Finland, Finns, FinnishPosted by Sylvie Hendrickx Wed, December 07, 2011 14:18:12
Finnish mulled wine is flavoured with cinnamon
Red wine is Finns’ favoured yuletide tipple. According to
the state-run alcohol monopoly Alko, red wine sales usually increase by 50
percent in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.
The fortnight before December 25 sees more than 1.5 million
litres of red wine taken home from Alko stores, while sales of white and
sparkling wine can be expected to rise by between 70 and 75 percent.
Christmas is also a good time for cognac producers. Sales of
three star VS cognac are three times higher than normal at this time of year,
VSOP cognac sales are expected to be six times greater than usual, and
high-grade XO cognac sales experience a seven-fold increase. Altogether around
200,000 litres of cognac are sold in the run-up to Christmas, and the most
popular grade is VS cognac.
Alko also expects to sell some 580,000 litres of ready-mixed
Finnish mulled wine, or glögi, over the festive season.
From: yle.fi, dd 07/12/2011
Finland, Finns, FinnishPosted by Sylvie Hendrickx Mon, December 05, 2011 17:01:20
closes down for Independence Day
celebrates Independence Day on Tuesday. The public holiday brings changes to
public transport and opening hours.
liquor stores, banks and post offices will keep their doors closed on Tuesday.
Long-distance train services will run on Sunday timetables on Tuesday. For more
information, see the state railways VR website. Local transport also runs
according to Sunday timetables.
traditional Finnish independence day celebrations in Helsinki start with a
torchlit procession of students from Hietaniemi Cemetery to the Senate Square
at 5pm. Similar events are held in other Finnish cities.
President’s Independence day reception will begin at 7pm, with live TV coverage
on YLE TV, radio and online. The reception and students’ procession will cause
disruption to traffic from around 6pm in central Helsinki.
parliament declared independence on 6 December 1917. Before that, the country
had been part of Sweden, and later became a Grand Duchy in the Russian empire.
From: yle.fi, dd 05/12/2011
Tourism (pics:stvillinger.be)Posted by Sylvie Hendrickx Sun, December 04, 2011 22:52:21
IX founded the city of Oulu in 1605 in the mouth of the Oulu River. The Oulu
River delta is an ancient trading centre. From a city of tar and salmon engaged
in international trade, Oulu has developed into a competence centre of 141.000
residents, well-known within high-tech circles all over the world.
from around the world find Oulu in numbers increasing each year. Oulu is easy
to reach from the big centres of Europe. This, together with the busy airport
in Oulunsalo, has made Oulu an excellent choice for holidays and conferences.
The Four Seasons
indeed easy to reach Oulu any time of year. Bright, warm summers and cold,
snow-rich winters are both present in the cycle of seasons. Versatile shopping,
cultural and restaurant services guarantee unforgettable experiences for
travellers. Oulu hosts events throughout the year. Especially the summer is a
time for numerous interesting events - such as Reindeer Feria and Air Guitar
World Championships - that spice up the wide selection of events Oulu has to
Experiences for Kids
plenty to do and experience for visitors of all ages, including the youngest
ones in the family. For instance Science Centre Tietomaa, the Vauhtipuisto
speed park, the Oulun Eden spa and the wonderful Nallikari beach will be warmly
remembered by the smallest travellers too. Thanks to the wide Oulu region,
nature experiences are close to you.
Tourism (pics:stvillinger.be)Posted by Sylvie Hendrickx Sun, December 04, 2011 22:49:44
Turku is a
fascinating combination of both old and new. Turku has everything for the
modern urbanite, but also for tourists interested in the treasures of history.
Turku offers skilled and educated workforce, modern municipal engineering, good
international connections and flexible services for companies and businesses.
Turku is a
city of three institutions of higher education and high technology. In addition
to the University of Turku and the Turku School of Economics and Business, the
city is the home of the country's only Swedish-speaking institute of higher
education, Åbo Akademi. The city can also offer studies at Turku University of
Applied Sciences, Sydväst University of Applied Sciences, Humak University of
Applied Sciences and Diaconia University of Applied Sciences. The city
has altogether approx. 35, 000 higher education students.
and businesses work in close co-operation at the Turku Technology Centre, which
units are BioCity, DataCity, ElectroCity, EuroCity and the Old Mill. The degree
programmes in animation, advertising and circus studies at Turku University of
Applied Sciences are unique in Finland.
As the most
famous cultural city in Finland, Turku offers many different types of events
round the year. For example, the oldest rock festival in Europe, Ruisrock, and
the bit younger city festival, Down by the Laituri, are held in Turku in the
summertime. In addition, the Medieval Market, Music Festival Aurajoki Virtaa
and the Turku Music Festival are also part of the summer in Turku.
wintertime the official Christmas City of Finland is filled with numerous
performances, events and Christmas markets. The Christmastime culminates in the
Ecumenical Christmas, and of course in the proclamation of Christmas peace on
Christmas Eve from the balcony of the Brinkkala building, which is televised
Tourism (pics:stvillinger.be)Posted by Sylvie Hendrickx Sun, December 04, 2011 22:45:01
lapping at its wooden mooring-posts in front of picturesque timber houses,
Naantali (Swedish: Nådendal) is one of Finland's most idyllic port towns and
makes a great, and popular, day-trip destination from Turku - it's only 18km
get over the shock of the summertime crowds - and the fact that the majority of
them are making a beeline for a children's theme park - it's difficult not to
like Naantali. The compact boat-filled harbour is ringed with pleasant cafés
and restaurants, the cobbled Old Town has a quaint (if slightly dressed up)
old-world feel, and there's plenty of sights and shopping to occupy an
afternoon. The main attraction for all those Finnish families is Moominworld, a
theme park celebrating characters from the storybooks by Tove Jansson. Out of
season, Naantali is pretty quiet, and feels a little like a filmset after the
actors have gone home.
Tourism (pics:stvillinger.be)Posted by Sylvie Hendrickx Sun, December 04, 2011 22:43:35
Finland's major winter-sports centres, Lahti is a modern town about 100km north
of Helsinki. It's a good place to go if you're interested in skiing, with a
good museum on the sport, alongside the city's frighteningly high ski jumps.
Lahti has hosted several world championships, most recently in 2001.
1905, the city isn't hugely interesting in other respects, and lacks anything
that could be called an 'old town'. Most of the downtown area, in fact,
consists of a series of linked shopping centres. The 10, 000 Karelian refugees
who arrived after WWII have contributed their entrepreneurial spirit to what
the locals call the 'Business City'. Lahti does make a good base for visiting
nearby attractions. Its location by Vesijärvi (which is connected to Lake
Päijänne) makes it the obvious place to start a ferry trip to Jyväskylä. One of
the largest lakes in Finland, Päijänne provides Helsinki with tap water.
News about educationPosted by Sylvie Hendrickx Sun, December 04, 2011 19:44:42
Finnish parents find monthly or weekly allowances to be an effective way of
teaching children to handle money.
Finnish parents are more inclined than parents in other Nordic countries to use money
to encourage their children to work hard at school. This is the finding of a
recent survey conducted by Nordea bank across the Nordic region.
From: helsinkitimes.fi, dd 01/12/2011
NewsPosted by Sylvie Hendrickx Sun, December 04, 2011 19:27:51
Babies sleep better in subzero temps
Finnish custom of putting babies to sleep outdoors in winter now has scientific
backing. A study by the University of Oulu finds that babies who take their
naps outside in the fresh air sleep up to three times as long as those
when it was -11 degrees Celsius, ten-month old twins Anni and Aatu slept 3.5
hours outside, but this morning they just took a one-hour nap inside,” says mom
Outi Rajanen, echoing study findings.
precautions should, however, be taken when putting infants to sleep outdoors,
notes researcher Marjo Tourula. Babies need to be bundled warmly and should not
be left out for extended periods.
to Tourola, -5C is the optimal temperature for outside slumber. The study
indicated that parents seem to know how to dress their babies adequately at
practice of parking sleeping babies outside became widespread nearly a century
ago, when it was first promoted by the father of Finland's maternal health
clinic system, Arvo Ylppö.
From: yle.fi, dd 02/12/2011