Muxlim, the past, present and future (Berza Simsek, Turkey)

19 October, 2011
By  Berza Simsek (Turkey)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

Imagine a 26 year old guy, shown twice among “500 Most Influential Muslims”, and leading a website where 25 million people in 190 countries meet. Imagine the same guy has won 2009 Internationalization Awards which was presented by the President ...  (continue reading)

When culture takes over the city: Helsinki Festival and The Night of the Arts (Taisa Sganzerla, Brazil)

22 September, 2011
By  Taisa Sganzerla (Brazil)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

Helsinki Festival is the largest multi-arts festival in Finland. It attracts almost 300,000 people every year in the late summer, and has been held since 1968. Prior to that, the festival concentrated on events related to classical music, using Jean Sibelius’ ...  (continue reading)

The Magic of Rovaniemi – “When we pet and fed and ate reindeers…” (Ekatha Ann John, India)

The Magic of Rovaniemi
“When we pet and fed and ate reindeers…"

20 September, 2011
By Ekatha Ann John (India)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

Meeting Santa Claus in Rovaniemi

The moon had a celestial ring to it, the ancient forests looked like wizened men swaying to the cadence of the chilly Artic winds, an invisible brush painted the sky in rich hues of orange, red and yellow, a distant chime pervaded our senses …welcome to ...  (continue reading)

Yes sir, Finns play rugby! (Clément Beuselinck-Doussin, France) [copy]

13 September, 2011
By Clément Beuselinck-Doussin (France)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

Finns play rugby

5 259 250 inhabitants in Finland. 374 rugby players. My blog could stop here; everything has been said: rugby is insignificant in this Nordic country. An evidence? Finland is ranked 93rd in the ...  (continue reading)

Online espresso, printed latte (Francisco de Borja Durán Real, Spain)

13 September, 2011
By Francisco de Borja Durán  (Spain)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

Media placement day at Iltalehti 

Two sparrows irrupted in, disturbing chatter and everyone’s breakfast for a minute. It was a stylish cafeteria in the centre of Helsinki; glossy paraphernalia, high ceilings, mirrors on the walls and columns… All of it altered perception ...  (continue reading)

Hiking in the Lapland Wilderness; Pieni Karhunkierros (Siân Lewis, Great Britain)

13 September, 2011
By Siân Lewis (Great Britain)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

It doesn’t get much more authentically Finnish than waking up in Lapland in a cosy log cabin overlooking a misty lake in the middle of nowhere, having a breakfast of rye porridge, salmon and cheese and heading off for a walk along the attractively ...  (continue reading)

Ruka rapids (Sian Lewis, Great Britain)

Team Reindeer

31 August, 2011
By Sian Lewis (Great Britain)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

White water rafting does not involve the most attractive outfit in the world. Over your normal clothes go thick rubber dungarees, a coat of the same shiny blue material, wellington boots a few sizes too big, a lifejacket so well padded you can perform sumo ...  (continue reading)

My Work Placement Day (Daniela Späth, Germany)

30 August, 2011
By Daniela Späth (Germany)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

On my media work placement day I had the chance to visit the Finnish news editorial on Channel Four called Nelosen uutiset (www.nelonen.fi). Even though I have been visiting many different broadcasting stations in my country and in the United States, it was nevertheless interesting ...  (continue reading)

White water magic (Sarah Baldiserra, San Marino)

White water magic
 

30 August, 2011
By Sarah Baldiserra (San Marino)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

White water drafting

There is a place where shamanic spells and water sports meet. In the forest where centuries ago, witches cast spells, a river is flowing. Now the witches are gone and have left only graves and drums for us to see, but their magic is still there. It is in the birch leaves fluttering ...  (continue reading)

Extreme YLE (Sarah Baldiserra, San Marino)

Extreme YLE
 

30 August, 2011
By Sarah Baldiserra (San Marino)
Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP)
in Finland in August 2011

Sometimes unexpected things happen. Sometimes you expect a certain situation, and it turns out to be the exact opposite. This is what happened on Tuesday, 16th of August 2011, on my “Work Placement Day in the Finnish Media”. It consisted ...  (continue reading)