True Blood (K16) I Wish I Was the Moon. 19:00 As Time Goes By 22:00 Tsernobõli Samuraid DOC In Estonian. Directed by Nick Love. USA/2005.
Focus Izalco Pro 3.0 2012 price now 2299 (norm. The Diary. 09:00 Nigella Bites 09:35 A Baby Story 10:30 Makeover Wish 13:00 A Baby Story 14:00 Makeover Wish SERIES FINALE. USA/UK/2006. 02:20 Detroit 1-8-7 SERIES CONTINUES. Sharman's ability to make friends with the locals proves to be useful. They often meet in a bar and compare the death tolls their products have caused. Directed by Nora Ephron. Starring: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Vivian Hsu. His near and dear tell the dictator's tale from rise to his fall. Young Hearts. Soon he meets an ex con and a charismatic ladies man Charlie (Tamer Hassan), who introduces Frankie to the gangland in Spain. Hong Kong/2001. The film was awarded with Hong Kong Film Award for the best choreography and editing the year it came out. 02:00 72 Hours: True Crime (K16) 02:30 Unschuldig (K16) In German. Starring: Aaron Eckhardt, Maria Bello, Robert Duvall. UK/Spain/2005. 03:10 Naked & Funny (K16) 03:40 Pawn Stars
17:00 Catherine Deneuve DOC France/2010. 14:00 Big Spender 14:30 The King of Queens 15:00 Relic Hunter 15:55 Airport 16:30 America's Funniest Home Videos 17:30 My Wife and Kids 18:00 That 70's show 19:00 The King of Queens 19:30 3rd Rock From the Sun 20:30 Blackadder Goes Forth 21:00 Panic Room (K16) FILM Directed by David Fincher. Starring: Aaron Eckhardt, Maria Bello, Robert Duvall. He also finds out that he is the son of a well known spy. USA/2005. The detectives' investigation leads them to internet's human flesh search engine. USA/2002. 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 Will & Grace 19:00 Friends 19:30 American Idol 20:30 The Simpsons 22:30 C.S.I. 00:30 Ghost Adventures 01:30 The X Files
06:50 Children's Programming In Finnish. 07:00 Airport 08:00 That 70's show 08:50 3rd Rock From the Sun 13:10 Cellblock 6 SERIES BEGINS. 08:55 Marienhof In German. Starring: Tim Allen, John Travolta. A couple is murdered in San Francisco and the murders have been conducted as if done by the famous Zodiac killer. Kamini wants desperately to get out of the backwater, but a boy in trouble gives her something else to think about. She is about to be released from the prison, but the future is unsure - and she is pregnant again. Paul and Laura bring a housewarming gift - a picture of themselves to be hung over the bed.
06:30 How'd You Get So Rich. Becky's parents meet Steve's mother and her new boyfriend. 14:30 Nigella Bites 15:05 How To Look Good Naked Canada 16:05 Wipeout UK 17:10 Married... 11:05 Yle News in English 12:35 Doctors 16:00 Human Planet DOC Part 7/8. Directed by Teddy Chan. The Rivers. 17:10 The Indian Doctor Part 3/10. 12:00 Treks in a Wild World: Gabon 16:15 Winzerkönig In German. 17:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. Lupo and Bernard are investigating the death of fashion company owner. Starring: Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan. Starring: Jodie Foster. 08:49 Flying Doctors 11:10 Don Matteo In Italian. Starring: Robert Carlyle. Directed by Jason Reitman. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Miniseries on Saddam Hussein's career. 00:05 Frasier 00:35 Married... Directed by Christopher Nolan. 02:10 Tough Love Miami
18:30 Design: Téléphone en Bakélite DOC In French. 17:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. 14:30 The King of Queens 15:00 Losing It With Jillian 15:55 Airport 16:30 America's Funniest Home Videos 17:30 My Wife and Kids 18:00 That 70's show 19:00 The King of Queens 19:30 3rd Rock From the Sun 21:00 Sleepless in Seattle FILM A widowed single father is lonely, but finds help from a radio program. 23:20 Tough Love Miami 00:25 Fired Up! FILM Directed by Will Gluck. 17:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. Starring: Jodie Foster. Daniel's mother invites him to Italy and there tells him the truth about his father. In the midst of it all how can Nick stay a role model to his 12-year-old son while doing what he does. Don Matteo suspects that it wasn't a suicide at all, and with the help of the sergeant he begins his investigation. With Children 01:05 Castle 02:05 Lock `n' Load
10:00 The Indian Doctor Part 2/10. Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan. Combat Jack.
08:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. 03:20 Melrose Place SERIES FINALE.
08:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. Guest appearance by Patricia Cornwell. 23:00 Queen in Budapest in 1986
12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 Wipeout UK Crocodile Hunter American Pickers Dragon's Den Canada Pawn Stars Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 18:00 Dragon's Den Canada 19:30 South Park 21:00 JIM D History: Raising the Titanic Part 1/2. 19:00 Daniel Deronda Part 4/4. Frankie (Danny Dyer) is running from London and plans to turn a new leaf
Directed by Dennie Gordon. T and the Women FILM Directed by Robert Altman. CGI will illustrate what happened structurally to the ship minuteby-minute after the collision with the iceberg.
JIM 17:00. 11:30 Kurenai no Buta (Red Pig) FILM In Finnish. USA/2004. The wreck has lain at the bottom of the sea for all this time. In the first part of the trilogy Frodo is trusted with the Ring and his mission to destroy it in the fire of Mount Doom in Mordor. 16:00 One Tree Hill 17:00 Big Bang Theory 17:30 2 Broke Girls 19:00 Jamie's Dream School 19:55 Mythbusters 21:00 The Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation (K16) FILM Ron and Melinda are happily engaged and plan to marry. The fellowship of the Ring is formed and Sam, Gandalf, Boromir, Aragorn, Merry, Pippin, Legolas and Gimli join him on his journey. Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell. 21:00 Musica Leggera: Les Chansons Italiennes DOC In this documentary they reminisce about Italy's best loved singers from the 60s and 70s, such as Lucio Dalla and Paolo Conte. Starring: Krister Pettersson, Mats Bergman. New Zealand/2001. Starring: Macaulay Culkin. USSR/1938. 01:45 Call Me Fitz
06:50 Airport 07:55 That 70's show 08:45 3rd Rock From the Sun 12:10 X-Weighted: Families 13:00 Packed to the Rafters 13:55 Cupcake Girls 14:20 The OCD Project 15:15 Cellblock 6 16:45 Dr. Starring: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler. It has been 100 years since the Titanic began its journey and sank after the fateful collision with an iceberg. Sweden/2009. Directed by Howard Zieff. 00:05 Britain's Youngest Grannies DOC 01:10 Supernatural
07:45 Children's Programming In Finnish. First there's going to be an unforgettable bachelor party though. Dad and his new wife Shelley are pregnant, while Vada is trying to learn more about her deceased mother. 00:30 Hawaii 5-0 01:30 Madea's Family Reunion FILM
07:45 Children's Programming In Finnish. 12:35 Page One: Inside the New York Times DOC 14:05 Gilmore Girls 16:00 Rosemary & Thyme 18:45 Gannets DOC 19:40 Scott & Bailey Part 1/6. Soon after his father is kidnapped and it's up to Pistachio to get him back. Starring: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Amrish Puri, Dan Aykroyd. USA /1994. The city's best known artists interpret stories of love and life's joys and sorrows. Directed by John Turturro Italy/USA/2010.
12:15 Cuéntame Cómo Pasó In Spanish. What kind of political and cultural changes has the country gone through during its 150 years of history?
09:00 Airport 09:30 The King of Queens 13:00 Sleepless in Seattle FILM Directed by Nora Ephron. 18:00 Daniel Deronda Part 4/4. 12:00 DogTown 15:05 Good Luck Charlie! 15:35 My Girl 2 FILM Vada is now 13-yearsold. Starring: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin. 18:10 Globe Trekker: Lonely Planet's Kazakstan 21:00 Pan Am Eastern Exposure. With the three dimensional map they made, previously unseen parts of the ship can be researched and perhaps even the reason as to why the ship broke in two can finally be found out. 23:35 Big Love 00:45 Blue Bloods Officer Down. Starring: Josh Cooke, Sara Foster. 17:45 The Voice of USA 21:00 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (K16) FILM The second part of the series was awarded with an Oscar for its special effects. Directed by Spike Lee. Soon he begins leaving tapes of the days together to remind Lucy of what they have been doing. Directed by Charlotte Brändström. 14:30 Two and a Half Men Three episodes. Sergei Eisenstein's film about a Russian prince, who in the 13th century led an army to a battle against the German knights who tried to invade Russia. Directed by James Ryan. Directed by Perry Andelin Blake. 00:35 Penn & Teller (K16) 01:10 Unusual Suspects (K16) 02:10 Destination Truth 03:05 Naked & Funny (K16)
08:05 Fifth Gear 09:35 New York City Food 10:05 Dinner Impossible 11:00 American Chopper 12:30 Danger Beach 13:00 JIM D Biography: Friends 14:00 Shark Tank 15:00 American Pickers 16:00 World's Toughest Fixes 17:00 JIM D History: Raising the Titanic Part 1/2. 23:05 Navy NCIS 00:05 Secrets in the Walls (K16) FILM Directed by Christopher Leitch. Its whereabouts remained a mystery until 1985, when it was discovered several hundred miles off the coast of Newfoundland. 20:30 Design: Cafetière Expresso la Conica DOC 21:00 From Garibaldi to Berlusconi 150 Years of Italian History DOC Part 1/2. This time around the daring expenditure takes Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) to Asia in the pursuit of a sacred stone at the Temple of Doom. 28
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07:45 Children's Programming In Finnish. Starring: Olivia Hussey. USA/1993. 14:55 Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge: New Zealand 15:50 Treks in a Wild World: Albania 17:45 MotorSport SPORT 20:50 Der Staatsanwalt In Germany. 22:55 The Breakout Kings 23:55 Cops With Cameras 00:55 Sensing Murder 01:50 Daisy of Love
10:30 Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company 12:55 Little Mosque on the Prairie Four episodes. 17:15 American Idol 21:00 Wallander: Hämden (K16) FILM In Swedish. 18:00 Extreme Fishing 19:00 Man vs Food 20:00 To Build or Not to Build 21:00 JIM D Biography: Henry Winkler 22:05 American Chopper 23:05 MotoGP SPORT 00:05 Cowboy Builders 01:05 Crocodile Hunter 01:35 JIM D Crime: Beyond Scared Straight (K16)
Scott & Bailey T V1 19:40
Aleksandr Nevski YLE Teema 18:00
50 First Dates
Rom-com about a ladies' man Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) living in Hawaii. Directed by Edward Zwick. 14:05 Gilmore Girls 16:05 Rosemary & Thyme 19:15 Water Life DOC 21:55 Zen Ratking.
Zen TV1 21:55 08:10 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 10:40 DogTown 12:45 Frasier Four episodes. 23:00 Badass! (K18) 23:35 Distortions (K18) FILM Directed by Armand Mastroianni. USA/1984. 11:00 Football Highlights SPORT 11:30 UEFA Europe League Highlights SPORT 15:25 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York FILM Directed by Chris Columbus. What Henry doesn't know is that Lucy is suffering from a shortterm memory loss that makes her forget recent events - including Henry. 22:05 Defiance (K16) FILM War film about two Jewish brothers who escaped to the woods and become partisans. Starring: Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Austin O'Brien. 13:45 Bossa Nova, la Vague de Rio DOC France/2010. 21:00 JIM D: Ancient Aliens 22:05 Roast Charlie Sheen (K16) FILM Starring: William Shatner, Mike Tyson, Steve-O, Kate Walsh, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Ross, Anthony Jezelnik, Patrice O'Neal & Amy Schumer. The Reagan family are furious and do everything in their power to bring whoever is responsible to justice. 00:20 Law & Order: UK
08:05 Gannets DOC Near the southernmost point of Africa two enormous sardine shoals form one great mass. Japan/1992. Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring: Denzel Washington. 17:10 History: Civilization - Is the West History. 01:45 Detroit 1-8-7 02:45 Desperate Housewives
12:00 Friends Four episodes. 11:10 Une Famille Formidable In French. USA/1992. Freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi was one of the key figures when the country of Italy was founded in 1861. Even after being found, over half of the wreck was untouched until in 2010 a research group began mapping it with new technology. Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan. Starring: Dana Carvey. Hosted by Seth MacFarlane. 18:00 Aleksandr Nevski FILM In Russian. USA/2007. Starring: Jeri Ryan. 17:40 Believe or Not! 21:00 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring FILM Based on Tolkien's books, the spectacular Lord of the Rings trilogy was awarded 17 Oscars. USA/2005. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. USA/2000. Henry is ready to go as far as to cancel his plans to sail to the Arctic on a research expedition something he had been planning and saving money for the past 10 years - in order to be with Lucy. Thus Henry must seduce Lucy again each and every day in order to stay a part of her life. 01:10 Navy NCIS
09:35 Dinner Impossible 11:00 World's Toughest Fixes 12:00 JIM D: Modern Marvels: Ocean Liners 13:00 To Build or Not to Build 15:00 Shark Tank 16:00 Bondi Rescue 16:30 New York City Food 18:00 Weird or What. USA/2003. USA/1997. This means that the gannets will be having a feast, even though they're not the only animals after the fish and the fight for food is intense. 22:00 Absolutely Fabulous 22:30 Place of Execution
Musica Leggera: Les Chansons Italiennes YLE Teema 21:00 08:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee. Part 1/6. USA/2010. 11:15 Une Famille Formidable In French. 22:05 Him & Her 22:35 Yle Live: Sielun Veljet
14:45 Will & Grace Four Episodes. Wallander has to hunt for a killer in a city where all the lights have gone out. Directed by Steven Spielberg. One day he meets the woman of his dreams Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore). USA/2004.
Raising the Titanic
Part 1/2. Starring: Richard Gere. 01:25 Law & Order: Los Angeles 02:20 WC Racing: Argentina
07:45 Children's Programming In Finnish. USA/1987. 16:10 Jimmy's Global Harvest DOC Part 2/4. 21:00 50 First Dates FILM Directed by Peter Segel. 19:00 Man Who Knew Too Little FILM Directed by Jon Amiel. Starring: Peter Gallagher, Bill Murray, Joanne Whalley. Starring: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston. 22:00 Passione FILM Musical adventure in the sensual song-culture of Naples. British gypsy girls begin planning their wedding before they reach school age and the average bride is 16-years-old. 11:10 Grand Designs 13:45 Candid Camera 14:15 Hockey Night LIVE! SPORT 19:20 WC Racing: Argentina Racing Extra SPORT 21:00 Revenge 22:35 Hockey Night Extra SPORT 22:45 Mythbusters 23:50 Without a Trace 00:50 WC Racing: Argentina SPORT
08:05 Human Planet DOC Part 7/8. 14:45 Everybody Hates Chris 15:15 Accidentally On Purpose 15:45 Life Unexpected 16:45 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings SERIES BEGINS. 19:00 Alice Sommer Herz at 106 Everything Is a Present DOC Now 108-year-old Alice Sommer Herz is thought to be the eldest Holocaust survivor. 18:00 Top Gear USA 20:00 Amazing Race 21:00 Survivor 22:30 Hockey Night Extra SPORT 22:40 WC Racing: Argentina Racing Extra SPORT 22:55 Inside Man (K16) FILM Masked robbers take over a bank. 17:10 Un Village Français In French. USA/2002. France/2010. 12:05 Getting On 12:35 Inside the Human Body DOC Part 3/4. Directed by Peter Segel. USA/2008. 15:25 Mobbed 16:50 Breaking the Magician's Code 17:50 The Master of Disguise FILM Waitress Pistachio Disguisey finds out he belongs to a family with supernatural skills of disguise. 20:00 Navy NCIS 21:00 What a Girl Wants FILM As soon as Daphne turns 17 she moves from New York to London to her aristocrat politician father. A female officer is killed off-duty during a diamond heist
The human body has incredible defence mechanisms to fight these threats. 12:30 Doctors 15:05 On the Estrada: Night in St. 00:10 World's Oldest Conjoined Twins DOC Nearly 60 years old Donnie and Ronnie are the oldest Siamese twins known. Sharma comes up with a sneaky way to examine the miners health situation. Ben's proposal doesn't go quite as planned when the police barge in the middle of it all. Hostile environment. 23:00 Sex Lessons (K16) SERIES BEGINS. Superfarms in USA. 08:50 Flying Doctors 09:40 Globe Trekker: Marrakesh & Dubai 11:05 Don Matteo In Italian. 23:30 Supernatural The Real Ghostbusters. 14:00 Wreckreation Nation 15:00 Top Chef 15:55 Jamie's 30 Minute Meals 16:30 Marienhof In German. 13:02 Animal Hospital 16:15 Winzerkönig In German. 23:25 Frasier 23:55 Married... 21:30 Modern Family SEASON BEGINS. Starring: Geena Davis, Samuel L. USA/1997. Two unlucky men find a stack of money no one seems to be looking for. 00:00 50 First Dates FILM Directed by Peter Segel. Antonius demands him to calm the situation down by any means necessary.
08:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. With his rampage, Vorenus has caused a fight for power between the gangs on Anvetinus Hills. The lad can sing so let's not take that away from him. 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 Will & Grace 19:00 Friends 19:30 Two and a Half Men 20:00 Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Simpsons 22:30 Numb3rs Arrow of Time. 00:20 Frasier 00:50 Married... Starring: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler. Jackson. 17:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. 01:00 C.S.I. 01:45 World Palooza
10:05 The Indian Doctor Part 4/10. The only people who don't seem to be experiencing any ennui are the schedulers at Nelonen, and you can bet your bottom dollar that there'll be at least another five voices of Finland in the very near future.
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Lauri Tähkä (back left), Elastinen, Michael Monroe and Paula Koivuniemi, judges on Voice of Finland, with the show's presenter, Axl Smith (front).. USA/2004. The most pot-and-kettle scenario occurred when Monroe had the cheek to criticise a Swedish-speaking Finnish contestant for her English accent! When she slyly suggested singing something in Swedish, Monroe spluttered an outraged refusal: Finnish or English ONLY!!! As if anything he's ever sung was renowned for its poetrylike lyrics. 20:00 From Garibaldi to Berlusconi 150 Years of Italian History DOC Part 1/2. 02:45 Flashpoint (K16)
19:00 Cuéntame Cómo Pasó In Spanish. 23:30 Numb3rs (K16) Bones of Contention. Denmark/2010. Carlos has become the godfather of all the European terrorism. What actually happened, of course, is that the judges were the only people to not see the singers, while the audience, who were the only ones with the power to decide who actually won, started making their minds up about them immediately. Whether he was the best over the whole season is debatable, but his tattooed biceps did win over two talented but chubby blokes who wouldn't have looked so good on an album cover, and one angry-looking woman, thereby reproving the pointlessness of the format. 08:55 Nigella Bites 09:30 A Baby Story 10:30 Property Virgins 13:00 A Baby Story 14:00 Property Virgins 14:30 Nigella Bites 15:05 How To Look Good Naked Canada 16:05 Life Unexpected 17:10 Married... Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Kelly. 21:00 Anvil! The Story of Anvil FILM Directed by Sacha Gervasi. Celebrities do all kind of oddities to their bodies. Starring: Eddie Murphy. Il Coraggio di Parlane. 21:30 Village Without Women DOC Documentary about single men in a Serbian mountain range who bring their new wives from Kosovo. 21:00 History: Civilisation Is the West History. 19:00 The King of Queens 19:30 3rd Rock From the Sun 20:30 Little Britain 21:00 Daddy Day Care FILM Directed by Steve Carr. Gaby decides to look for a well-paying job, while Lynette tries to win Tom back. 10:05 Emmerdale 11:05 Garfield the Movie FILM Directed by Pete Hewitt. Carlos' terrorist group resides in Budapest and is under the protection of Syria. With Children 20:00 America's Next Top Model 21:00 Desperate Housewives Any Moment. Starring: Matt Damon. 08:49 Flying Doctors 11:10 Don Matteo In Italian. Sharpe is furious and manages to cause trouble for the x-ray van. Directed by Paul Greengrass. 12:05 Fight of Fate DOC Directed by Mohammed El Aboudi. 18:00 American: The Bill Hicks Story DOC USA/2009. This was (is?) Nelonen's latest great `reality' show hope: a talent show based around some unique concept or other involving adjudicators who fulfilled their responsibilities through the unique act of judging the contestants based on their voices rather than superfluous stuff like the size of their boobs or biceps, depending on gender. 21:00 C.S.I. 23:50 Little Britain USA (K16) Part 1/6.
10:00 Mama kommt! FILM In Danish. 19:00 Human Planet DOC Part 8/8. 17:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. 21:00 Chick Fix 22:05 Winners & Losers 22:50 True Blood (K16) I Wish I Was the Moon. Unfortunately, this brilliant, revolutionary, Dutch-conceived model itself proved entirely superfluous after about ten minutes of the first episode. 22:20 Carlos (K16) Part 5/6. 00:25 Badass! (K18) 02:20 Relic Hunter
06:30 Around the World for Free 07:50 My Strange Addiction 13:10 The OCD Project 14:00 Big Spender 14:30 Cupcake Girls 15:00 Relic Hunter 15:55 Airport 16:30 America's Funniest Home Videos Two episodes. 20:30 My Family 21:00 This World: Spain's Stolen Babies DOC 22:05 The Long Kiss Goodnight (K16) FILM Directed by Renny Harlin. The police are tracking down the serial killer who has killed dozens of prostitutes and they're aided by an unexpected source. 23:35 Lie to Me 00:35 30 Rock
09:30 Water Life DOC 10:00 The Indian Doctor Part 3/10. DOC Part 2/6.
06:30 Little Britain 07:00 Airport 08:00 That 70's show 08:50 3rd Rock From the Sun 09:40 My Strange Addiction 13:10 X-Weighted: Families 14:00 Big Spender 14:30 The King of Queens 15:00 Relic Hunter 15:55 Airport 16:30 America's Funniest Home Videos 17:30 My Wife and Kids 18:00 That 70's show 19:00 The King of Queens 19:30 3rd Rock From the Sun 20:30 Little Britain 21:00 Hancock FILM Alcoholic John Hancock (Will Smith) is granted super powers and he becomes a superhero. 22:00 American Pickers 23:00 South Park 23:30 Fear Factory 00:50 JIM D Biography: Henry Winkler 01:50 Naked & Funny (K16) 02:20 Pawn Stars
13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 Crocodile Hunter Iron Chef UK Dragon's Den Canada Pawn Stars Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 18:00 Dragon's Den Canada 19:30 South Park 21:30 JIM D: Ax Men 22:30 Trigger Happy TV 23:30 South Park 00:00 Fear Factory 01:20 JIM D Crime: Cold Case Files: The Green River Killer (K16) 02:20 Naked & Funny (K16) 02:50 Pawn Stars
The Bourne Supremacy Sub 21:00
Ein Schnitzel für Drei YLE Teema 11:30
Nick Barlow email@example.com. 22:05 Prelude to a Fight DOC Denmark/2008. 17:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. 23:25 La Face Cachée des Fesses DOC In French.
13:00 Crocodile Hunter 14:00 Dinner Impossible 15:00 To Build or Not to Build 16:00 Extreme Fishing 17:00 Man vs Food 18:00 Dragon's Den Canada 19:30 South Park 20:00 Crocodile Hunter 21:00 JIM D Crime: Cold Case Files: The Green River Killer (K16) America's most infamous serial killer. 23:05 Inside the Human Body DOC Part 4/4.
The Long Kiss Goodnight T V1 22:05 07:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. 08:55 Marienhof In German. USA/2004. Directed by Srdjan Sarenac.
Rome Nelonen 01:55 07:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. The writer knows the art of channel surfing.
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After four months of interminable wailing, unnecessary light shows and needlessly bitchy judges, Voice of Finland is finally over. 15:00 Wreckreation Nation 15:55 Jamie's 30 Minute Meals 16:30 Marienhof In German. 16:15 Winzerkönig In German. A highlevel security navy reservist, who was taking part in secret operations in the Pentagon, is found dead in shady circumstances. As it happens, despite semi-rock god status, the latter celeb came across as something of a plonker. 19:00 Inside the Human Body DOC Part 4/4. USA/2006. 17:30 My Wife and Kids 18:00 That 70's show Two episodes. 23:10 C.S.I. 09:25 What Katie Did Next SERIES BEGINS. USA/2008. 13:00 Apocalyptica in Musiikkitalo 14:55 Lady Gaga presents the Monster Ball Tour 17:00 Jimmy's Global Harvest DOC Part 3/4. Starring: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt. Directed by Peter Berg. 17:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. Dividing Caesar's inheritance is driving a wedge between Octavianus and Antonius. New York (K16)
06:50 Children's Programming In Finnish. USA/2009. Surely the viewing public must be getting bored of essentially undistinguishable aptitude contests. 22:00 Men In Black FILM Awarded Oscars and the MT V Movie Award this film has gotten its fair share of recognition. 18:00 World Palooza 18:30 Will & Grace 19:00 Friends 19:30 Two and a Half Men 20:00 New Girl 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 The Bourne Supremacy FILM Jason Bourne is chased again after his finger prints are found at a crime scene. With Children 00:55 Ghost Whisperer 01:55 Rome (K16) Son of Hades. HELSINKI TIMES
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10:05 Emmerdale Two episodes. 11:30 Ein Schnitzel für Drei FILM In German. Bree is surprised when Andrew brings his new love home. USA/1996.
08:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. 21:00 Mildred Pierce Part 3/5. Miami 22:35 Ratkaisija 23:35 White Collar
07:45 Children's Programming In Finnish. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Directed by Ericson Core. 08:55 Nigella Bites 09:30 A Baby Story 10:30 Property Virgins 11:00 Invincible FILM A 30-year-old bartender from south Philadelphia overcame all odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. 22:00 Sex and the City 22:35 Sex and the City SEASON FINALE. 08:55 Marienhof In German. Petersburg 17:10 The Indian Doctor Part 5/10. NYPD officer Edwards (Will Smith) is hired by a super-secret team to keep an eye on aliens living on earth. With Children 21:00 Navy NCIS Psych out. USA/2004. Perhaps the worst thing about the show were the judges themselves: Elastinen, one half of the popular Finnish rap group Finntelligens; Lauri Tähkä, a moderately admired singer; the omnipres-
ent Paula Koivuniemi; and the most celebrity of them all, Michael Monroe of Hanoi Rocks fame. After all the hype it ended up as just another identikit sing-along a talent contest to be honest, albeit with some dark mutterings of rigged voting, not that anyone should really give a damn either way. 22:35 C.S.I. The Van. New York (K16) SEASON FINALE. Six episodes. Mikko Sipola (a thoroughly nice chap from my home town of Ekenäs, by the way) was the victor. 13:00 Doctors 14:05 Bleep My Dad Says Two episodes. 17:05 The Young and the Restless 18:00 Emmerdale Two episodes. The format revolves around the idea that even a really ugly member of Joe Public might win if they possess the voice of an angel. Since the judges, having thrown in their lot with one or another of the wannabees, also turned their chairs around and saw who was making all that noise, the contest almost immediately ceased to be only about the voices. With Children 01:20 MotoGP SPORT 02:20 Grey's Anatomy
06:50 Children's Programming In Finnish. Starring: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Eddie Marsan. Anyway, Monroe didn't do too well as none of his chosen ones won. Guest starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Sunlight destroys DNA and the air we breathe can contain deadly microbes. I got bored of them five years ago. 12:50 Doctors 13:50 Amazing Race 14:50 Two and a Half Men 18:00 Emmerdale 21:00 Cougar Town SERIES CONTINUES. Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub. 23:00 5D: Body Shockers (K16) Part 1. 13:00 A Baby Story 14:00 Property Virgins 14:30 Nigella Bites 15:05 How to Look Good Naked Canada 16:05 Wipeout UK 17:10 Married... 19:00 Un Village Français In French. 11:05 Yle News in English 12:30 Doctors 17:10 The Indian Doctor Part 4/10. USA/2003
Will this finally solve the mystery surrounding the neighbour. 23:15 Frasier 23:45 Married... 08:55 Marienhof In German. 22:05 Ice Road Truckers Deadliest Ice Roads. 17:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. In this documentary in the light of the newest studies, the significance of the Sphinx, and also how it was built, are explained. 17:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. Historical drama picturing the conflicts between papal armies, commanded by Giovanni de'Medici, and Charles V's mercenary armies. 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 Will & Grace 19:00 Friends 19:30 Two and a Half Men 20:00 2 Broke Girls 20:30 The Simpsons 22:30 Bones 23:30 Cops With Cameras 00:30 The X Files 01:25 Numb3rs
06:50 Children's Programming In Finnish. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. 20:30 Outnumbered 22:40 Pan Am
06:30 Little Britain 07:00 Airport 08:00 That 70's show 08:50 3rd Rock From the Sun 09:40 Punk'd 13:10 Packed to the Rafters 14:00 Big Spender 14:30 The King of Queens 15:00 Relic Hunter 15:55 Airport 16:30 America's Funniest Home Videos 17:30 My Wife and Kids 18:00 That 70's show 19:00 The King of Queens 19:30 3rd Rock From the Sun 21:00 The Aviator FILM Awarded with five Oscars, this biographylike drama tells the tale of aviator, engineer and film producer Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) from the 1920s to the 1940s. In the third season the truckers drive from Alaska's Fairbanks to the shores of the Arctic Ocean in Prudhoe Bay. 23:00 Tsernobõli Samuraid DOC
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08:00 Sturm der Liebe In German. 08:55 Nigella Bites 09:30 A Baby Story 10:30 Property Virgins 13:00 A Baby Story 14:00 Property Virgins 14:30 Nigella Bites 15:05 How To Look Good Naked Canada 16:05 Wipeout UK 17:10 Married... 15:55 Jamie's 30 Minute Meals 16:30 Marienhof In German. 19:00 History: Riddles of the Sphinx DOC The Sphinx of Giza is a 4500old massive statue, the origins of which are unknown. 19:55 Roger and Val Have Just Come in Part 1/6. 12:30 Doctors 16:00 Gannets DOC 17:10 The Indian Doctor Part 6/10. 05:20 Relic Hunter
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1) Which city was the capital of Finland before Helsinki. Directed by Ermanno Olmi. 19:30 Au siècle de Maupassant: Contes et Nouvelles du XIXeme Siècle FILM In French.Late in the evening young med student's door is knocked on. 30
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The Aviator T V5 21:00 07:00 Children's Programming In Finnish. 02:45 Men Behaving Badly 03:20 Navy NCIS 04:05 5D: Body Shockers (K16) Part 1. Rossetti and Lizzie are enjoying the fruits of yet undone work and their patron advises them to calm down. A) Rubber boots B) Torn trousers C) A white cap 3) Ateneum Art Museum is currently showing paintings from Aleksi Gallen-Kallela's time in which country. In the second part, list toppers such as light bulb, vacuum cleaner and air condition are under scrutiny. 14:00 Tabatha's Salon Takeover SERIES BEGINS. Derek thinks that they're getting racist glances when he's at the hospital with Zola, while Lexie's shift at the newborns' intensive care unit gets her emotional. A) A Chinese diplomat B) An erotic dancer C) A known criminal
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10:00 The Indian Doctor Part 5/10. Hughes' life was coloured with a mental illness that in the end caused his downfall. Starring: Eddie Murphy. 21:45 Il Mestiere Delle Armi FILM In Italian. Christina suspects that Owen is cheating on her with a nurse. A) Pori B) Turku C) Porvoo 2) For vappu celebrations it is traditional for students to wear which. Jack Jessee takes off on a 5.5 meters wide module on a narrow and serpentine road. USA/2003. A) A military fortress B) A zoo C) A leper colony 5) Under-pressure MP Ilkka Kanerva was previously in the spotlight over sms messages with whom. 00:20 Call Me Fitz 01:00 Daddy Day Care FILM Directed by: Steve Carr. Always polite, but silent his neighbour asks him to tend to his wounds. 15:00 Supersize vs Superskinny! SERIES BEGINS. In the opening episode new truckers are presented along with the old acquintances. USA/Germany/2004. Popular Mechanics' magazine has listed 101 gadgets that have changed the world. With Children
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10:05 Emmerdale 13:00 Doctors 14:00 Economy Gastronomy 15:10 How I Met Your Mother 17:05 The Young and the Restless 18:00 Emmerdale 21:00 C.S.I. Heat is becoming a problem to the men. 08:48 Flying Doctors 09:35 Yle Live: The Raveonettes 14:55 This World: Spain's Stolen Babies DOC 16:15 Winzerkönig In German. 22:00 Desperate Romantics Part 5/6
Money exchange offices are mainly open as per usual on 30 April. Last summer, I got the compliment of my life. VR runs according to the normal Monday timetable on 30 April. The sunburnt skin of young people at the many swimming places, the murky cold water, but people still enjoying a dip to `wash their winter coats off'. The first midnight sun when you talk into the night with your friends and wake up two hours later to see that it's still somewhere bobbing in the horizon. Most shops are closed on 1 May except for the grocery stores at Helsinki Central Railway Station and grocery stores in Kamppi. Public transport. Summer strawberries and market squares, were you can buy all sorts of potted herbs you can kill slowly by yourself, and fresh fish or deep fried whiting and have an ice cream cone while be-
ing i mobbed by all kinds of bb d b ll ki d seagulls. And of course, watching the sea of Finns turn from melancholic souls to these smiling, almost jolly, people that talk to you on the bus and offer directions. No need to go bird watching, just have an ice cream cone by the sea and they will come to you! Dancing with an overly energetic grandpa in a summer-dance hall while some band plays Fever and sings, in Finnish, songs by Frank Sinatra. But with that, is the natural pessimism that you just have to love about Finland. Alko. These are open from 10 am to 9 pm on 1 May. No one really cares though, because the sun is shining and summer is coming. HELSINKI TIMES
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Shopping hours. Internet. Long nights that are bright, the smell of sausages on the grill, the sound of people laughing as they eat out in their gardens, the smoke sauna heating up and the woodstove crackling and hissing and popping. The outdoor flea markets where you can bargain and flirt with grandmothers over handmade crochet curtains, the outdoor terraces where you can have a drink and watch the world go by, pretending you're in Paris, but still being able to wear your pyjamas and no one would care.
Lazing on a boat in the h middle of a lake and listening to the sounds of the water lapping against the sides. Pharmacies. Even if it is terribly short, it makes everything so much sweeter, because there is this sense of urgency - that you have to cram as much as possible into that little window of perfection. Most post offices as well as banks will open as usual on 30 April and will be closed on 1 May. Saturday's timetable is used on 1 May from 6 am onwards. We welcome You to experience the beneficial effects of our treatments on your health and well-being and to breathe new life into the spring together!
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Restaurants. The public mat and carpet washing places filled with people thwacking and scrubbing away at their rag rugs, the smell of pine soap in the air. Shops are open to 6 pm on 30 April. And of course the mosquitoes that hum in the evening in your ear, only to disappear when you turn on the light to hunt them down. Open toed sandals and green grass to sit on as you read your book in the middle of the city. At these public terminals internet use is usually free of charge. Public transport in the Helsinki region will run according to Friday's timetable on 30 April and according to Saturday's timetable on 1 May. The downsides, maniacs on scooters riding on the pavements and overly energised hormones, which I blame on an excess of vitamin D, but even that doesn't really matter. Most hotels as well as the Helsinki Tourist Office and Helsinki's General Post Office have a computer terminal. A general example: `Vappu is next week, can you believe it?' `Yeah, and then it'll be summer after that, and before you know it Midsummer.' `Yup, then summer is over and winter will be here.' It's like we fast-forwarded past summer and zoomed over all the good bits. More information at www.hsl.fi.
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is shining and I'm looking out at my garden, which is covered in clumps of snow and bits of tulip leaves poking out here and there. Transport. Internet Cafés. Currency Exhange. The Finnish spring has arrived, and the snow is melting with a vengeance - but with it all the blobs it has concealed are being released into this soup of yuck. Yliopiston apteekki (tel. The festivals and general merriment of staying up late and listening to good music. Restaurants in the Helsinki area can be found from the internet service www.eat.fi, which provides information on restaurants, their menus, opening hours and some user rating etc. There are so many things to love about the Finnish
summer. Also, some of the Change Group's offices are open in the city centre and at the airport. In a number of Finnish towns public internet posts are quite rare due to extensive per-person internet use at home. Café Aalto, 2nd floor, Akateeminen kirjakauppa, Pohjoisesplanadi 39; Telecenter, Vuorikatu 8; Netcup, Aleksanterinkatu 52; mbar, located in the Lasipalatsi complex, Mannerheimintie 22-24. Spring and summer, you can take your sweet time to get to Finland, but really, summer is magical once it gets here.