I visited Finland for the first time twenty years ago as a young journalist. It was a long time ago and since then I had no occasion to come back to this contry, wich I consider extremely interesting and in a certain sense ‘new’ for Italian people because of its way of living and its traditions.
This is why I am really happy to come back to Finland thanks to the Foreign Correspondants Programme 2016, and I am looking forward to observe the changes in Finland during these years.
First of all, in 2017 Finland is going to celebrate its hundredth Anniversary, and the first aspect I would like to deepen is how the country has changed since its birth.
Moreover, I read about the new Sipilä premier government elected in 2015 and the position of the Mr Soini ‘True Finnish Party’. Also these political changes are very interesting to me and I hope to understand Finnish new political situation better on this occasion.
Working at Italian news press Agency ANSA, we often writes about Finnish news. Nevertheless, I think that very few is known about Finnish culture in Italy. So, it would be good to create more occasions for cultural exchanges, and Finnish Hundredth Anniversary could be a wonderful chance.
Instruction and school is another aspect I am very interested in. For example, I also read that recently a new system of ‘organizing’ school subjects has been proposed and I would be very curious to understand more about this. So, I really hope FPC 2016 will be the occasion to know ‘directly’ all these aspects!
But traditions are the most striking aspect to me, starting with Sauna. I know a sauna is inside Parliament and Nokia Centre, and recently I read one has been inaugurated in Helsinki Burger King . Better understanding of traditions is to me one of the best ‘keys’ to know Finnish people. This is why I really hope to have the chance to ‘try’ Finnish style of living, in order to be able to describe the real ‘Finnish spirit’ to Italians!