Berlin 1

Long ago, I lived and worked in Berlin, shortly after the wall came down. When I decided to start a family, we left the city, as I couldn’t imagine to raise children there. In those days, playgrounds and sidewalks in Berlin were too often toilets for dogs and garbage cans for heroin needles (unless you…

Best nature photographs 2015

After a disappointing Christmas season, at least with respect to the weather, Finland has arrived at snow and ice. Today -31 °C were reported from North-Karelia. Helsinki is presenting us with mild -13 °C. In any case, one is staying more time inside and it is a good time to look at the new winners…

Silakka Markkinat

The first Herrings-Market in Helsinki was organized in 1743. Still at the end of the 19th century the harbor looked very picturesque with large sailing boats docking at the quay  (see  featured image from the ©Helsinki Museum picture archive). Der erste Heringsmarkt in Helsinki fand 1743 statt. Noch am Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts sah der…

Jättiläiset

Helsinki feiert gerade die Helsinki Festwochen. Dazu gehört regelmäßig die Nacht der Künste. Dieses Jahr war der Hauptevent eine beeindruckende Vorstellung mit zwei 8 m hohen Puppen auf dem Senatsplatz, Mann und Frau, Sehnsucht und Hoffnung, die versuchen, zueinander zu finden (ja klar, happy end). Konzept und Verwirklichung durch BeNoit Mousserion & Bérangère Pajaud: Cie…

Elections / Wahlen

On Sunday we will elect the new “Eduskunta”, parliament. Yle News, which is the English branch of Finnish broadcasting YLE, has interviewed all party leaders on the most pressing questions. Am Sonntag wird in Finnland das neue Parlament gewählt. 200 Abgeordnete in direkter Wahl. Yle News, die englische Ausgabe des Finnischen Senders YLE, hat alle…