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  Suomi Sata: Finland One Hundred

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December 06: 1917-December 06: 2017

The Humanion Suomi Sata Finland One Hundred Edition: December 06: 2017

Celebrations of Suomi: The People: The Language: The Culture: The Land: The Country: The Nation: The Government: The State: At the Heart Equity, in the Ethos Equality, at the Sight Liberty, in the Soul Rule of Law and in the Music Natural Justice in Beauty's Blooms and Calls: Always Rising to Reach, Stride and Strive for Higher Reaches of Higher Golds and Farther Realms to Be at Home in Peace and Law, in Humanity and Love as One in All and as All in One and in the World Among the Assembly of the Humanion: Me Olemme Suomen-Sisuvian Souls: Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää Suomi, the Centenarian Vanhanainen, the Eternal Yksi-Ruusuomi! The Kalevala: The Suomivala: Happy Independence Day Suomi! The Humanion: December 06: 2017

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|| December 06: 2017 || ά. The centenary of Finland’s independence has been celebrated across Finland and around the world. A range of events took place over several days culminated in the Independence Day evening and the blue and white fireworks displays in many cities. Finland’s 100th anniversary will remain in Finland’s history as the most extensive and diverse jubilee year that Finns and friends of Finland created together. “The Finns’ desire to celebrate their independence exceeded all expectations and the centenary year turned out to be a very Finnish and a unique experience.” said Mr Pekka Timonen, General Secretary of the Centenary of Finland’s Independence, Prime Minister’s Office, after the display of fireworks, that officially closed the centenary year in Helsinki.

''The aim of the centenary was to strengthen the sense of belonging and to increase Finland’s profile abroad, two goals that we achieved by working together.” The centenary proved to be the richest and most versatile anniversary or theme year of all time in Finland. Finland’s hundred years of independence was celebrated in every corner of the country as well as in more than 100 countries on all the continents. The open programme covered an impressive 5,000 projects and more than 600,000 Finns and friends of Finland were involved in creating the programme. The projects materialised in tens of thousands of events. The open programme, its magnitude and the way the projects were carried out were unique even on an international scale.

The centenary of Finland’s independence has been celebrated with aplomb both in Finland and overseas. The hundred-year-old Finland received several accolades already in the week leading up to the Independence Day itself.

The official Independence Day celebrations started on the eve of the Independence Day, Tuesday, 5 December, with blue-and-white light shows and by flying the flags. Hundreds of thousands of Finns shared coffee breaks to celebrate their hundred-year-old country. Parliament made a celebratory decision that supports the well-being and equal development of children.


One hundred blue-cross Finnish flags were hoisted during the official opening on the eve of the Independence Day at the Market Square in Helsinki. People continued their merry celebrations well into the night, and the Finnish flags were kept flying until the evening of the Independence Day.

The Independence Day, 6 December, started with church services and guards of honour at soldiers’ graves. Across Finland, thousands of young people set out to remember the deceased heroes who safeguarded Finland’s country’s independence. The Finnish Defence Forces’ Independence Day parade in Kuopio and students’ processions in several towns and cities added to the magnificent atmosphere and attracted large crowds of viewers. The hundred-year-old country was, also , elebrated at The President of the Republic’s reception in Helsinki.


The surprise of the Independence day was, when seven million birthday messages were sent to Finnish mobile phone numbers. This was an unique achievement on an international scale. The celebrations of the centenary of Finland’s independence reached its climax at the festive fireworks display at 22:00 in Helsinki. The spectacular Finland 100 display of fireworks was arranged to the tune of Sibelius’ Finlandia and it, also, marked the closing of the centenary year.

The hundred-year-old Finland was celebrated in a number of locations across the globe. Dozens of well-known sites and iconic landmarks around the world were illuminated with blue-and-white lights in honour of Finland. Several countries greeted Finland with messages from the heads of state. For example the heads of Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Sweden sent video messages to congratulate Finland.

“The amount of well wishes and cordiality flooding in has made us feel very grateful.” says Mr Timonen. “Finland has friends all over the world and people appreciate the values that we represent.”


All Finnish embassies organised a reception for Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence, and numerous Finnish communities held parties to celebrate their home country. Millions of people congratulated the hundred-year-old Finland with images and messages in the social media. suomifinland100.fi

Finland 100. Finland celebrated 100 years of independence on 6 December 2017. The most significant commemorative year for this generation of Finns was celebrated under the theme ‘Together’ all year long, in Finland and on all the continents. As many as 5,000 different projects have been included in the programme, and more than 600,000 Finns and friends of Finland were involved in creating the centenary programme. Responsibility for the organisation of the centenary year rested with the ‘Finland 100’ project organisation established at the Prime Minister’s Office, the office’s project secretariat and the network of regional councils. suomifinland100.fi: 
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Suomi Sata: Finland 100: Day One: Suomi Begins the Voyage Towards a New Century

Images: Government of Finland

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Suomi Sata: Finland 100: Day One: Suomi Begins the Voyage to a New Century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

|| December 06: 2016: London: England: United Kingdom || ά. Yksi Sata Suomi! One Hundred Years of Existence in a Sovereign state and nationhood, following millennia of epic wonderings, here are the Suomi celebrations. Today, December 06, 2017. Suomen Tasavalta, the Republic of Finland. The Finnish Maiden is turning into a one hundred year old Vanhanainen, except, she is nine worlds of youth for Suomi is an eternal flowing spring of ingenuity, imagination and creativity, seeking to fork out new ways, means and mechanics to be actively engaged, positively framed and fully connected to the earth and the Universe; aspiring to being and doing out of the world things, bringing them to life. Nothing is impossible for The Kalevalan Mother does not ever give up and keeps at it and does succeed in bringing her son back to life from the Tuoni grasp for why shouldn't she? She has The Sampo, an eternal construction of light against the infinity of the darkness and it always shines and lights up the way.........way ahead of time.

It brings the Eighth Symphony in the horizons of the Sibelian Soul so that he could hear and play it. The Sampo, the Ilmarinen Insinoori's eternal construction of humanity's ingenuity, creativity and imagination. And with and on this Sampo Suomi has been journeying along the last century, arriving on the shore of this Century; looking back it does not seem so long but looking ahead it looks an ever-widening, ever-going and never-ending spectacle waiting to be unfolded. And the traveller goes on for the places, that wait ahead are unknown but exist only to the souls, that are open to hear their music as Sibelius did in his Eighth Symphony for they only exist as prospects and to hear them out we must sharpen our nine-world-senses and intuition to the best possible depth, degree, reach and dimensions and only than our music shall be rich enough to enrich us to feed us, our humanity, that is an infinity unfolding itself. This is a momentous day, a true milestone of many hard and sharp sacrifices and hard work, as well as, much more, much much more, great achievements, that added farther word, farther earth, farther wood, farther brick, farther stone to the foundation of what has become today's Suomi, today's Finland.

Time it is to celebrate, surely, but this is not the celebration of either the past nor the present but the future, where Finland is heading: and where is she heading? Towards further progress on strengthening liberty and democracy, rule of law and the judiciary, father enhancement and enrichment of social, cultural and artistic arenas, as well as, building on the road to farther empowerment of the individuals, the families, the communities and the civic society and in all branches of sciences and mathematics, medicine, neuro and bio sciences and engineering and research and innovation to advance equality in both front: economic, social, political, cultural and spiritual and gender equality for the former will not be achieved unless the later is achieved nor can the former be sustained unless the later is achieved. And the Universal Income experiment must go farther in its vision, scope and imagination. Poverty and abject poverty must be eliminated for good.

Homelessness of no kind must have any place in today's Finland. Advancing education to all to University level should be made the highest priority of every single soul in Finland. Much has been achieved and, yet, so much, so much more there are still to be translated into realities. And Finland has found and grounded herself at home in the world, among the assembly of the humanion and established herself as a confident, self-assured, reliable and trustworthy friend of the world and as a source of good. And this is a good home and from there nine worlds still call on Suomi and the Suomi People to farther horizons and so much more to be done. Tell the world, Suomi has just barely begun.........Say it as Vainamoinen would in The Kalevala: Suomi, Kalevala and now see magic unfold as he says the words backward: Imous. Alavelak.........This magic awaits in the coming flow of new centuries.........Rise towards them: Aspire: Seek: Reach: Stride: Strive: Go.........as the Kantele plays go on The Sampo towards the Nine Worlds.........

Dear Reader, over the last eight days, since our nine-day count down to December 06, you have been reading some poems, without any other information as to what they are or what they are part of. Well, here it is. They are part of The Suomivala, a micro-epic, written in celebration of Suomi Sata: Finland 100. The Suomivala celebrates the humanity of the Suomi People in and During the Winter War. The Suomivala is comprised of Nine Books with an Opening  and a Closing poem. Each Book begins with a line, following a nine line poem, what is called a Ninnet. And in the main body of the Nine Books is told the main story of the micro epic. And these nine Ninnets are about characters, that appear in the main story of the micro-epic. The Suomivala has been published on December 06, 2017 and is dedicated to all the Suomi People living throughout Finland and across the Mother Earth.

About The Suomivala: The Suomivala is a piece of work of poetic fiction, a Micro-Epic. It is a complete work of fiction and all the events, stories and characters depicted in it are completely fictional, though, the event relates to the Finnish Winter War. Names of characters, most place names are made up and efforts were taken to ensure that they resembled the Finnish naming system as closely as possible but they do not reflect or depict any real people and most cases, any real places.

Co-incidences are co-incidences, if any name appears to correspond to any living person. The only references made of real people, both historic and present, are not presented as characters but as reference only, which simply connects the reader to the awareness of the ‘wider-out’ existing beyond the Micro-Epic, as one of the characters, refers the wider world and universe as and, this does not have any other value to the work. And this does not signify any connection or support or co-operation or collaboration to this work or to this author by the living people, whose names have been referred to as part of this piece of work. Munayem Mayenin: London: England: United Kingdom: December 06: 2017.
 

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The Humanion Humanity of the Year 2017: Angela Merkel Elaine Philips Jeremy Corbyn Juha Sipilä and Anu Vehviläinen Katharine Viner Laura Kuenssberg Little Toby and His Mother Maddi Thurgood and Her Mother and The Rohingya People: The Violated Humanity

 

|| December 06: 2016: London: England: United Kingdom || ά. The Humanion started The Humanity of the Year Since last year, in which it was announced on December 08. This year, we decided to coincide the announcement with the Finland’s Centenary Celebrations of its hundred years of independence and there is a reason for this move for this year two Suomalainens jointly featured in the list. This is simply based on The Humanion's Editorial Judgment and Opinion after following the year. No one is consulted about this nor the person:s themselves informed of their becoming declared as such. They will know as The Humanion Readers that they have been declared as such. This is The Humanion's effort, initiative to make a 'Statement' to say and show that power, market, money, wealth, manipulation and propaganda can not dictate, define and impose what is to be celebrated or what is good. The Humanion Humanity of the Year 2017 are, the numbering does not reflect any order of preference and done alphabetically, 01: Ms Angela Merkel, featured last year as well, 02: Ms Elaine Philips, 03: Mr Jeremy Corbyn, featured last year as well, 04: Mr Juha Sipilä and Ms Anu Vehviläinen, jointly featured, 05: Ms Katharine Viner, 06: Ms Laura Kuenssberg, 07: Master Little Tobi and His Mother, 08: Ms Maddi Thurgood and Her Mother and 09: The Rohingya People: The Violated Humanity.

Juha Sipilä and Anu Vehviläinen: Prime Minister and Local Government and Public Reforms

Mr Juha Sipilär, Pime Minister, Left, Ms Anu Vehvilainen, Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms of Finland Government

In these nine there are many human beings, persons and people, who stand out as beacons of light for our ceaseless efforts to strive and stride to advance the human condition and, thus, create an island of candle lights of inspiration made of hope, faith, humanity, compassion, goodness and belief that better is not only possible but achievable . Here are persons and people, human beings, remarkable for their services to humanity, in their relevant field and arena of work and, who have shown courage, strength, determination, resolute conviction and faith in seeking to rise to the challenge without losing any ground in relation to their faith, belief and choice in goodness that is the essence of what humanity is about and in doing the good, in seeking to do good, they seek to do, despite and regardless of the adversity they face, the criticism, the attacks and vilifications, the sustained and continuous abuses thrown on their paths, to most of them and the barriers and obstacles they needed to overcome, they have shown the undefeatable human spirit, essence, steel so that these all stand out as beacons to the world: to encourage, to inspire, to empower, to connect and to bring together that what humanity is; without goodness that does not exist and without it there is no humanity for than we are only physiology of nothing but biology.

Mr Juha Sipilä  and Ms Anu Vehviläinen, Prime Minister of Finland and Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms  respectively. Finland is a physically not as very small country but is home to a nation made of not by as large a number as many other nations are and, yet, over the last one hundred years the country and its people have built up a place, they call home, which has become a force for good in the world and ranking high up in many areas of life among the assembly of nations, the latest of which was The Legatum Prosperity Index 2017 in which it has become number three. This is a testament of their astonishing achievement for among the top ten there is no place for China or India or Brazil or Russia or the United States of America, some of the most populous nations of the world. And in the recent years, under the leadership of Mr Juha Sipilä and Mr Anu Vehviläinen and their colelagues their Government has orientated Finland towards a vision of a people, nation and country that is outward-looking, future-bound, ingenuity and innovation-grounded and world-orientated so that there is hardly any place Finland has not reached. From China to India, from Peru to Colombia, from Namibia to Baangladesh, from Hong Kong to South Africa, from the United States of America to Saudi Arabia, from Poland to the United Kingdom, from Estonia to Russia Finland and Finnish business and agencies are working in unison to advance their arrival in the world stage as a people of peace, ingenuity and humanity.

These humanity of the North have never failed to aspire to be the Athens of the Northern Shores and the Northern wonders of life. This year, as they celebrate their centenary as an independent and sovereign people, nation, state and country, the Mr Juha Sipilä and Mr Anu Vehviläinen Government has been fortunate to stand in the leadership and lead on the celebrations of their nation and they have done well. Finland stands in the world with the Suomi people or Finnish people with their heads, minds and souls standing tall and high and they should celebrate the establishment of The Kalevalan People among the Assembly of the Humanion of this world. The centenary of Finland’s independence culminates on Finland’s Independence Day, December 06, days away. The story of the 100-year-old land of the Suomi People, on the land of Suomi or Finland is an extraordinary one, that rests on the values cherished by the Suomi People, who are called, in their own language, Suomi, Suomalainen or that has been translated in English as Finns or Finnish: democracy, education, equality and freedom of speech. The climax of the centenary will be a joint effort and the programme will be rich and memorable. The celebrations will take place throughout Finland, as well as, in more than 100 countries on all the continents.

Further, under their leadership Finland has solidified, strengthened her position and directed herself to an absolute commitment to tackle climate change and made enormous contributions to the build up and reaching of the Paris Climate Change Accord and translated all that into genuine, practical and visionary policy-frame-works and set about transforming the economy into a clean, green, sustainable one where renewables and all other relevant green technologies are being developed and the economy is being transformed from a fossil-fuel based one into a sustainable circular one. And in this the development and drive, that Finland has put in pushing forward with the fast-paced development of the bio and circular economy and, particularly, the sustainable and circular use of the natural resources, including, earth, water and forests, as well as waste-products. In short, in whatever avenues there opened to go forward Finland has placed herself on every one of these opened up avenues so that all these will take her farther and farther. And in this process there opened a culture and mind-frame of a all-shifting paradigm, that we can do anything, if we wanted to commit ourselves to achieving that.

Suomen Tasavalta is the Suomi name of the Republic of Finland and the country became an independent state on December 06, 1917. The newly born state was willed into being by the Suomi people after a long struggle of independence. For a hundred years the Suomalainens or Finns have been engaged in the building of their country and making decisions together. The unbroken period of a century of democracy is exceptional and Finland has often reached top positions in different international rankings in many areas of life. Suomen Tasavalta or the Republic of Finland and her people have proved that a nation is only limited by its imaginations and aspirations: they are as big or as small as their imaginations and aspirations for Finland houses a, physically, very small nation but the country and the people of The Kalevala have proven to the world in this one hundred years of progressive development and march past that Finland and the Suomi people are no small nation but a but a giant one in terms how high, how far and how wide in their vision and aspirations they aim and strive to reach towards and how deeply future-bracing and how visionary a people they are.

This sets them up for a good road towards many a century ahead progressing towards richer and farther heights and farther fields, areas and arenas of life in this World and Universe. The Winter War cost them much but let them found their 'Sisu', that they realised already had been planted and presented to them by a Dr Elias Lonrot in the form of their national Epic The Kalevala and they saw how that opened up magical springs and openings for composers, poets, artists, playwrights, literary figures, thinkers, sociologists, philosophers, cultural minds, singers and actors, scientists and innovators and so on to feast on and opened a renaissance in the Athens of the North and along the way they found their Kantele and realised that they had already got a magic-vessel built for them in The Kalevala, called, The Sampo and all that they had to do was to believe in that magic and just make a go. And hearing the Sibelian Symphonies they went along creating, making and shaping things. They gave the world Eemil Sillaanpa, Johan Gadolin, Erik Willebrand, Madetoja, the Saarinens, Larin Paraske for there is no parallel, in humanity, that can be found to match her epic mind and abilities, Minna Caanth, Aleksis Kiivi, artists like Gallen and Edelfelt, visionary scientific minds, such as, Verner Suomi and the names can go on without, even, reaching anywhere closer to the present.

But must we mention two of the present gifts to the World from Finland: a Mr Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland and a Nobel Laureate for Peace, a formidable philosopher mind in peace-building, peace-negotiating and advancing the cause and necessity of peace and peace-building and from another world, that can not exist without peace: music, a soul, born in 1952, Ms Kaija Saariaho, a composer, musician and conductor, to whose works and creations the world will find an abounding, inspiring new Universe. And there are so many areas of science, medicine, neurology, genetics, biochemistry, drug development, mathematics, technology and bio, neuro and geo-physical sciences, engineering, architecture and design and in sustainable, green and circular economics revolutionary activities, to name but a few fields, Finland can match the largest of nations, such as China. And this is, probably, the best possible complement anyone can give to the Suomi people, the people of The Kalevala, to Finland. And with this complement The Humanion invites the people of Finland to begin a new century with asserting their names, the names of their forebears, not in translations but in Suomi: The land and the country is Suomi, her language is Suomi and in Suomi her children are called Suomalainen. We do not translate people's names, we do not translate peoples':nations' names nor do we translate the names of peoples' languages. May this new century be one hundred years through which Suomi becomes true to herself before the world and world humanity: a Suomi, whose children speak Suomen Kieli and call themselves Suomalainen. The only thing Suomi should invest for translation is getting the wealth of its literature, poetry and philosophical works translated in major worlds languages, starting with English. The Suomen Tasvalta should aspire to set up a Special Unit in a Relevant Government Department for taking up this task. Readmore

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The World's Going Suomen-Maailma-Sininen: With Finland the World Goes All Blue Today

 

|| December 06: 2017 || ά. Finland’s 100 years of independence is celebrated this week with blue and white light shows taking place across Finland and in almost 30 countries around the world. The excitement has been gathering pace up to the last minute and with Finland 50 focal venues and buildings across the globe will be illuminated with blue and white lights in honour of Finland’s centenary of independence, celebrated on December 06. The centenary of Suomi's or Finland’s independence culminates on this day's celebrations of all things Suomen or Finnish. It is the most significant commemorative year for this generation of Finns, who are known in their national language Suomi as Suomalainen.

The Finns’ enthusiasm to mark the country’s 100th birthday with blue and white light shows has spread across the world as the World joins in the celebrations. News about new venues for the light shows has been coming in up to the last minute. The sites include the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the Niagara Falls in Canada, as well as, many other spectacular sites, that will be covered in by the blue and white lighting in honour of Finland. “Finland has received numerous accolades and gifts from around the world this year. Now, the world will turn blue and white for a short time. This is a great moment for Finns and friends of Finland.” says Mr Pekka Timonen, General Secretary of the Centenary of Finland’s Independence, Prime Minister’s Office.

Finland 100 and the network of Finnish embassies have collaborated with partners in a number of countries to ensure that Finland’s big moment will be visible around the world. Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, will air the unforgettable moments from the illuminated venues on TV, stream them online on Yle Areena and post them on social media, starting on December 05, the eve of Independence Day.

Finland’s centenary has become the richest and most versatile anniversary or theme year of all time in Finland. The centenary programme, with more than 5,000 projects has spread to more than 100 countries on all the continents. The open programme, its magnitude and the way the projects are carried out are unique even on an international scale.

Sites to be illuminated, as of December 03, changes possible

Country, city, site to be illuminated
Argentina, Buenos Aires, The Usina del Arte cultural centre
Australia, Adelaide, Adelaide Town Hall
Australia, Brisbane, Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge
Australia, Canberra, Telstra Tower, the Old Parliament House, Malcolm Fraser Bridge, Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre Parkes
Australia, Hobart, Railway Roundabout Fountain, Elizabeth Street Mall and the Kennedy Lane Tourism Precinct
Australia, Perth, The Council House building and Trafalgar Bridge
Austria, Vienna, The Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, The Christ the Redeemer statue
Bulgaria, Sofia, The National Palace of Culture
Canada, Niagara Falls
Cyprus, Nicosia, The White Walls building
Czech Republic, Prague, The Dancing House designed by Frank Gehry
Estonia, Tallinn, Stenbock House (The seat of the Government)
Estonia, Tartu, The Vanemuine Theatre, Võidu sild Bridge, Kaarsild Bridge
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Lion of Judah monument in front of the Ethiopian National Theatre
Greece, Athens, The Arch of Hadrian
Hungary, Budapest, Elizabeth Bridge
Iceland, Reykjavik, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Ireland, Dublin, Mansion House, the residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin
Italy, Rome, The Colosseum
Kazakhstan, Astana, The bridges across the Ishim River, St. Regis hotel
Latvia, Jelgava, Railway Bridge
Latvia, Riga, The Tower of the Town Hall in the Old Town, the Railway Bridge across the Daugava river
Mexico, Mexico City, The Angel of Independence monument, Ángel de la Independencia
Mozambique, Maputo, Maputo Fortress
Netherlands, Alkmaar, Stadskantine Alkmaar
Norway, Oslo, Holmenkollen ski jumping hill
Poland, Warsaw, The Palace of Culture and Science
Portugal, Lisbon, Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Russia, Lumivaara, Lumivaara Church
Russia, Moscow, The Embassy of Finland
Russia, Petrozavodsk, The National Theatre
Russia, Saint Petersburg, The Museum of Ethnography
Serbia, Belgrade, Ada Bridge, Palace Albania
Sweden, Stockholm, Globen
Switzerland, Montreux, The Mannerheim memorial
Ukraine, Kiev, The Embassy of Finland
United Kingdom, Newcastle, The Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Further information and inquiries
Päivi Pirttilä, Head of Communications, Finland 100, paivi.pirttila at vnk.fi, tel. +358:0:295 160 133 or +358:0:40 705 3323
Tiina Tähtinen, Communications Officer, Public Diplomacy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, tiina.tahtinen at formin.fi, tel. + 358 295 351765
Marko Krapu, Excecutive Producer, Yle, marko.krapu at yle.fi, tel. +358 40 869 1176

Finland 100 Years. The year 2017 will mark Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state. It is the most important anniversary year of this generation and will be celebrated throughout 2017 all over Finland. The theme selected for the centenary year is ‘Together’. Responsibility for the preparations and coordination of the centenary year rests with Finland 100 set up by the Prime Minister’s Office, assisted by the Project Secretariat and the regional network in the counties. suomifinland100.fi: ω.

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Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland,
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A Hanna Kahari University of Oulu: The Future of Suomi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland 100: The International Gender Equality Prize

Mr Juha Sipilär, Pime Minister, Left, Ms Anu Vehvilainen, Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms of Finland Government

 

|| December 01: 2017 || ά. Back on || March 08: 2017 || as part of the one hundred years of independence celebrations Finland declared the founding of The International Gender Equality Prize, which will be given in every second year. To promote gender equality in the world, to support discussion on equality and to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence, the Finnish Government is launching the International Gender Equality Prize. The launch of the prize was made by Mr Juha Sipilä, the Prime Minister of Finland, in Tampere on International Women's Day. ‘For over 100 years, Finland has been a pioneer of gender equality. Ours was the first nation in the world to grant women full political rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So it is only natural that Finland should be the first country in the world to establish an international prize that will be awarded to a distinguished advocate and defender of equality.’ said Mr Sipilä in Tampere Hall. The purpose of the prize is to promote discussion about gender equality in a global context. The prize will be awarded to a person or actor, who has promoted gender equality in an internationally recognised way. The prize includes a monetary award, that the recipient, however, does not receive for their own use but instead, identifies a concrete cause, that strengthens the position of women, to which the prize money will be granted. The prize will be awarded in co-operation with the City of Tampere. The prize, awarded once every second year, was established by the Government of Finland, as part of Finland’s centenary celebrations.

The prize will be awarded for the first time in autumn 2017. This year’s prize amounts to Eur 150,000 and is being financed from development co-operation appropriations. The recipient of the prize will be nominated by a competition jury, appointed by the Prime Minister's Office. This year the composition of the jury is: Paulina Ahokas, Chair and Managing Director of Tampere Hall, Pekka Timonen, General Secretary for the Centenary and Rosa Meriläinen, Author and Researcher.

The public, both in Finland and abroad, are welcome to propose candidates for the prize for the competition jury to consider. The address for proposals will be announced on Minna Canth Day on March 19, 2017.

''Gender equality is a core value for Finns. It has been an essential element in the story of the one-hundred-year-old Finland and in the shaping of our whole society. The need for discussion on equality is great, even in the western world. Promoting the position of girls and women is also a key theme in Finland’s development policy.'' noted Mr Sipilä.

Inquiries: Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, Special Adviser, International Affairs, tel. +358 40 7483 867, anna-kaisa.heikkinen at vnk.fi
Prize: Paulina Ahokas, Chair of Competition Jury and Managing Director of Tampere Hall, tel. +358 40 5511 551, paulina.ahokas at tampere-talo.fi
Equality Affairs, Tanja Auvinen, Director, Gender Equality Unit, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163715, tanja.auvinen at stm.fi
Finland’s Country Brand, Petra Theman, Director for Public Diplomacy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs +358 295 351 558, petra.theman at formin.fi
Tampere City: Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Mayor of Tampere, tel. +358 400 780 866. ω.

This report was originally published in The Humanion on March 09, 2017

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Finland 100: Finland Celebrates the Contributions of All Past and Present Female Government Ministers in a New Website Launched Today

 

|| December 01: 2017 || ά. More than 30 Finnish female ministers met in Helsinki today, when the Prime Minister's Office launched a website about women as ministers to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. Never before have so many female ministers been assembled together. The meeting of female ministers is historic. Half of the 67 female ministers alive was able to attend the event. Altogether 87 women have served as ministers in many Finnish Governments. The ministers present included former Finnish President Ms Tarja Halonen, who served as Foreign Minister in the 1990s and former Prime Minister and current Member of the European Parliament Ms Anneli Jäätteenmäki.

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The ministers received by Prime Minister Mr Juha Sipilä and State Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Ms Paula Lehtomäki, herself a long-serving minister. “Equality is a core value for us in Finland. Finland was the first country to grant full political rights to women. It is natural, therefore, that women have taken their place beside men at the top of politics. We in Finland can be proud about it.” Prime Minister Mr Sipilä said. Other ministers, who attended the event included Ms Sinikka Laisaari, formerly Mönkare, who served as minister uninterruptedly for more than ten years for a total of 3,817 days.

As well as, Ms Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, the longest-serving female Member of Parliament in Finland, Ms Elisabeth Rehn, Minister of Equality Affairs and the first woman in the world to serve as Minister of Defence and Ms Riitta Uosukainen, the first woman to act as the Speaker of Parliament.

The event was organised to launch the website Women as ministers in independent Finland at governments.fi. It presents all women, who have served as ministers in independent Finland from Miina Sillanpää to Ms Annikka Saarikko. Miina Sillanpää was the first Finnish woman to become a government minister in 1926, while the most recent minister Ms Annika Saarikko started as Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services in July 2017.

Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms Ms Anu Vehviläinen and Minister of the Interior Ms Paula Risikko, among others represented the current Government in the event. Ms Risikko, with her 3,491 days as minister, is the second longest-serving female minister in Finland.

The new website presents the ministers and their achievements and gives their details and photos, video interviews and audio recordings with them. It is available in Finnish, Swedish and English at hallitukset.fi, regeringar.fi and governments.fi.

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Scientists Discover a New Promising Malaria Drug Candidate

|| November 04: 2017: University of Oulu News || ά. An international group of scientists has identified a new anti-malarial compound and its two target proteins. The results, may, lead to development of new drugs against malaria. The most efficient malaria treatments in the last three decades have been based on artemisinin combination therapies. The 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for the discovery of artemisinin in the 1970s. Unfortunately, drug resistance against artemisinin is a growing threat against the current drug regime. Thus, the need for developing new kinds of drugs is pressing. Unless new drugs are found, malaria mortality will, almost certainly, turn to a new rise.

The newly identified compound, with the code name 49c, targets multiple stages of the malaria parasite by inhibiting two proteases, plasmepsins IX and X. Efficient strategies for malaria treatment and prevention should, ideally, target three different life-cycle stages of the parasite. 49c blocks the parasites in the blood, liver and transmission stages. “These results are highly promising and have, already, raised interest among companies working on drug development against malaria.” says Professor Inari Kursula. She leads the Finnish-Norwegian team in the Swiss-led international collaboration. Readmore

New Research to Investigate the Therapeutic Role for Neurotrophic Factor MANF in Type One Diabetes


|| August 04: 2017: University of Helsinki News || ά. In the rodent model, researchers have found that MANF protects and stimulates the proliferation of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Pancreatic beta cells produce insulin in order to control blood glucose levels. In type one diabetes, beta cells die due to the misguided attack of body's own immune system. One of the main goals in type one diabetes therapy is to develop drugs for functional beta cell proliferation and regeneration as insulin is only able to alleviate diabetic symptoms.

The collaborative team headed by the University of Helsinki Professor Mart Saarma, from the Institute of Biotechnology and Professor Timo Otonkoski, from the Biomedicum Helsinki, studies the therapeutic potential of neurotrophic factor MANF in type one diabetes. The indication for MANF to be a candidate therapeutic factor for diabetes came from Dr. Maria Lindahl´s work. She showed that mice lacking MANF became diabetic because the beta cells in pancreas were progressively dying. Readmore

University of Jyväskylä Gives the World Lottalariscope: New Helium Ion Microscopy Shows How Viruses Attack Bacteria

|| July 06: 2017: University of Jyväskylä News || ά. An interdisciplinary research consortium from the Nanoscience Centre at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland has found that bacteria and viruses can be imaged with helium ions in contrast to electrons, which are the standard workhorse in nanoscale microscopy. Helium ions, being more massive than electrons, can be focused to a much tighter spot down to the atomic length scales. The Research Group is jointly led by Co-group-leaders Dr. Lotta-Riina Sundberg and Professor Ilari Maasilta. This new technique, called, helium ion microscopy:HIM. This discovery, let us call it, Lottalariscopy, should go to show why it is paramount that investment in research is continually increased in all fields of medicine.

What must happen is this that investing bodies must ensure that valuable and scarce financial resources, and human resources of ingenuity, are not wasted in terribly wasteful and dreadful market manipulations calling themselves research, where companies, and a lot of Universities and Institutions seeking to be 'fashionable' joining them, are wasting scarce human and financial resources in things, that are simply an astonishing and sad wastage when the world has to deal with almost endless issues, that require new knowledge, new ways, new technology, medicine and therapeutics. This is the kind of research, that must be prioritised and extra funding must be ensued for these initiatives. It is time to make a stand against this kind of terrible waste, towards which blind, profit-seeking and selfish ventures of the market are diverting human and financial resources. Readmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Professor on a Photonarine Journey: What Have You Found Professor Mircea Guina

|| November 05: 2017: Tampere University of Technology News: Sanna Schildt Writing || ά. A few photons are enough. When the current electronics technology can not meet the rapidly expanding needs of data communication, light comes to the rescue. A research group at Tampere University of Technology:TUT is developing light-based technologies and enabling applications that, until now, have been little more than dreams. Professor Mircea Guina has a sip of espresso and presents graphs and figures, that illustrate the work his team has carried out at the Optoelectronics Research Centre over the past few years. One of the main interests of his group has been to explore the possibilities of photonics in advancing and, eventually, in certain applications, even, replacing the current silicon-based electronics technologies.

The age of the current silicon-based microelectronics is coming to an end. Nano-fabrication techniques have developed to the point that electronic circuits can be incredibly densely-packed with extremely small devices and conductors, but further progress along this well-known path is facing a wall due to problems related to losses and power consumption. Professor Guina points out that, even, at the current size scale, using metal conductors for transferring high-rate data on an electronic integrated circuit creates a lot of heat, which is detrimental to devices and consumes significant amounts of energy. In any case, increased communication speed is, by default, associated with increased power consumption. Readmore

The Next-Generation Perovskite Solar Cells: New Research Project to Make It Happen

|| November 05: 2017: Tampere University of Technology News: Sanna Kähkönen Writing || ά. Perovskite solar cells, or PSCs, are currently the most promising solar energy technology. The new collaborative ASPIRE Project aims to overcome stability and sustainability issues, which remain major obstacles to the large-scale commercialisation of PSCs. The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has granted €997,000 to a Finnish consortium for research on third-generation solar cells. The project 'A novel integrated approach for highly reproducible and stable perovskite solar cells:ASPIRE is co-ordinated by Åbo Akademi University and involves researchers from Tampere University of Technology:TUT and Aalto University.

“PSCs are interesting, because they promise to be cheaper and easier to mass produce than traditional silicon solar cells. They, also, have the potential to produce much more energy during their lifespan than what is needed to manufacture them.” says Professor Ronald Österbacka, of Physics of Åbo Akademi University. The ASPIRE Project is based on a novel fabrication method for scalable solar cells. The method enables an integrated approach to, simultaneously, clarify the selectivity of the contacts and the crystallisation of the perovskite material and to develop new environmentally friendly transport materials. Readmore

Assembly of Nano-Particles Proceeds Like a Zipper

|| September 24: 2017: Aalto University News || ά. Aalto University scientists demonstrated that viruses and nano-particles can be assembled into processable superlattice wires. It has always been the sought after topic of materials science to describe and control the material’s structure-function relationship. Nano-particles are an attractive class of components to be used in functional materials because they exhibit size-dependent properties, such as, superparamagnetism and plasmonic absorption of light. Furthermore, controlling the arrangement of nano-particles can result in unforeseen properties, but such studies are hard to carry out due to limited efficient approaches to produce well-defined three-dimensional nanostructures.

According to scientists from the Biohybrid Materials Group, led by Professor Mauri Kostiainen, nature’s own charged nano-particles, protein cages and viruses, can be utilised to determine the structure of composite nano-materials. Viruses and proteins are ideal model particles to be used in materials science, as they are genetically encoded and have an atomically precise structure. These well-defined biological particles can be used to guide the arrangement of other nano-particles in an aqueous solution. In the present study, the researchers show that combining native Tobacco Mosaic Virus with gold nano-particles in a controlled manner leads to metal-protein superlattice wires. “We initially studied geometrical aspects of
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|| September 26: 2016: University of Helsinki News || ά. The new research and teaching project in urban theology seeks theological perspectives to solutions for social problems caused by urbanisation. The recently appointed university lecturer in urban theology, Henrietta Grönlund, is known primarily as a researcher of volunteer work. She defended her doctoral dissertation on the role of volunteer work in Finnish society in 2012. Grönlund’s other research has focused on the church’s charitable work and its relation to publicly provided services and safety nets, contemporary religiosity and spirituality as well as themes relating to equality and disadvantaged social groups.

At the moment, Grönlund is studying what Finns think about how responsibility for public welfare is distributed and the related moral frameworks, while heading a research project organised in co-operation with HelsinkiMissio, concentrating on urban poverty. The project on urban theology organised by the Faculty of Theology combines all of Grönlund’s main fields of research. “For the past decade, I have worked with the church and NGOs, developing solutions for urban social problems. In addition, I’ve trained church and NGO staff to develop more communal, bottom-up systems and ways of working,” she explains. Readmore

 

Finland is Days Away From the Grand Celebrations of Her One Hundred Years of Liberty: December 06

 

|| November 28: 2017 || ά. The centenary of Finland’s independence culminates on Finland’s Independence Day, December 06, days away. The story of the 100-year-old land of the Suomi People, on the land of Suomi or Finland is an extraordinary one, that rests on the values cherished by the Suomi People, who are called, in their own language, Suomi, Suomalainen or that has been translated in English as Finns or Finnish: democracy, education, equality and freedom of speech. The climax of the centenary will be a joint effort and the programme will be rich and memorable. The celebrations will take place throughout Finland, as well as, in more than 100 countries on all the continents.

Suomen Tasavalta is the Suomi name of the Republic of Finland and the country became an independent state on December 06, 1917. The newly born state was willed into being by the Suomi people after a long struggle of independence. For a hundred years the Suomalainens or Finns have been engaged in the building of their country and making decisions together. The unbroken period of a century of democracy is exceptional and Finland has often reached top positions in different international rankings in many areas of life. Suomen Tasavalta or the Republic of Finland and her people have proved that a nation is only limited by its imaginations and aspirations: they are as big or as small as their imaginations and aspirations for Finland houses a, physically, very small nation but the country and the people of The Kalevala have proven to the world in this one hundred years of progressive development and march past that Finland and the Suomi people are no small nation but a but a giant one in terms how high, how far and how wide in their vision and aspirations they aim and strive to reach towards and how deeply future-bracing and how visionary a people they are.

This sets them up for a good road towards many a century ahead progressing towards richer and farther heights and farther fields, areas and arenas of life in this World and Universe. The Winter War cost them much but let them found their 'Sisu', that they realised already had been planted and presented to them by a Dr Elias Lonrot in the form of their national  Epic The Kalevala and they saw how that opened up magical springs and openings for composers, poets, artists, playwrights, literary figures,  thinkers, sociologists, philosophers, cultural minds, singers and actors, scientists and innovators and so on to feast on and opened a renaissance in the Athens of the North and along the way they found their Kantele and realised that they had already got a magic-vessel built for them in The Kalevala, called, The Sampo and all that they had to do was to believe in that magic and just make a go. And hearing the Sibelian Symphonies they went along creating, making and shaping things. They gave the world Eemil Sillaanpa, Johan Gadolin, Erik Willebrand, Madetoja, the Saarinens, Larin Paraske for there is no parallel, in humanity, that can be found to match her epic mind and abilities, Minna Caanth, Aleksis Kiivi, artists like Gallen and Edelfelt, visionary scientific minds, such as, Verner Suomi and the names can go on without, even, reaching anywhere closer to the present.

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But must we mention two of the present gifts to the World from Finland: a Mr Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland and a Nobel Laureate for Peace, a formidable philosopher mind in peace-building, peace-negotiating and advancing the cause and necessity of peace and peace-building and from another world, that can not exist without peace: music, a soul, born in 1952, Ms Kaija Saariaho, a composer, musician and conductor, to whose works and creations the world will find an abounding, inspiring new Universe. And there are so many areas of science, medicine, neurology, genetics, biochemistry, drug development, mathematics, technology and bio, neuro and geo-physical sciences, engineering, architecture and design and in sustainable, green and circular economics revolutionary activities, to name but a  few fields, Finland can match the largest of nations, such as China. And this is, probably, the best possible complement anyone can give to the Suomi people, the people of The Kalevala, to Finland. And with this complement The Humanion invites the people of Finland to begin a new century with asserting their names, the names of  their forebears, not in translations but in Suomi: The land  and the country is Suomi, her language is Suomi and in Suomi  her children are called Suomalainen. We do not translate people's names, we do not translate peoples':nations' names nor do we translate the names of peoples' languages. May this new century be one hundred years through which Suomi becomes true to herself before the world and world humanity: a Suomi, whose children speak Suomen Kieli and call themselves Suomalainen. The only thing Suomi should invest for translation is getting the wealth of its literature, poetry and philosophical works translated in major worlds languages, starting with English. The Suomen Tasvalta should aspire to set up a Special Unit in a Relevant Government Department for taking up this task.

 

“The story of the 100-year-old Finland is unique and deserves a special celebration. The centenary of independence is the most significant anniversary of our generation. This epic year has been built in a unique and open way, together with the whole of society, Finns and friends of Finland, in more than 100 countries.” says Mr Pekka Timonen, General Secretary of the Centenary of Finland’s Independence, Prime Minister’s Office.

Finland 100 has become a phenomenon: the centenary has been celebrated throughout the year. Four out of five Finns think that it is important to participate in the centennial year and more than 600,000 people, 14% of all 15-84-year-old Finns, are involved in creating the centenary year programme. It has become the richest and most versatile programme of all time and provides a great overview of the nation today. As many as 5,000 different projects have been included in the programme, with an especially strong presence of culture, nature, history and doing good for both each other and the future of Finland.

Finland’s Independence Day, December 06, will be preceded by both traditional and new festivities over several days. Most of the official celebrations will take place in the capital city, Helsinki, but there will be many other unique moments all over Finland. The Finnish flag will fly for two consecutive days, and the whole country will be illuminated with blue and white lights, the colours of Finland. Special monuments and locations, e.g, an entire fell, Saana in Lapland, will be lit up.

A Present Prime Minister in Company with a Very Likely Future One in Katariina Raikkonen The Youth Adviser Day of The Girls: October 11: 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Many joyful festivities will bring people together. As the Finns are the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, the whole country will gather to enjoy birthday coffee to honour the 100-year-old Finland. Avid karaoke fans will be singing iconic Finnish songs at the same time in karaoke restaurants all over the country. The nation’s favourite sport, ice hockey, will be celebrated at an outdoor stadium in the heart of Helsinki, specially built for the occasion.

Abroad, all the Finnish embassies will host an Independence Day reception and Finnish communities around the world will have their own celebrations. In many countries, special concerts with famous Finnish artists such as Ms Karita Mattila and Mr Esa-Pekka Salonen will be organised.

“Celebrations will take place on all the continents. It’s touching to see how many friends our country has all over the world. We are very pleased with all the special greetings, gifts and visits from heads of states, that Finland has, already, received during the centenary year. We invite everyone to join the celebration with us.” says Mr Timonen.

Further information
Congratulations Finland
Finland 100 centenary year

Inquiries:
suomi100media at sek.fi, tel. +358 :0:50 327 5160 weekdays 09:00-16:00: UCT+2
Päivi Pirttilä, Head of Communications, paivi.pirttila at vnk.fi
tel. +358:0:295 160 133 or +358:0:40 705 3323

Information on the Finland 100 celebrations at the Finnish embassies:
Communications Officer Tiina Tähtinen, Public Diplomacy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
tiina.tahtinen at formin.fi, tel. + 358 295 351765
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The World Economies: According to the Legatum World Prosperity Index 2017

|| November 29: 2017 || ά. The 11th edition of the Legatum Prosperity Index has been out and shows a number of surprising global, regional and national trends in economic and social wellbeing, including, an alarming deterioration in global security and a widening gap between the most and least prosperous nations. The Legatum Prosperity Index is the world’s leading global measure of economic and social wellbeing. Covering 149 nations and based on 104 indicators and 15,000 data points, it presents a unique insight into international wellbeing by identifying the conditions required for prosperous nations. But the question is this: who is getting more prosperous over whom? Or rather, who are getting less prosperous or more poor? However, in this Index, ​Norway has regained the number one spot from New Zealand, while the UK has maintained its tenth place in the rankings.

Following in third, fourth and fifth positions are Finland, Switzerland and Sweden respectively as it appears that India is catching up to China and the America First United States of America is nowhere to be seen among the first ten economies on the list. The Legatum Index's broad range of indicators allows the Prosperity Index to pinpoint not only the drivers, but, also, the obstacles to a nation’s prosperity. These are organised into nine pillars of prosperity: Economic Quality, Business Environment, Governance, Personal Freedom, Social Capital, Safety and Security, Education, Health and Natural Environment. Despite turbulence in many areas, global prosperity has increased. Prosperity now sits at its highest level in the last decade, 02.6% higher than in 2007. More countries have shown improvement than those, who haven’t, however, the gap between the most and least prosperous 30 nations continues to grow. And the answer is those, who have much are getting richer and those, who do not have much are getting more poorer. Readmore

 

Sekisui Diagnostics Selects Ginolis for Automated Production Solution

|| November 01: 2017 || Sekisui Diagnostics, a global company in innovative medical diagnostic products, has selected global automation solutions provider, Ginolis, to automate the packaging and labelling of its rapid diagnostic test strips. The production solution is based on Ginolis’ desktop Xanthia automation platform. The desktop design and comprehensive machine vision system enable high quality production within a small footprint.

The company is committed to revolutionising the healthcare consumables industry with its innovative approach to automation. "We were impressed with Ginolis and their modular approach to equipment flexibility. We were, also, impressed with their track record for on time delivery and excellent referrals from previous customers." said Mr Harold Chan, VP IVD RD and Manufacturing of Sekisui Diagnostics. Readmore

Pöyry Wins Deltek ERP Project Implementation Excellence Award 2017

|| October 24: 2017|| ά. Pöyry has won the Deltek Project Implementation Excellence Award 2017. Selected from an extensive field of nominations, Pöyry was recognised by Deltek, a leading global provider of enterprise software and solutions, for its outstanding achievement in improving business processes and performance, driving innovation and increasing profitability using Deltek's solutions.

The Project Implementation Award specifically recognised the way in which Pöyry rolled out its new Enterprise Resource Planning:ERP system to its 5,500 employees in 40 countries. The ERP system, which is based on Deltek's Maconomy software, has helped to further strengthen the way Pöyry manages its projects, finances and information across its global operations.
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New Finland-International Finance Corporation Climate Fund for the Developing Countries Will Channel Hundreds of Millions of Euros to Renewable and Green Energy Industry

|| October 12: 2017|| ά. Finland and the International Finance Corporation:IFC, which is a member of the World Bank Group, will together set up a joint climate fund, that will support renewable and clean energy solutions and other climate projects in developing countries. Finland will channel a total of Eur114 million into the Finland-IFC Climate Change Programme, whose duration is 25 years. The funds will be invested in climate projects during the next five years. This will be the largest funding ever targeted at international climate work in Finland.

"With this investment, Finland will fulfil the promise it gave at the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in Paris for directing a significant part of its development funding to climate actions. At the same time, establishing a joint fund with the world’s largest development financier will open for Finnish companies a door to the growing clean energy solution markets in developing countries.", says Mr Kai Mykkänen, Finland's Minister for Foreign Trade and Development. Compared with the IFC’s usual practice, the Finland Fund allows directing investments to poorer countries than before and focusing on earlier phase investments. Readmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LipiDiDiet Finds Way to Impact on Alzheimer’s Disease Before It’s Too Late

|| November 05: 2017: University of Eastern Finland News || ά. Full results from the European LipiDiDiet clinical trial were published online in The Lancet Neurology. The trial showed that in people with Prodromal Alzheimer’s, the pre-dementia stage of this disease, consumption of a once-daily medical nutrition drink, whilst not improving a specific neuropsychological test battery:NTB, did result in a significant stabilisation of everyday cognitive and functional performance, as well as, reduced brain shrinkage. The drink contains Fortasyn Connect, a specific combination of essential fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients.

The pioneering clinical trial is part of a large European Union funded project and involved 311 patients across 11 sites in four countries, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. The trial involved patients with Prodromal Alzheimer’s, often referred to as Mild Cognitive Impairment or MCI. Patients were randomised to receive either the nutritional intervention or an iso-caloric control drink for 24 months. The study’s primary endpoint, impact on NTB, was not met. The decline in the NTB of the control group was less than anticipated rendering this analysis statistically underpowered. However, the key secondary endpoints showed significant advantages for nutrient-treated patients with 45% less worsening in the Clinical Dementia Rating-Sum of Box:CDR-SB. Readmore

Dancer You Transposition: Of Transience Into Movement: You Achieved It Here: And the Final Spin That Tree Out of Motion: Didn't It Fully Possess the Turning of the Year: Didn't the Tree-Top to Centre Your Spinning: Suddenly Blossom From Stillness: And Over It Too: Wasn't the Sun the Summer the Infinite: Warmth Created by You: Rainer Maria Rilke in Graham Good's Trans-Creation: And Here is the Neurology of Art

|| September 14: 2017: University of Helsinki News: Hanna Poikonen Writing || ά. Music activates our deeper brain areas, but what happens in a dancer’s brain? Movement can trigger a flow-state, which makes way for an intuitive neural network. As technology takes over more areas of our lives, interest in more natural ways of life has, also, increased massively. One example of this desire to reconnect with nature is the upsurge of yoga and meditation retreats. Music and dance have been fundamental parts of the human experience for millennia. They have enabled interaction, which has given rise to close communities and rich cultures.

Neuroscience has studied music for decades. It has been found to activate the deeper brain areas in a unique way. Deep brain areas are, primarily, responsible for emotions, memory and social interaction. They evolved in the human brain much earlier than the cognitive functions in the cortex. My doctoral dissertation developed methods for understanding the processes, that dance generates in the cortex.  I compared the brain functions of professional dancers and musicians to people with no experience of dance or music as they watched recordings of a dance piece. The brain activity of the dancers was different from that of musicians and the control group during sudden changes in the music, long-term listening of music and the audio-visual dance performance. Readmore

Inner Ear Hair Cells are Hard to Regenerate

|| August 21: 2017: University of Helsinki News: Eeva Karmist and Maarja Laos Writing || ά. Sensory cells, called, hair cells, are crucial for the function of the auditory and balance organs. Hair cells die in response to loud sounds and chemotherapeutic and certain anti-bacterial drugs, leading to hearing and balance deficits. There are currently no therapeutic solutions available to regenerate lost hair cells and to restore sensory deficits associated with the inner ear. In her doctoral dissertation M.Sc Ms Maarja Laos investigates the regenerative abilities of cells in the inner ear auditory and balance organs.

“This study takes one step closer to revealing why regenerative manipulations become less efficient when the inner ear matures. It demonstrates the regenerative potential in the inner ear, but also, shows there is still a long way to go before hair cells can be regenerated in patients with inner ear disorders., says Ms Laos. Unlike mammals, other vertebrate groups are able to regenerate hair cells using neighboring supporting cells as a source for the replacement hair cells. Therefore, supporting cells serve as a target for therapeutic manipulations to replace the lost hair cells in mammalian inner ear. Readmore

 

 

|| August 30: 2017: University of Helsinki News: Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen Suvi Uotinen and Karin Hannukainen Writing || ά. Researchers examinepre-colonial geometric earthworks in the south-western Amazonia from the point of view of indigenous peoples and archaeology. The study shows that the earthworks were once important ritual communication spaces. The geometric earthworks, found in this region of Amazonia have raised the interest within the scientific community, as well as, the media and the general public and they have been explored recently by several international research teams. These unique archaeological sites have been labelled as, the Geoglyphs of Acre, as most of them are located in the Brazilian State of Acre.

Nearly 500 sites have already been registered and have been included on the Brazilian State Party's Tentative List for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The construction period and use, span the time period of approximately 3000-1000 BP. The earthwork ditches form geometric patterns, such as, squares, circles, U-forms, ellipses and octagons. They can be several meters deep and enclose areas of hundreds of square meters. Dr Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, has conducted research with indigenous peoples in the study area for a long time. Readmore

 

 

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Where are You Off to Emma: I am Going to Pay The Amsterdamleys a Visit: The Amsterdamleys Emma: You Know the New Family That Came to Settle Here Instead of Helsinki: Instead of Helsinki Emma: Oh Well Walk with Me and It will Tell You All About It: I am Afraid I Think My Feet are Bent on Killing Me: Well Isn't It Great That There's a Dr Amsterdamley There to Help Your Feet: I Think I Would Rather  Go and Sit with Your Father and Follow the Shakespearian Feet Instead If You Do Not Mind

 

|| November 20: 2017 || ά. Well, Dear Reader, Jane Austen did not get to write this conversation between Ms Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley. Apparently, this scene and The Amsterdamleys are not in Emma at all. In fact, this scene is in European Medicines Agency:EMA, which faces the imminent relocation from London to, so many wanted to offer EMA a home, in fact 19 European Cities ran a 'war' of affection, including, Helsinki, to its new home, which happens to be Amsterdam. It's been decided that EMA is to go home to Amsterdam. Helsinki, despite putting up a 'Winter War' of Affection, as far as campaigning goes, but has had to accept that that was that. So, now EMA is going to move to Amsterdam and, whereby, in EMA's honour and to console Elsinki, we have had to improvise Jane Austen's Emma. And, just because EMA is not coming to Helsinki, do not forget to look after and nurture Fimea, will you?

The Council of the European Union has today decided that the new seat of the European Medicines Agency:EMA is to be Amsterdam. The London-based European Medicines Agency:EMA must be relocated following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Altogether 19 cities in the European Union offered to host the EMA, Helsinki among them. “Although, the EMA will not be moving to Helsinki, by joining the contest we were able to improve our Europe-wide networks in the medicines sector. Our Helsinki for EMA campaign showcased Finnish expertise in the field.” said Ms Pirkko Mattila, Finland's Minister of Social Affairs and Health. Finland has high-ranking expertise in the health and medicines sectors.

Health technology has long been the country's leading sector in high-technology exports and its exports value has increased five-fold in the past two decades. The Finnish Medicines Agency:Fimea is a highly esteemed agency in the EU. It, also, plays an important role in the European co-operation to supervise medicines, as was highlighted in the campaign.

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“We have promoted our strengths and highlighted facts about them during our campaign.” says Ms Mattila. In its campaign the City of Helsinki asserted itself as a rising centre of health and life sciences, where the research community and the public and private sectors work closely together. There are nearly 30,000 highly educated life sciences professionals in the Greater Helsinki area.

The universities and research institutes in the Greater Helsinki area together form one of the highest-ranking medical research hubs in Europe.

“We believe that our role in the campaign for EMA will attract more foreign investments and expertise to the Helsinki area.” says Ms Marja-Leena Rinkineva, Director of Economic Development in the City of Helsinki.

The European Medicines Agency:EMA is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the European Union. Its successful relocation from London to Amsterdam will be of critical importance for medicines safety in Europe. Fimea will step up its engagement in the co-operation between European medicines authorities and thereby support and contribute to the successful relocation of the EMA and the upholding of medicines safety in Europe.

Inquiries
Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 382, firstname.lastname at stm.fi
Kari Synberg, Special Adviser to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 50 574 2297, firstname.lastname at stm.fi
Marja-Leena Rinkineva, Director of Economic Development, City of Helsinki, tel. +358 50 559 9183, firstname.lastname at hel.fi:: ω.

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