Columns & Interviews
Introducing the Honorary Consuls of Finland: Jim Kurtti, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
In this series, we highlight the important work done by our honorary consuls around the 35 states in the jurisdictional area of Consulate General of Finland in New York. Jim (James) Kurtti, the honorary consul in Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is working closely with the Finland-Michigan clean technology partnership and supporting Finnish businesses through FinnZone, a local softlanding platform. In the interview, he sheds light on Michigan’s climate work and the business environment it offers to foreign companies.
Catching up with Consul General: Markku Piri on New York in the 80s and returning to nature
This month, Consul General Mika Koskinen took a trip down memory lane with Markku Piri, one of Finland's most redeemed multidisciplinary designers, whose long, illustrious career has just been captured in an autobiographical book.
Catching up with Consul General: Lecturer Heli Sirviö of Columbia University on the growing interest towards Finnish culture and language studies
Right before the beginning of the fall semester, Consul General Mika Koskinen had a chat with Heli Sirviö, lecturer in Finnish and Swedish Culture and Language at Columbia University. COVID-19 nearly caused the Finnish Studies program to shut down, but due to Heli’s persistent efforts, it’s still up and running. Remotely, for now.
Introducing the Honorary Consuls of Finland: Frank Donnelly, Texas
In this series, we highlight the important work done by our honorary consuls around the 35 States in our jurisdictional area. Frank Donnelly, the honorary consul in Houston, Texas, has an impressive career with Finnish marine and energy company Wärtsilä. In the interview, he shares his thoughts on the rapidly changing clean energy market in the US, molded by COVID-19, as well as his ideas of Finnish businesses’ strengths in the Lone Star State.
Catching up with Consul General: Marko Salonen of FACC on opportunities for Finnish businesses during and post COVID-19
The Consul General of Finland in New York, Mika Koskinen, sat down with Marko Salonen, the Executive Director of the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce in New York, to chat about the latest changes in New York business environment and its effects on Finnish businesses operating or wishing to operate in the U.S.
Introducing the Honorary Consuls of Finland: Elaine M. Kumpula, Minnesota
In this series we highlight the important work done by our honorary consuls around the 35 States in our jurisdictional area. This month, we talked to the honorary consul in Minnesota, Elaine M. Kumpula, about her work as an immigration lawyer helping Finnish businesses and individuals find their ground in the U.S. Following the recent restrictions on nonimmigrant visas, she offers us some helpful advice on approaching the rest of the year.
Interview of Arno Rafael Minkkinen
In light of Minkkinen's commemorative exhibition Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Fifty Years currently on view at Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York, Consul General Mika Koskinen spoke to the artist about his early days in Finland, emigration to the United States and shooting in different regions of the world over the last decades.
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