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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.


05-12-2009 - Christmas Parties 2009

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Branches will be holding their Christams Parties during December.  Contact your local branch for details or visit their websites!


18-11-2009 - Debating Competition semifinals 2009

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Debating semi-finals for Lukio students took place at nine local centres in November.


11-11-2009 - English Essay Writing Competition 2009

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The Federation of Finnish-British Societies annual English Essay Writing Competition was held for the 26th time in November 2009.  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 130 essays were received from a total of 61 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. 

The judges gave first prize to Riku Määttä (Read the essay) from Tammerkosken lukio for his essay on what makes a good friend.  Riku’s essay was personal, nicely phrased and communicated a sense of genuine emotion and feeling for a close friend.  Well done Riku! 

The judges also wished to specially commend Martti Kaipiainen’s sophisticated essay.

The standard of essays was as usual high, and the judges would like to congratulate the ten runners-up and thank all those who took part in the competition.

Mark Shackleton, Chairman, Essay Writing Competition.

Essay topics:

  1. What I like/do not like sports.
  2. Begin a story starting “I really can’t imagine how it could have happened…”
  3. What makes a good friend?
  4. Write a composition that ends with the following:  “It was fate that brought us together.”
  5. There’s no place like home. Do you agree?
  6. When I am a father/mother…


First prize, a trip to England:

Riku Määttä (Read the essay)

Tammerkosken lukio Topic no 3.

Runners-up prize, an English dictionary:

(in alphabetical order)

Anniina Hyppölä Rauman lukio   Topic no. 5.
Mari Juusola Kallion lukio     Topic no. 4.
Martti Kaipaiainen Joensuun normaalikoulu Topic no. 3.
Timo Kalliokoski Vaasan lyseon lukio  Topic no. 5.
Jarno Keinänen   Siilinjärven lukio       Topic no. 6.
Tuomas Kekkonen Viitasaaren lukio    Topic no. 5.
Antti Kuosmanen Tampereen klassillinen lukio Topic no. 1.
Aksel Mägi    Lohjan yhteislyseon lukio  Topic no. 1.
Minna Uutela    Valkealanlukio   Topic no. 2.
Sakari Väkevä  Mikkelin yhteiskoulun lukio Topic no. 4.



03-11-2009 - FINN-BRITS Magazine Autumn 2009

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FINN-BRITS MAGAZINE Autumn 2009. The issue will appear in October-November.


01-10-2009 - Debating Skills Workshop 2009

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Debating skills workshop for English Teachers in early October.


25-09-2009 - Traditional Autumn Seminar 2009

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The seminar, “The Social Impact of Climate Change” took place at the British Embassy on 25th September 2009.

The speakers in the seminar were Malcolm Keay (Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies), Kirsten Hastrup (Copenhagen University), Michèle Marin (Adviser to the CEO, INRA, the National Institute for Agricultural Research, France) and Oras Tynkkynen (MP, advisor to the PM on climate change issues).

A panel discussion on “the implications for international relations” was be led by Dr Anna Korppoo (Senior Researcher in the International Politics of Natural Resources and the Environment-research Programme, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs).


After the seminar the Federations’ 30th Anniversary Party took place in Seurahuone/Socis Helsinki. The evening programme was light and bubbly with plenty of music, a few great (and short) speeches and catchy tunes sung by the Part A Boys and the Helsinki Barbershop Quartet.



25-09-2009 - The Federation's 30th Anniversary Party

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After the seminar the Federations’ 30th Anniversary Party took place in Seurahuone/Socis Helsinki. The evening programme was light and bubbly with plenty of music, a few great (and short) speeches and catchy tunes sung by the Part A Boys and the Helsinki Barbershop Quartet.

JUNE 2009

06-06-2009 - Trip to the English Lake District 6-12th June 2009

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The Programme for the five days included:

Ullswater Lake – a trip on the steamer followed by Lakeside walks. Visit to Windermere, the capital of the Lake District: the Peter Rabbit/Beatrix Potter museum. Shopping. Cruise on the steam yacht Gondola on Lake Coniston. Keswick theatre visit: Summer Lightening by P G Woodhouse. Trip to Grasmere: visit to Wordsworth’s house, Rydal Mount and a walk up the local fells the Lion and The Lamb.
Also stops at the prehistoric Castlerigg Stone Circle, and other local attractions. A full day's walk up Helvellyn (850m) the third highest mountain in the area.

Evening programmes of talks and visits to local restaurants and pubs.

The trip had 22 participants who all thoroughly enjoyed the Lake District experience.

MAY 2009

03-05-2009 - Moss and Stones, Skin and Bones

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Nick Hennessey's revisit with British and Irish folk tales tour 3rd - 12th May 2009.

APRIL 2009

18-04-2009 - Annual General Meeting 2009

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on 18th April at 16.00, hosted by the Helsinki Finn-Brit Society, followed by Poetry and Jazz by the Finn-Brit Players, winetasting and refreshments

MARCH 2009

18-04-2009 - FINN-BRITS Magazine Spring 2009

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The Spring edition of the FINN-BRITS magazine 


24-01-2009 - Burns Night 2009

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24 January, 2009


Master of Ceremonies: Henrik Ramsay, Tony Shaw

Music: Kristine Lilientale-Birzniece (violin), Scott Linden (bass), Virginia Mattila (piano), John Tuckett (violin)

Caller: Jim Irving

 Burns Night

17.00            Welcome drink

17.20  Declare Burns Night opened, Mira Fitzpatrick

MCs Henrik Ramsay, Tony Shaw

17.25            Selkirk Grace, Scott Linden

Soup is served

18.15             All upstanding for the entrance of the Haggis

Address to a Haggis, James Irving and a whisky toast

Main course is served

19.30            Speech about Immortal Memory, Gerald Steinmitz

Dessert is served

19.45            Toast to the Lassies, Peter Knight


20.00            Ceilidh starts, bar opened

23.00            Auld Lang Syne


 Menu and drinks:

Cordorníu Clásico Seco

Cock-a-leekie soup and breadrolls [Leek and potato soup]

La Vieille Ferme (blanc)

Haggis, pork, tatties and neeps [Potatoes and turnips]

Chivas Regal 12 year old whisky, La Vieille Ferme Rouge

Tipsy Laird [Sherry trifle]

Coffee and tea


23-01-2009 - National Debating Competition Final 2008/2009

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The Debating Competition 2008/2009 Final for Lukio students was held at the British Embassy on 23rd January, 2009. There were 6 teams from schools around Finland as winners of their regional competitions held at the end of 2008.

The teams this year were:

Helsinki, Ressun lukio Sini Häärä Alf Parvi

Turku, Turun normaalikoulu Suvi Sillanpää, Betti Valmari

Tampere, Lyseon lukio Anna-Kaisa Köykkä Kristine Alanko

Kuopio, Kuopio Musiikkilukio Ms Piia Rytkönen Ms Juuli Vaulasvirta

Pori, Porin Lyseon lukio Samuli Rimpiläinen Tuukka Virtanen

Kouvula, Kouvolan Lyseon lukio Niina Virtanen Marjo Hienonen

The topics for 2009 were as follows:

  1. This house believes that compulsory military service should be ended in Finland.
  2. This house believes that celebrities have a right to privacy from the media.
  3. This house would make smokers pay for the treatment of diseases they suffer that are caused by smoking.
  4. This house would punish parents for the crimes of their children.
  5. This house believes that to be born in Finland is to win the lottery of life.
  6. This house would allow living people to sell their organs.

The standard of debating was very high again and all teams performed very well, so the judges had a tough time selecting the winners.

This year the winning team came from Kouvolan Lyseon lukio: Niina Virtanen and Marjo Hienonen.

Competition Winners

The second prize went to Turun normaalikoulu: Suvi Sillanpää and Betti Valmari.

Second Prize

and the third prize to Ressun lukio: Sini Häärä and Alf Parvi.

Third Prize

Alf Parvi was also awarded a prize for best individual performance in the competition.

The jury members were:

Keith Malin from the British Embassy, Marja Salo from the Federation of Finnish-British Societies, Kati Venemies from the Association of English Teachers in Finland and Rich Penny from the Helsinki University Debate Society.

2009 Judges