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.

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 ...  (continue reading)

From the transparent parliamentary system to the informal journalism of Helsingin Sanomat (Sergey Surovtsev)

Wednesday, 20 of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
Sergey Surovtsev (Russia)

…20 August. It was not so heavy day as we have had before, for instance, in the beginning of the FCP’2008. Firstly, we met all together at the customary for us address Kanavakatu, 3C and discussed schedule for the rest of the days. But before it FCP participants managed bought tickets for the Viking ...  (continue reading)

The journey in Lapland continues (Catarina Sousa)

Saturday, 9 of August 2008
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Catarina Sousa

Hello! This is Catarina, from Portugal. The journey in Lapland continues. This is our last they in the North of Finland, feeling the nature and the inside culture of the finnish people. Indeed, I think that this day, at least for me, was the mirror of the finnish way of living.

On the top of the hill. Photo: Catarina Sousa.

All our day was related with nature. After ...  (continue reading)

By VR from Helsinki to Lapland – first stop Seinäjoki (Owen Howell)

Wednesday, 6 of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
Owen Howell

…the city of Seinäjoki – which is about 350km North West of Helsinki in South Ostrobothnia…

The city is dominated by the austere, functionalist architecture of Alvar Aalto. Photo: Owen Howell.

Minutes after the train leaves Helsinki’s bustling station, the landscape dissolves into forest: an apt illustration of the great contrasts between Finland’s small, organised capital, and the vast expanse of its exterior.

Here, settlements sit back-to-back with the natural landscape, and the people are said ...  (continue reading)

Turku, Åland and the Baltic Sea (Miho Dobrasin)

Wednesday, 13 of August 2008
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Miho Dobrasin


After we hited the town previous day, or better to say local pub, we went to the city hall to hear something about the place where we drank almost everything.

Despite Turku lost its position as the capital of Finland in 1809, which was by the way decision of Russia, this city will be again center of Finland. And ...  (continue reading)

Morning in Seinäjoki and by the “evening train” to Rovaniemi (Hasina Mjingo)

Thursday, 7 of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
By Hasina Mjingo


Its 8:30 in the morning, the (18) FCP participants are having their breakfast at Elli Luoma’s main house. It’s easy to know where the kitchen is located. All you have to do is follow the wonderful aroma of variety of food such, bread, eggs, fish, salad and porridge just to name a few.

We spent the night at ...  (continue reading)

Rovaniemi – the capital of Lapland (Spyridoula)

Friday, 8 of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
Spyridoula (from Greece)

Hello everybody!

I am Spyridoula from Greece!

Today we continued our trip to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland . The schedule was tight like usual. In the morning we had a nice breakfast at the Pohjanhovi hotel where we had spend the previous night. The weather was around 12 degrees and it was raining. After breakfast, Mr. Matti ...  (continue reading)

The Finnish Media Landscape (Matus Demko)

Tuesday, 5th of August 2008
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Matus Demko

Eighteen participants of Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2008 in Finland received lectures about the Finnish media landscape on Tuesday, 5th August 2008.

Ms. Johanna Korhonen, editor-in-chief of Journalisti, magazine published by Finnish Union of Journalists, said that circulation of printed media declines every ...  (continue reading)

Day of two F’s (Kunal)

Monday, 4th of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)


What a day it was… the fourth day at FCP was spent discovering the two F’s of Finland – Foreign Policy and Forest.

The first half of the day was occupied with lectures on the Finnish political system, foreign policy and relationship with EU. Politics and foreign policy is an area that I love and you can ...  (continue reading)

Liha, kakku, voileipä, ruisleipä, kala, pulla – new words (Marcin Lapczynski)

Sunday, 3rd of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
Marcin Łapczyński

Hyvää ruokahalua!

Liha, kakku, voileipä, ruisleipä, kala, pulla – new words that we had learnt in the morning at Anna Maija Luomi’s Finnish language lessons appeared to be the most important and useful throughout our FCP’s 3rd day (photo 1)

The morning started a bit earlier usually (of course it was raining!) as we were ...  (continue reading)