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Reports and (sometimes) photographs are posted here.

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


29-09-2017 - Annual Seminar 2017

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An Invitation to the annual Autumn Seminar:

“A Hidden Longing”

on Friday 29 September 2017
at 12.00 – 4.15pm


in collaboration with


invites you to the annual Autumn Seminar
at the British Embassy, Itäinen Puistotie 17, 00140 Helsinki.

Reserve your seat at the seminar through the Finnish-British Society’s website

The cost is €30 and includes lunch and coffee and tea.
Deadline for bookings and payments is 18 September 2017.

The attendees will need to bring a photographic ID to show to the security
guards at the Embassy.


Seminar Programme

“A Hidden Longing”

Autumn Seminar at the British Embassy

Friday 29 September 2017
at 12.00 – 4.15pm


Lunch in the conference room of the Embassy Residence


Opening words by the Ambassador Sarah Price, British Embassy in Helsinki


The Oral Tradition, Nick Hennessey


“A Hidden Longing”, Nick Hennessey and Timo Väänänen perform songs
and stories from the Fenno-Ugrian past.


About the performers:
Dr Timo Väänänen is a folk musician from Sibelius Academy with a PhD in music and the ability to play the Finnish kantele like a wizard.
Nick Hennessey is a storyteller from the Lake District who has toured Finland over the years and enchanted his audience with his magical stories.


Coffee break


 “A Hidden Longing” continues


Closing remarks by Marjut Salminen, Chair of the Federation of Finnish-British Societies


JUNE 2017

05-06-2017 - English Garden Trip 2017

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APRIL 2017

04-04-2017 - Town Hall Brexit

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Invitation to a town hall meeting on Brexit

The British Ambassador, Sarah Price,

in association with

the Anglican Church in Finland and

the Federation of Finnish-British Societies,

invites you to

a discussion of Britain’s departure from the European Union

for British citizens and their families


Tuesday 4 April 2017, 1630-1830hrs

in the crypt of Helsinki Cathedral, Kirkkokatu 18, Helsinki


Coffee and tea will be served

Please RSVP with your name and email address

by Wednesday 29 March to

Please note that there are limited places for this event.


21-01-2017 - Debating Championships 2017

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Debating Threats to Democracy

The Finnish National Schools Debating Championships 2017 were held in Espoo, at Mattlidens gymnasium on 21st and 22nd of January 2017. The Competition saw 4 preliminary rounds and a final, which was open to the public and recorded by a media team, from vocational institution Prakticum.

The British Ambassador Sarah Price spoke at the Opening Ceremony, and the Deputy Canadian Ambassador Francis Uy at the Closing Ceremony. Their inspiring remarks gave encouragement to the participants, and added to the importance of the event.

The Competition provided valuable time for meeting sessions for debate coaches and teachers, to help organize the debate year 2017 as well as possible with mostly voluntary forces. National schools debate events have also given a spark for the schools students themselves: they have established a students' network, with a cross-regional committee of 10 enthusiastic schools debaters. During the weekend's meeting they decided, amongst other plans, to organize an online seminar hosted by an international debate coach, accessible to student debaters all over Finland.

As a prize the two finalist teams will participate in the second edition of Debating Threats to Democracy, to be held in Bratislava in March 2017. The winner of the competition was Etelä-Tapiola, and the team from Ressun lukio was the runner-up. Also at the Closing Ceremony, Porin lyseo team was awarded a Scholarship, for their enthusiastic performance. The Scholarship was designed for a team coming from a less active debating region, and sponsors attendance at a debating event in the summer.

The Championships had approximately 80 participants. There were 12 participating teams, plus the teachers, judges and volunteers.

The motions of Finnish National Schools Debating Championships were:

  • Round 1 (Pre prepared): This House Believes That (THBT) the US should withdraw military and development aid to the Philippines
  • Round 2: THW ban the display of all art created with the intended purpose or reasonably likely outcome of creating offence
  • Round 3 (Pre prepared): THW not allow family members of incumbent politicians to run for public office, or hold appointed positions in public service
  • Round 4: THBT university and college education in Finland should be financed by government-backed loans instead of being free
  • Final: In areas with high foreign language populations, THW offer lessons in schools in the most commonly spoken language in that area. (e.g. in areas with high Turkish populations in Germany, one would offer lessons in Turkish)

The Chief Adjudicating team chose the motions, and gave extensive support to the debaters and the judges throughout the weekend. Chief Adjudicators were Sharmila Parmanand and Valtteri Walldén. Sharmila is among the top debate coaches in the world and Valtteri Walldén is an experienced debater and a coach.

At the event, other judges came from different university debate societies, representing all established university debate regions in Finland: the hope is that with their experience from this competition they have the know-how of providing coaching for their local schools, in which no chance at debating has been available so far.

The event was reported to the magazine of Federation of Finnish-British societies, in paper and online, and a live stream and recording of the final was made. The video team also recorded an interview with the finalists.

Feedback from participants was largely positive. Organizing of the competition ran smoothly, and volunteers and the contact teacher of Mattliden made sure that the crucial points, like the registration and meals were served on time. The championships are an essential event for Finnish debating; it is a place for students, teachers and judges to network and share ideas, together working towards the goal of making this important educative activity more popular and accessible in regions and schools across Finland.


18-01-2017 - English Essay Writing Competition 2017

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Finnish-British Society ry organizes for the 33rd time the national English-language writing competition in 2016 high school students started their studies. Writing date is Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January. Essay instructions are enclosed. Writing tasks are picked up from FINNBRITIN web site 18 january 8.00 am From: .


TIME: Wednesday 18 or Thursday 19 january 2017.

PARTICIPANTS: first-year high school students. The best material from each of the English group. A dictionary or other source material shall not be used. reserved for the writing competition time is 90 minutes. The substance must be written by hand. Substance length of 200-250 words. Articles and prepositions are included. With more than 300-word materials are not taken into account nor to be sent for review.


The jury includes representatives from the Board of Education, University of Helsinki, English language teachers association and the Finnish-British Society.


The first prize is 500 euros for the trip to England. At other prizes is in English literature.


Deliberation and decision by the school's English teachers to send the best (1) essay from each group in English at the latest by 17.02.2017 to:

Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki, Finland.
The envelope should be marked 'Writing Competition'.

Each essay must be accompanied by the author's name, age, address, how many years of English the student has studied, as well as the name and address of school. Details of the winners is delivered to schools by 17/03/2017. Finnish-British Society reserves the right to ownership and publication of the essays.


Write ONE of the following.
1. What humans can learn from animals.
2. The best season of the year.
3. My favorite hobby.
4. Write a short fictional story beginning: "I suddenly felt very strange ..."
5. What the world needs now is ...?