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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.


31-10-2014 - Autumn Seminar 2014

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INVITATION TO A SEMINAR ON  ”Peace and Diplomacy”


The annual Autumn Seminar At the British Embassy, Itäinen Puistotie 17, 00140 Helsinki
on Friday, the 31 of October 2014 At 12 – 17.00
Visitors will need a photographic ID to show to the Security Guards.

Reserve your seat for the seminar here
The cost, including lunch and coffee/tea is €25, to be paid to the Federation of Finnish-British Societies' bank account at Ålandsbanken FI41 6601 0001 0932 85, BIC AA by the 21st of October 2014


At 12:00 Lunch at the Embassy Residence

At 13.10 in the Conference Room

13.10 Opening words by Mr Andrew Wells, Head of Political and Press Section, British Embassy in Helsinki


13.20 Introduction by John Tuckett , Chairperson to the Seminar and former Nuclear Submarine Commanding Officer during the Cold War. Currently working for the Church of England, Yorkshire, UK.


13.30 “How we remember/understand past wars impacts decisions about current wars”
Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Senior Research Fellow,  The Global Security research programme


14.15“Kashmir Valley - forgotten conflict?”
Anssi Saarikoski, Colonel (ret.), Finnish Air Force, Deputy Chief Military Observer, UNMOGIP 2012- 2013. (UNMOGIP stands for UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan)


15.00 Coffee Break


15.20 “The desire to avoid war in the interwar years, both on the international stage and at national levels”
Dr Lucy Noakes, Course Leader: War, Conflict and Modernity and Memory and Identity, School of Humanities, University of Brighto


16.05 “Truth, Justice and Reconciliation"
Thomas Elfgren, Detective Chief Inspector


16.50 Closing remarks by John Tuckett

A downloadable PDF file is here


21-08-2014 - Open House at FinnBrit

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Open House at FinnBrit - 21 August 2014

See the full details here.

JUNE 2014

02-06-2014 - Summer Trip to Scotland

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The Scottish Textile Trail
Arran and the West Highlands

Organised by Kaarina Ojasti and Leena Casagrande

 Report on the TRIP to SCOTLAND - June 2014


Monday, 2.6.2014

The happy bunch met at Helsinki airport before the flight via Stockholm to Edinburgh. After a smooth flight we were met at Edinburgh airport by our driver Gus (carrying a sign saying "En puhu paljon suomea":) and our old friend John Purkis.

We drove past Edinburgh and had a brief look at Pennyquick, the former home of James Finlayson. After that we visited Sir Walter Scott's beautiful home, Abbotsford. The excellent guides told us stories about Scott and explained how he used to be kind to people and love dogs. We saw the grave of Sir Walter's favourite dog, Maida, and read Scott's words where he says that there is a reason for dogs only living for about 10-12 years: "If we already mourn them this much after having known them for ten years, the mourning would be more than double if dogs were to live longer..."

Next stop was the lovely town of Melrose and the magnificent Abbey. The view from the rooftop was breathtaking.

Our hotel was the Tontine in Peebles. At the end of such a long and eventful day everybody was happy to get some sleep - after a delicious dinner, of course.


Tuesday, 3.6.2014

After a very good breakfast we started our journey towards Hawick. We had an interesting factory tour at Johnstons of Elgin, and finally understood why the cashmere sweaters are so expensive: the making of the products is really labour intensive. It was fascinating to realise that all the luxury garments sold by Chanel and Louis Vuitton are in fact made in Hawick.

Naturally, we emptied the factory shop before setting out to the centre of Hawick and the textile museum in the Tower. The afternoon was free for lunch and more cashmere shopping.


Wednesday, 4.6.2014

A very interesting day with a visit to the beautiful town of Moffat: tea and cashmere sweaters, what else? We then saw Threwe Castle, surrounded by a river, and were taken to the other side by a man in his boat. The castle itself was impressive.

The afternoon was spent in the lovely town of Gatehouse of Fleet and its poetry venue, the Bakehouse. Chrys Salt, the poet who visited Finland in October 2013, had invited us to see her creative home. Our guide Ken then took us to the converted mill which is now the local activity centre, a museum, a second hand bookshop and a restaurant.

We continued our journey through Galloway Forest and admired the view at the Robert Bruce Memorial Stone.

For the evening we arrived at Ayr by the seaside. The night was spent in a lovely B&B called Miller House.


Thursday, 5.6.2014

We headed towards Alloway and the birthplace of Robert Burns. The new museum was excellent, and there was a minitrain taking people to Burns' cottage. "A Man's a Man For A' That." Our wonderful driver, Gus, had already told us lots about Rabbie Burns, and played his most famous songs, so we felt well-prepared to attend the museum.

The journey continued to Culzeon Castle, and what a castle it was! Dramatically set by the seashore, and surrounded by beautiful gardens it was a memorable sight. We spent hours just walking around, having cups of tea and scones and admiring the elegant rooms.

The ferry to Arran started at six o'clock. Everybody was excited about getting onboard and the one hour crossing passed quickly. Our hotel was in the outskirts of Brodick, set in beautiful gardens. We had a delicious meal in the evening, and took part in the pub quiz ("general knowledge" on Thursdays). No, we didn't win, but weren't the last ones either. It was great fun! On hearing that we came from Finland one of the men asked: "How does a small country with 5 million people manage to stay independent...?"


Friday, 6.6.2014


Every morning Gus used to greet us with something in Finnish, well, you know, typical sentences such as "Ilmatyynyalukseni on täynnä ankeriaita!" Whenever we saw a breathtakingly beautiful place he would say "Kamala paikka!" This became the motto of the tour, as everybody was shouting out "kamala paikka" at the scenic spots.

After an excellent breakfast we set off to the Arran Stone Circle. There was a brilliant sunshine and our bunch walked the 2 km in a cheerful manner. Gus explained that the sandstone for the stones probably came from the Orkneys. How it had been transported here remains a mystery.

All energised after the walk we were ready for the Arran Distillery. What a wonderfully entertaining presentation we had! We learned that you drink whisky either neat or with a wee drop of lukewarm water. At the end of the tour we got to taste Arran Gold, a Baileys type liquer. Needless to say, the shop was full of customers for quite a while after the visit...

A small ferry took us to the other side of Arran. Gus drove us to a lovely canal for coffee, and also to a hill where you could test whether your shoe fits a footstep left in the stone: if it did you were to become the next king or queen of Scotland.


Our last stop was Oban and the guesthouse for the night. After leaving the luggage we started wandering towards the centre for our supper.


Saturday, 7.6.2014

After a free morning and a sightseeing tour in Oban we continued to the Highlands. Suddenly it was like arriving to another world: all the lush greenery was left behind and we were surrounded by high mountains with very little vegetation. Some of the mountains were snow-capped, so it felt like home. Glencoe definitely takes your breath away, and Gus' blood dripping stories just enforced the experience. There was even a skiing resort with funny looking Hobbit-homes to rent.

Heading back south we saw Loch Lomond for the first time, accompanied by the song, of course. Gus explained the lyrics, this is not a cheerful love song at all, but a very sad story about two brothers preparing for their deaths. Even in the rain Loch Lomond was huge and impressive.

On the way back to Edinburgh Gus took us through Glasgow. It was interesting to see the other big city, and how different it was to Edinburgh.

The evening ended with an excellent meal at Howies in Edinburgh. Our B&B, the Castle View Guest House, was the former home of Kenneth Grahame of "Wind in the Willows" fame. To describe the place there was a drawing and a quotation from the book: "I know there is a lot of stairs, yet that's the way I liked it!"

A free day in Edinburgh was the perfect ending to a wonderful trip. Plans were made for next summer: Orkney and the Outer Hebrides, perhaps? And Gus behind the wheel, definitely!

MAY 2014

26-05-2014 - London Symphony Orchestra

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"We will have a marvelous opportunity to listen LSO live performance in Tampere in May.It will be also good way to celebrate Federation's 35 years ! So do earmark the date 26.5.2014 for your calendar.

SCHUBERT Symphony No 8 ('Unfinished')
MAHLER Symphony No 1

Daniel Harding conductor


05-05-2014 - The memory of Water

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The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

5, 6, 7, 8, 10 May at 7 pm
11 May at 5 pm ~ Mother's Day Special: half price for Mothers!
at Kino (Andorra Culture and Entertainment Center), Eerikinkatu 11, 00100 Helsinki

Should there be a Sudden Death Etiquette to help the recently-bereaved talk and behave "like people usually do"?

Perhaps there should, but perhaps people usually do behave like Teresa, Mary and Catherine. When they get together to arrange their mother's funeral, agreement on anything is near-impossible to reach, old lies and secrets are revealed, too much whisky is consumed, too many joints smoked... There is laughter, there is anger, there are tears, but in the end, "Forgiving someone's just like throwing a switch... It's just a decision. And afterwards, you are free."

The play won an Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2000. Please note we do not recommend the play to children under 16.

Co-directed by Pauliina Munukka & Anna Rawlings, produced by Joan Nordlund.

Featuring Zoë Chandler, Giorgia Ghizzoni, Stina Halmetoja, Laura Norrman, David Rogers and Christopher Sloan.

Tickets and Further information:

APRIL 2014

15-04-2014 - Thrasos Pappas at Café Scientifique

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THRASOS N. PAPPAS from EECS Department, Northwestern University

“Human Vision Versus Computer Vision”

15.4 at 6 pm, Metso (Pietilä-sali)

We will compare how human vision captures, perceives, and stores images, with how cameras and computers capture, store, and analyze images. One of the challenges is to derive information about the three-dimensional world from a two-dimensional image.  For this, we need some strong assumptions about the world, which are in general quite safe to make,  But when they are not true (mostly in artificial examples), this results in interesting visual illusions.

Keep your brain cells active, folks!


09-04-2014 - Matt Parker at Café Scientifique

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Matt Parker, the world famous stand up mathematician will perform in Café Scientifique on Wednesday, 9.4 at 18.00. The venue is Monitoimitalo, Satakunnankatu 13 (next door to Hotel Tammer and the Fire Station). Google Lumate Café Scientifique for additional information.


05-04-2014 - Poetry in Tampere

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Poetry in the Pispala Library, Saturday 5.4 at 15. Donald Adamson and Michael Horwood.


15-02-2014 - St Valentine's Day Party

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St Valentine's Day Party at Savonia.  Bookings must be made by 5th February to Tuula ( or Pirkko ( Please mention any dietary requirements. Tickets are 30 euros each and payment should be made to the Society account at Nordea FI36 2027 1800 0710 48, Kuopio Finnish-British Society noting your name.


15-02-2014 - Risto Räppääjä Film

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     Make sure you won’t miss Risto Räppääjä, the film, with Samuel Shipway. Samuel’s proud dad Alan is one of our Finn-Brit members:) Samuel will also be performing at Ideapark on Saturday at 2 pm and 3 pm for a special children’s day.

15-02-2014 - Vapriiki

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     Please inform all your English-speaking contacts in Tampere that the City of Tampere Cultural Affairs has organized a free guided tour of our wonderfull Museum Centre Vapriikki on the 14th of February at 4pm! Tell your friends, family and share this news on Facebook. Everybody in Tampere, living or visiting, is welcome to spend some quality Valentine’s Day time visiting the interesting exhibitions J

03-02-2014 - Nick Hennessey

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Nick Hennessey is back in Kuopio, the award winning English storyteller and musician will give us his latest performance at 6.00pm on 3rd February at Kuopion Lyseo, Puijonkatu 18.

'The Kingdom of Four Jewels'
stories from Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland

Free admission to all. Bring your family and friends.  The advertisement is here.


01-02-2014 - Annual General Meeting

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Suomalais-brittiläisten yhdistysten keskusjärjestö r.y:n 35. vuosikokous pidetään Helsingin FinnBrit’n tiloissa Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9 helmikuun 1. päivä 2014 klo 13.00, minkä jälkeen tarjotaan ’lounas’ kokouksen virallisille osallistujille myöhemmin ilmoitettavassa paikassa.

Vuosikokousta edeltää johtokunnan kokous klo 12.00.


Yhdistyksen sääntöjen 10 §:ssä mainitut asiat:

  1. Todetaan kokouksen laillisuus

  2. Valitaan kokoukselle puheenjohtaja ja sihteeri

  3. Valitaan kaksi pöytäkirjantarkastajaa ja ääntenlaskijaa

  4. Käsitellään toiminta- ja tilikertomus sekä tilintarkastajien lausunto

  5. Päätetään toimintakertomuksen hyväksymisestä, tilinpäätöksen vahvistamisesta ja johtokunnan vastuuvapaudesta.

  6. Vahvistetaan seuraavan vuoden toimintasuunnitelma ja talousarvio sekä määrätään jäsenmaksujen suuruus.

  7. Valitaan 5§:ssä säädetyin tavoin johtokunnan puheenjohtaja, varapuheenjohtaja ja muut johtokunnan jäsenet.

  8. Valitaan kaksi tilintarkastajaa ja kaksi varatilintarkastajaa.

  9. Käsitellään muut kokouskutsussa mainitut ja johtokunnan esittämät asiat.

Lempäälässä 31. joulukuuta 2013

Suomalais-brittiläisten yhdistysten keskusjärjestön johtokunta

Ilmoittautuminen johtokunnan kokoukseen ja vuosikokoukseen 15. tammikuuta 2014 mennessä Sääntöjen 12§ mukaan kullakin jäsenjärjestöllä on yhdistyksen kokouksissa yksi ääni, jonka käyttöön oikeuttava pöytäkirjanote tai valtakirja on esitettävä ennen vuosikokouksen aloittamista.



01-02-2014 - Nick Hennessey

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"The Kingdom of Four Jewels" - stories from Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland



Saturday, 01 February 2014 19:00 - 21:00

Place: Finnbrit  |  City: Helsinki, Finland


The Federation of the Finnish British Societies invites you to a night with Nick Hennessey - Storyteller, Singer and Musician.

At Finnbrit Helsinki on 1 February 2014 19:00 
Limited seats: Sign up by 29 January by for registration link.

A singer, songwriter and storyteller Nick is a dynamic and passionate performer whose love for the traditional culture of northern Europe forges together the note, the song and the spoken word into a unique and engaging style.


31-01-2014 - Burns Night 2014

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Ceilidh Burns Night at The British Embassy, Itäinen Puistotie 17, 00140 Helsinki.  The full details here.


15-01-2014 - Submission Date for Magazine

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Finn-Brits Magazine - 35th anniversary issue - submission deadline 15 Jan 2014

The next issue of the Finn-Brits Magazine will be coming out in February, so it’s time to send in your submissions. The deadline is Wednesday 15 January 2014, so get your writing hats on!

This issue has two main themes:

1) The 35th Anniversary

The Federation will shortly be celebrating its 35th anniversary. Maybe you were involved in its formation? Do you have any special memories from the last 35 years? Then we’d love to hear from you! All formats are fine – for example, a full article (250–1,000 words), a short anecdote (100–200 words), or just a classic photo with a caption. We’d love to have a spread of photos from the last 35 years.

Short histories of local societies

As many of our societies are much older than the Federation, we’d like each society to submit a short history of their organisation (about 250 words). Get in touch if you have any questions.

2) Peace

Our second theme is peace, in commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Do you have any thoughts on peace? Maybe you have something to say about the Great War, or perhaps the Finnish Civil War is closer to home? Or maybe you’ve been inspired by a great person? For example, Nelson Mandela, winner of the 1984 Nobel peace prize, passed away recently.

And finally, we are as usual looking for news on societies' events in 2013 and their upcoming programmes for 2014.

All submissions should be sent to me at: (All photos should be sent separately, not embedded in documents.)

Please see the 2012 autumn issue for submission guidelines w/r/t to length, etc. Past issues are also available online here