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These are Past Events.

Reports and (sometimes) photographs are posted here.

If you have any additional comments or photographs, we would be happy to receive them.


01-12-2008 - Christmas Parties 2008

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CHRISTMAS PARTIES at local societies. Please see the many happenings at local societies, too.


22-11-2008 - Mikkeli Special Event

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will arrange a special weekend event on 22nd November. Further information and invitation from Ilona Kolberg, Mikkeli F-B S Secretery.


05-11-2008 - English Essay Writing Competition 2008

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Results from the English Language Essay Writing Competition 2008

The Federation of Finnish-British Societies annual English Essay Writing Competition was held for the 25th time on the 5th and 6th of November, 2008. An invitation was sent out to the first class of all sixth forms (“lukios”) in Finland. Teachers then sent in the best essay from each class, and in all 168 essays were received from a total of 62 schools. 
The jury was composed of five judges, including representatives from the Helsinki Finnish-British Society, the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board, and the University of Helsinki Department of English. They were unanimous in giving first prize to Jaan Esken from Tampereen klassillinen lukio for his witty and original essay on the subject of “Are holidays really fun?” The standard of essays was as usual, high, and the judges would like to congratulate the nine runners-up and thank all those who took part in the competition.

Mark Shackleton, Chair, Essay Writing Competition.

Essay topics:

  1. Write a story beginning with the words “What on earth did it mean?...”
  2. What will happen when petrol runs out?
  3. Write a letter to your mother/father/parents and either thank them for the way they have brought you up or criticize the way they have raised you.
  4. Do girls and boys come from the same planet?
  5. My home is my castle or is it?
  6. Are holidays really fun?
First prize, a trip to England:    
Jaan Esken Tampereen klassillinen lukio Topic no 6.
Runners-up prize, an English dictionary:
(in alphabetical order)
Lassi Heikkinen Ressun lukio Topic no. 2.
Sanni Lyytikäinen Mikkelin yhteiskoulu lukio Topic no. 4.
Johannes Malkamäki Tampereen yhteiskoulu lukio Topic no. 2.
Johanna Rehn Ekenäs gymnasium Topic no. 4.
Saana Rossi Ressun lukio Topic no. 1.
Hanna Sarsa Viikin normaalikoulu Topic no. 1.
Lauri Teivonen Kallion lukio Topic no. 4.
Aksu Tervonen Mikkelin yhteiskoulu lukio Topic no. 5.
Maria Tuomela Kallion lukio Topic no. 4.



03-11-2008 - FINN-BRITS Magazine Autumn 2008

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FINN-BRITS MAGAZINE Autumn 2008. The issue will appear in October-November.


20-10-2008 - John Wibley lecture tour

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My Life in Music
 a lecture tour by John Wibley, cellist in the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester 20th - 25th November 2008


01-11-2008 - Debating Competition semifinals 2008

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Debating Competition semi-final places and coordinators:

Helsinki: Ritva Korhonen, ritva1.korhonen(at), Kulosaaren yhteiskoulu
Joensuu: Leena Semi, leena.semi(at), Joensuun Norssi
Jyväskylä: David Hamer, David.Hamer(at), Jyväskylän lyseo
Kouvola: Terhi Manelius, terhi.manelius(at), Kouvolan lyseon lukio
Kuopio: Katri Silvasti, katri.silvasti(at), Kuopion lyseon lukio
Oulu : Anne Ontero, anne.ontero(at), Oulun Suomalaisen Yhteiskoulun lukio
Tampere: Mike Davies, mike.davies(at), Tampereen lyseo IB-school
Turku:Irmeli Kaustio, ikaustio(at), Turun Norssi


11-10-2008 - Debating Skills Workshop 2008

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Federation of Finnish-British Societies r.y. teachers are organizing a course on debates' teaching skills.

This course is for one-day and will be held in Tampere on the following:
Date: Saturday 11 October 2008
Time: 09.00-16.00
Venue: Tampereen lyseon lukio, F.E. Sillanpään Katu 7, PL29, 33231 T:RE

Making debate fun for students
Thinking on one's feet
Developing ideas
Building a case
Challenging opponents
Debate vocabulary and expressions
Persuasive language
Body language
Popular topics
Methods: Games, role plays, group discussion, lecturing, demonstration

Mike Davies, BA English, PGCE
Rich Penny, BSc Politics and International Relations, Baltic Debating Champion 2006, Finalist in seven other university debating competitions.

Price: €50

Registration: Before the 19 September 2008 to Kaarina Ojasti <kaarina.ojasti(at)>
Payment: Federation bank account 313130-1114701 by 19th September 2008


26-09-2008 - Traditional Autumn Seminar 2008

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The traditional Autumn Seminar in 2008 took place at the British Embassy on Friday 26 September.

The theme this year was "A United Kingdom? - The Case for Scotland "

The speakers are:
Andrew Newby
Donald Adamson
Chris Warhurst
Jean Urquhart

The talks were followed by a panel debate on "What would good governance mean for Scotland?" moderated by
Hiski Haukkala.


18-01-2008 - National Debating Competition Final 2007/2008

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The Federation of Finnish-British Societies arranged the Final of the English Debating competition for upper secondary school students at the British Embassy on Friday, the 18th of January 2008.

Alajärven lukio:
Justus Kareno
Juha-Matti Paavola
Iisalmen lukio:
Tuomas Paulin
Riina Repo
Kouvolan lyseon lukio:
Marjo Hienonen
Hanna-Mari Rämä
Kuopion Musiikkilukio:
Tuomas Tajakka
Antti Hyartt
Oulun Suomalaisen yhteiskoulun lukio:
Liisa Lauri
Anni Alasuutari
Tampereen Steiner koulu:
Kasmir Jolma
Nanny Hernberg
Turun normaalikoulu:
Sanna Parikka
Antti Laine


  1. This House Would Drastically Increase the Price of Flights, to Protect the Environment.
  2. This House Would Outlaw Any Speech Which Intentionally Insults People’s Religious Beliefs.
  3. This House Believes that the EU Should Become one Country - a “United States of Europe”.
  4. This House Believes that GM Food Will Save the World from Starvation.
  5. This House Would Authorise the Use of Torture in Cases where Finland is under Attack.
  6. This House Would Allow Parents to Choose Half of the Courses that Students Take for their Matriculation Exams.

The winners of the 2008 competition were Sanna Parikka and Antti Laine from Turun normaalikoulu and the second prize was shared by the teams from Alajärven lukio and Pohjois-Tapiolan lukio.

Congratulations to all the winners and to all for a good competition!