What Westerners weren't supposed to see
Finnish Estonian writer Sofi Oksanen talks with us about her bestselling novel Purge. The first book ever to win both the Runeberg Prize and the Finlandia Prize, it also wins the 2010 Nordic Council Literature Prize. The English translation is published in America on April 1, 2010, and Oksanen tours there later in the month.
Baltic Sea Action Summit in Helsinki a success
The Baltic Sea Action Summit that was held in Helsinki on Wednesday, 10 February was a success in the opinion of the arrangers. The summit attracted a large and high-level group of participants to Finlandia Hall to tell about their commitments to protect the Baltic Sea. The summit was hosted by President of the Republic Tarja Halonen, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and Mr Ilkka Herlin, the Chairman of the Baltic Sea Action Group, who together convened the summit.
Everyone’s input is needed to save the Baltic Sea
The Baltic Sea Action Summit to be held in Helsinki on 10 February is no ordinary summit. This gathering is made unique by its participants: leaders representing governments, the business community, NGOs and philanthropy. “This promises to be a fine and productive summit,” Jari Luoto, Ambassador for Baltic Sea Issues at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, said on Thursday at the press conference organised to provide background information about the summit.
New Year’s Speech: Finland’s challenges are economy and improving employment
According to President of the Republic Tarja Halonen, stimulating the economy, improving employment and the retirement of the baby-boomers are challenges for Finland. “This means higher pension costs but also a chance to reform the structure of employment and economy. This requires skill and the ability to cooperate”, President Halonen said in her New Year’s Speech.
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