• The famous monument in Helsinki  (Part 7)

    We continuous with SUOMENLINNA, which is an archipelago of 6 smalls islands. This fortress has been built in 1748 by the Swedish to protect itself against the Russia. However in 1808, it became Russian until 1918. Today there are houses, restaurants, museum. We can see a neighborhood of Russian's house, the tomb of the Count A. EHRENSVARD. 

    To go to SUOMENLINNA, you have to take a boat next to the market place, the crossing takes 15 minutes. 

     

                            

                            

     


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  • KANSALLISMUSEO 

    This is the national museum, it occupy since 1916 the romantico-medieval edifice designed by GESELLIUS, LINDGREN and SAARINEN in 1910. This museum tell the history of Finland from Stone Age until XX century. 

    We can see some archaeological remains, sculptures of XIV, ethnographic collection, the retable of the church of Kalanti with 8 shutters (1420) and the mural of Gallen-Kallela (1928) illustrating the finnish epic poem: the Kalevala

                            

                             

                                               


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  • Local News Story

    Finland help Vietnam to improve the electrical distribution. The government lent 4,5 millions of dollars, amount drawn on its development assistance budget. This project will be realized by the Central Power Corporation in collaboration with the Finnish Company ABB Oy. Currently, Vietnam has 20 projects financed by finnish financial contributions in environment, health, water treatment and energy sectors. An aggregate amount which rises at 57 millions of dollars. 


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  • Landscapes & Life in Finland (Part 6)

    Here you can see some scattered pictures that I want to share with you kiss cool

     

    It is the coffee REGATTA, where you can take your coffee around the fire. And when there is sunshine you can admire a wonderful sundowner!!!!

                          

     

     

     

                          

     

    Here it's a Skybar, situated on the roof of the TORNI , it's in the center of Helsinki. You can see all the city, it's very beautiful!! (To do when there is sun)


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  • Local News Story 

    Finland adopt a new 'Social Pact'. To reduce the labour cost, the employees will have to bear the unemployment insurance contributions and the retirement contributions, instead of employers. They will have to work 3 days more, with a wage freeze for a unlimited period.  

    It's crisis in Finland, the country is in recession since 4 years. The new First Minister, Juha SIPILA, explain that with 'Apple killed Finland twice'. The first one, by creating I-Phone which caused the disappearance of Nokia, and second time, by creating I-Pad, which caused the decrease of paper's demand. In addition to that, the business with Russia deteriorated because of the sanctions of Europe against Moscow. 

    Like with European treaty, a country can't devaluate its money, the government has been obligated to reduce wages. 


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  • Landscapes & Life in Finland (Part 7)

    Here you can see some scattered pictures that I want to share with you kiss cool

    Here you can see Porvoo, it's the second typical city of Finland after Turku. It became a city in 1380, it was an important shopping center. Its historical heart represent the former warehouses in red bricks on the river, which once housed products destined at all the Europe. 

                    

                     

                     


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  • Geopolitics 

    Finland hasn't internal conflict. Concerning the external aspect, since the eighties (period of Finlandization by URSS) Finland hasn't conflict with its neighbouring country. 

    The baltic is an area both maritime and multi-secular politics. It's a place of competition and cooperation between power with sometimes conflicting interests. 

    However since the Ukrainian crisis, the Nordic countries have been forced to reconsider their defense policy and their alliances. Finland trains about 230 000 soldiers, only for ground troops. This large army, one of the most modern in Europe, which has US combat aircraft F / A-18 Hornet US and sophisticated missiles, and a small naval force with advanced materials, form a fairly deterrent tool. Finnish society is also very stable, which makes the country fairly resistant to cope with the destabilizing techniques used by Russia in Ukraine.

    Finns are convinced that the country must ensure its own survival, that person will never come to his aid. So, between 60% and 70% of citizens are opposed since 20 years to the country's entry into NATO. But for security, the European Union is the preferred option by Finland which has called for increased military cooperation between European in the 90's to strengthen their collective capabilities for crisis management, and more recently in favor a strengthening of territorial defense component.

    Sweden and Finland plan to have in 2023 a permanent bilateral naval force to patrol, hunt suspects submarines and support each other in case of military attack.

    Finland has increase its military budget. At operational level a series of violations of the airspace of the country, as well as aviation and submarine foreign have held on alert Finnish forces during 2015. The country needs to maintain good relations with Russia, while being a member of an opposing camp at Moscow to which the EU applies sanctions. Implying meetings at the highest political level.

     


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