All that glitters may be gold! (Kunal Majumder)

Sunday, 10 of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
Kunal Majumder (India)


Special food and a modern hut (kota) in Lapland. Photo: Kunal Majumder.Special food and a modern hut (kota) in Lapland. Photo: Kunal Majumder.

After an exciting four days at Lapland, it was a time to say goodbye. However the Lappish were not willing to part way without showing us the most ‘precious’ of their jewels – the gold mine!

Before going to the airport on our way back to Helsinki, we took a bus to the Paavo Holmisto gold claim. Paavo along with his wife Salli welcomed us and showed us around. Paavo has been a gold miner for a long time now. He looks like those traditional gold diggers from the Hollywood movies with a cowboy hat and long boots. He told us that searching for gold and other precious stone is a never ending passion for him.

Paavo took us to the mines where gold diggers were working, searching for something glittering. When Katri told us that recently a large gold nugget was found at the same mines, we got more interested. We wanted to know whether we can keep the gold nuggets or the stones in case we find them. Of course, said Paavo, provided you pay the mining license fee. Well, that was not something we had in mind.

Paavo has been a gold miner for a long time now. He looks like those traditional gold diggers from the Hollywood movies with a cowboy hat and long boots. Photo: Kunal Majumder.Paavo has been a gold miner for a long time now. He looks like those traditional gold diggers from the Hollywood movies with a cowboy hat and long boots. Photo: Kunal Majumder.

Anyways, we had our luck. Paavo found two small, rather tiny, precious stones and a gold particle which he gifted to the FCP team. Katri promised to gift it to some of us after a competition. We are eagerly waiting…

Paavo and Salli were very kind to invite us for a lunch of soup and pancake in their camp. Though some of us were freezing and preferred the fire inside the cone cabins, still the fun of eating under the sky was a different charm!

Salli was also told us how she had come to the gold mine as a tourist and fell in love with Paavo and the place. We also met Paavo’s cat who seems to be very famous personality in the international cat society! Paavo proudly showed us her pictures in a Japanese feline magazine.

Our official schedule ended when Finnair took us back to the national capital. Most of us were very tired and hit the bed as soon as we reached the hostel. Of course there are some who always manage to find a time and a place to say ‘kippis’!!!

By Kunal

44 thoughts on “All that glitters may be gold! (Kunal Majumder)”

  1. Hi! I love clothes and following the fashion during years and different times. Marimekko is also nowadays very fashion-conscious… more than earlier with a lot of flowers etc.

  2. hi Owen,loved ur post,u sound really ambitious and ready for anything..gud luck man.I am in South Africa and would like to visit Finland.

  3. Hi Susanna! Nice to know that your first impression of summer in Finland was positive. We are so dependent on the weather, especially in the summertime. Most people look at first in the morning whether we have today sunny or rainy day. Rainy days are sometimes welcome also…. Says who is living in Helsinki Finland… Have a nice and useful time during your FC-programme in August!

  4. Hey you guys, I hope you having a time this year. We had a blast last year. FCP rocks.


  5. yes, have a nice time in Finland! I hope you will have better weather than we had last year!!

  6. well… Names could be difficult, but you can easily distinguish butter from cat food, I guess… 😉 Good luck next time!

  7. You founded a lot of vital things. Especially the forest is a Finn’s church. It may also be a sea, lake or river, a mountain area in Lapland… A mug of fresh coffee with a lot of milk is also my way to start the day, afternoon. Raili

  8. Nice… I envy you! The military day was something I missed last year. Good that you had it in your programme!

  9. Thank you for the good post Ahmad. People were talking about it over coffee today and were very pleased to see a more serious opinion about the society. About the political parties one can naturally have different opinions but I will just correct one fact: the electoral participation in the latest parliamentary elections (2007) was 68 per cent (luckily not 40 per cent as you wrote).

  10. Hi! You wrote just the points what can imagine many Finns are missing nowadays. Maybe the students do that all the time, but not the middle-aged persons. They mainly follow that Culture of Consensus… in both the private and the public sector. The competition, that is so unfamiliar to me and many others. Missing of all competition makes people restful, but gives not food or fortune to a businessman or company… Raili

  11. Thank you Riika for your appreciation and correction. I should have checked the information told to me more than once. Sorry for that mistake, but I think its a good lesson for me to learn not to take any information or numbers from one source only.

  12. Wow…impressive information and I appreciate the comparisons.
    The photos are truly professional.

    Great work my dear!

  13. Hi Marc! You have a very interesting article. We can see, that Alvar Aalto, Ittala, Marimekko and Arabia are not only the names. They are an important part of Finnish design. Marimekko produced in their Collection Autumn and Winter 2010/11 something that I could want for myself too. For instance from designers: Mika Piirainen, Joanna Vanderpuije and Nora Iknadossian (

  14. I liked the read. Felt like just the other day when we sat in the class listening to him. I remembered the debate we had about it after the lecture and the fact that we had all agreed he told his story confidently. Nicely captured Finn!

  15. What is significant here is that all of these companies are old. Not a single new Finnish company has achieved anything even close to the success and visibility of these old, wonderful veterans. Perhaps it was the Finnish thinking of SOME TIME AGO that produced these winners but that same thinking is not visible today?

  16. Enrique my friend… I would give you the Pulitzer for this piece of writing if I could… great read.. brought back all my memories…

  17. Hi Martino! I liked very much your article from Rovaniemi, Lapland, but I had not time then to comment. My favourite places in Lapland are Saariselkä, Levi, Ylläs and Pallas. Now have been a long break. I was 1998 in Saariselkä, but some day I go again…. to the North Finland.

  18. Enrique, my friend, you brought some joyfull tears to my eyes… great moments… and the clouds cried when we left…

  19. You have just opened the floodgates of my eyes once again. Thank you for this brilliant recollection of our time. Nothing quiet like it!

  20. I can see that my once young friend has come to full blossom and spread her wings all over. Well thought, expressed and executed my dear Sandra.

  21. I agree. Read this. Have a good cry, by Victor M Parachin. “One reason people might feel better after crying could be because they are removing, in their tears, chemicals that build up during emotional stress. Most people, however, find the tears flowing when they read a touching story or have thoughts of past sadness”.

  22. I knew something about Finns and you wrote everything. It has been nice article. 🙂

  23. Glad to see you guys are having plenty of fun. Treasure these moments and open your eyes to the beauty that is Finland.

  24. I liked this. You managed to condense a message – Nordic Cooperation – Great Example for South Caucasus – into a few sentences.

  25. Thank you, I hope that people for our region will like this idea. We need it so much

  26. This is a good idea if we also consider that Armenia,Georgia and Azerbaijan have an experience of being considered as one country. Examples are Transcaucasian Federation which unluckily lasted very short period of time and USSR where the people were living under the same government with other 12 countries. So taking into consideration last experiences this can happen theoretically but a huge issue is the hatred which is being spread by governments of conflicting countries towards each other.
    Thank you, Arman for a great article and showing the light in the tunnel for those who think there are no solutions to conflicts in Transcaucasia.

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