Penkkarit

Wenige Tage, bevor in Deutschland die Karnevalsumzüge starten, gibt es jährlich in Finnland, und vor allem in Helsinki, eine eigene Art Umzug: Penkkarit. Auch hier werden Süßigkeiten unter das Volk geworfen und die Teilnehmer und Fahrzeuge sind “verkleidet”. Allerdings handelt es sich nicht um Narren, sondern um Abiturienten, die sich nun auf die letzten Abiturprüfungen…

Charismatic in Finland = no Charisma

According to Wikipedia, Charisma is something like a “compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others”. YLE, the national broadcasting company, has undertaken a poll to find out, who of the political leaders in Finland is seen as the most charismatic. Out came the leader of the Centre Party, Juha Sipilä. People seemed…

Holiday on Ice

Quick changes in temperature and strong winds have created a beautiful landscape of ice at the seashore in Helsinki: There is a layer of ice on a cushion of air and underneath is ice again. A wonderful “crunchy” walking experience when your shoes break through the ice but it’s dry underneath. Only our dog wasn’t…

Finnish Voices

It’s dark again. This means: you need inner power. I found this video of a concert of Naiskuoro Timotei, a Finnish Women’s choir. They sing  traditional music and wear traditional costumes of their area. I think the power they present is very impressive. The quality of the recording is not so great, but I hope…

Melancholic and fierce

Finnish traditional music also mirrors the quietness of nature. This song has accompanied me for many years: Olin sairas …kun luokseni saapuit. Singer is Anna-Kaisa Liedes, now head of folk music department at Sibelius Academy. From the area of Karelia, which now lies mostly in Russia, this somewhat more lively piece: Lannen Lokari , performed…

Fall is here

Unbelievable! The summer is over, fall is coming and I haven’t written for ages. Summer in Helsinki is a very busy time for tour guides, with cruise ships every day, bus tours on their way to or from the North Cape and precious sunshine to be enjoyed at the lake- or seashore. Now I want…

Mitt-Sommer? Mid-Summer?

Juhannus, das Mittsommerfest in Finnland, fiel dieses Jahr ins Wasser. Und in den Kühlschrank, sozusagen. Es war so ungemütlich, dass wir das Anzünden des großen Feuers auf der Insel Seurasaari nicht abgewartet haben. Weicheier, ganz klar. Dafür kam dann später wieder die Sonne, um uns wenigstens mit einem schönen Sonnenuntergang und dem Phänomen der “Weißen…

New Prime Minister for Finland

Jyrki Katainen, former prime minister of Finland, has succeeded in transferring his burden of leading Finland to a new man: Alexander Stubb, who is succeeding Katainen as head of the strongest party National Coalition Party and thus becomes automatically prime minister of Finland. I have collected a few videos from YouTube to give an idea…

Haitari music

Summer is inevitably also coming to Finland and with it comes music festivals all over the country. The Finnish music scene is very diverse. Haitari, the accordion or rather the Russian bayan-type version of it, is found regularly in Finnish Folk music. Here are five different musicians with very different performances. I like them all.…

Doppelte Staatsangehörigkeit / dual citizenship

Nachdem ich nun zwei Staatsangehörigkeiten habe, ein völlig  unerwarteter Umstand in meinem Leben, beschäftige ich mich natürlich mit den Grundgesetzen der beiden Staaten, in denen ich wohne, um heraus zu finden, ob und wie sich die Unterschiede im Gesetz vielleicht auf das Leben im Land auswirken. Ich stelle einfach verschiedenen Paragraphen, die sich mit den…