Return to Rovaniemi

One of the things I was most excited about in the FCP alumni program was a return to Rovaniemi and a reintroduction to the Arctic Circle. I have long been fascinated with Arctic issues. Since my last trip to Finland in 2013 the Arctic has resurfaced as a big topic in geopolitics – and, according to Timo Koivurova, Director of the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre, not always with the nuance ...  (continue reading)

Rediscovering Finland’s charm and virtues

I had the good fortune to be selected as an FCP participant in 2013, and it was then that I had my first full experience of the sauna, of salmon, and of course Santa Claus. I enjoyed the whimsy of Marimekko and sampled a tenderloin of reindeer meat cooked to perfection with eighteen of my newfound friends. These pleasant experiences and many more have stayed with me, but so have the values that ...  (continue reading)