The sweet Finnish feeling (Kunal Majumder)

Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
22 September 2008
Kunal Majumder (India)

Twenty hours after FCP was unbearable. Even traumatic. To bid goodbye to friends, with whom we spent 30 days and nights, was a very difficult job. Equally impossible was to leave a beautiful and hospitable country like Finland. Believe me it was very hard. For almost three-four days I was, what you call, Finland sick.

Recently ...  (continue reading)

Arrival at Porvoo – The “ship and boat” day and fishing for nothing (Lai Yuet Ling, Joyce)

Friday, 22 of August 2008
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Lai Yuet Ling, Joyce

It was time to depart for Porvoo, the Swedish speaking medieval town. Photo byJoyce. Enlarged copy of photo.

Probably it’s the longest day in the second half of our programme. The 10a.m. to 11p.m. programme reminds me the first few days when we were always rushing. Time really flies and this is already our 22nd day in Finland.

In this rarely-seen sunny day, we had our last trip outside Helsinki. Today’s ...  (continue reading)

Getting to the end… the last official day of our programme (Renata Betti)

Thursday, 28 of August 2008
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Renata Betti

Today was our last official day of the programme, as tomorrow we will only present our individual projects and get our certificates from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. I have to admit we are all quite tired from this intensive month but even though our energies are not the same as they were a few weeks ago, we had ...  (continue reading)

Visit to Fazer… the company of candies in Vantaa (Christina Huh)

Wednesday, 27 of August 2008
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Christina Huh

If we had any doubts about gaining weight from this food-intensive month, the field trip to the Cloetta chocolate company ensured we gained the (unofficially requisite) four kilograms for FCP program participants.

“The only problem you have is that you get fat,” said Maljen Fazer, the great-granddaughter of the ...  (continue reading)

The meaning of integration (Maite Perez de Canclares)

Tuesday, 26 of August 2008
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Maite Perez de Canclares

“ ¿ The meaning of integration? ; to be accepted as I am…with my language, my tradition and my toughts” said Miranda Vuolasranta, Vice President of European Roma and Travellers Forum(ERTF). All minorities have to be taken care by the country that hosts them…and this is what Finland is doing with ...  (continue reading)

The Finnish way of football…. go HJK! (Daniel Duben, Germany)

Monday, 25 of August 2008
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Daniel Duben, Germany

Sometimes it is neither common language nor a shared cultural heritage which connects people. Sometimes it is sports in general or football (for all our American friends: Yes – it is football not soccer) in particular that makes strangers becoming friends. A good example for this thesis could be found at Monday ...  (continue reading)

“Day 12” was definitely a special day (Gaelle Pialot)

Tuesday, 12 of August 2008
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Gaëlle Pialot


On the same day, the FCP participants met the Moomins and the President of the Republic of Finland. If you try to find a link between whimsical woodland creatures and Tarja Halonen, you wıll not. Except that they are almost neighbours.

As we were about to meet the most important person of this country, we had been ...  (continue reading)

A little bit of sports, a little bit of design and a little bit of free time (Asli Saglam)

Monday, 18 of August 2008
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Asli Saglam (Turkey)

Its been already 18 days and most of us think that time flies away. We experienced a lot, saw many places, met many important people.

Today is one of the days that we get to spend in Helsinki. A little bit of sports a little bit of the city and a little bit of free time…

One of the neighborhoods in Helsinki, ...  (continue reading)

Fun, fashion and the Foreign minister – Last Sunday of FCP (Kunal and Gabriella)

Sunday, 24 of August 2008
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Part: 1: Kunal Majumder (India)

Look whom we bumped into at Marimekko Fashion show…

While most of our FCP friends went to Tallinn, Christina and I decided to go for the Spring/Summer collection show of design giant Marimekko. My project for FCP is on Finnish Fashion and Marimekko is one of the case studies. The other is Ivana Helsinki.

After the fashion show I had brief chat with Mrs Innes-Stubb and she offered to take a photo of us, Mr minister with Christina and me. Photographer: Mrs Suzanne Innes-Stubb.

So Sunday, all dressed up, we went to see Finnish ...  (continue reading)

Finnish economy day (Owen Hall)

Thursday, 21 of August 2008
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Owen Howell

On this day, we learnt about the economy and were hosted by Mr Mikko Koivumaa of Finfacts, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting Finnish business interests.

Mr Jussi Mustonen, director of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK). Photo: Christina Huh.

told us a little about the lobbying system and political aims of Finnish corporations.

Although it is essential that domestic industries have a collective voice, ...  (continue reading)