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About Finnish society & culture. From snow to sauna, from natives to Nokia.
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4th graders have a ball at Independence Day bash - YLE News

4th graders have a ball at Independence Day bash - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it

This year that grown-up ball will take place in Tampere, as the president's official residence is undergoing renovation work.

The event gathers pupils from across the city at Finlandia Hall. Children practice dances  and party etiquette throughout the autumn term to prepare for the party, which mimics the formal reception that is normally held each year at the Presidential Palace.

This year that grown-up ball will take place in Tampere, as the president’s official residence is undergoing renovation work. The kids stayed in their normal spot however, and took over Finlandia Hall near Töölönlahti as usual.

It was the 17 time the event was organised, and Helsinki mayor Jussi Pajunen was hosting for the ninth year in a row. Some 5,100 children accepted his invtiation, around 200 more than in 2012.

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Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes

Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes | Finland | Scoop.it
For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box of baby clothes and bedding by the state. Some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.

 

It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it's designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they're from, an equal start in life. The maternity package - a gift from the government - is available to all expectant mothers.

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The contents of the box is more than welcome but I personally have never seen anyone using the actual box as baby's first bed. (U-M Saikku)

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State of the World's Mothers

State of the World's Mothers | Finland | Scoop.it

In honor of Mother's Day, Save the Children presents 14th annual State of the World's Mothers report. It is a report that ranks the best and worst places in the world to be a mother. Learn more, access archives and download the report. FINLAND - NR 1 ! The BEST!

 

THE BEST & WORST PLACES TO BE A MOTHER

The chances a mother and her baby will survive help determine Save the Children’s annual rankings of the best and worst places in the world to be a mother. Education, income and political representation of women are the other factors. 

Read more: http://bit.ly/12cP0yU

 

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Are Finnish Children Better Prepared for the 21st Century?

Are Finnish Children Better Prepared for the 21st Century? | Finland | Scoop.it

In America, it has become apparent that some children are graduating college without the skills and abilities that they need in order to be successful in today’s rapidly changing world...

 

The truth is, Finnish children seem to be developing some skills earlier than American children.  For example, when children walk themselves to school in the morning at the ripe old age of 7 (several kilometers, through snow & ice, and uphill both ways, of course) do they really need to focus on independent thinking in the classroom?  Students are known to come home after school and remain unsupervised for several hours until a parent returns from work.  These kids live independence!

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Inquiry Based Learning or PBL is fundamental to the success of embedding 21st Century Skills If we want students to become critical thinkers then we need to give them the room pedagogically to make mistakes, explore their own understandings and be independent learners. 

 

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Kindergarten and Finnish Lessons

Kindergarten and Finnish Lessons | Finland | Scoop.it
written by Todd Beach Have you ever read the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?  The author, Robert Fulghum, composed a poem of simple yet essential lessons  ...

 

In reading Finnish Lessons what was most apparent to me is that there is very little which is revolutionary surrounding the profound success of the Finnish education system. The ideas applied surround a shared set of values, which are embraced by the Finnish people. Indeed the ideas are simple and modest, similar to the tenets proposed by All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

The Finns are a modest people who readily accept their responsibility to care for and educate their children. When the Finnish Minister of Education was asked if their goal from the outset was to become the best in the world, she replied, “For us, its enough to be ahead of Sweden.”

But what may be most ironic about the Finnish phenomenon is that many of the pedagogical changes, which teachers adapted and incorporated into their planning and instruction were developed, practiced and researched in the United States. And here we are today looking at the Finns with education envy.

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Chewing gum reduces ear infection risk in children

Chewing gum reduces ear infection risk in children | Finland | Scoop.it
Using data from more than 3,000 Finnish children in day care, researchers in Canada say children who chew gum or take other products laden with natural sweetener xylitol, including lozenges or syrop, have a 25 per cent lower risk of developing an ear infection....

Researchers at the University of Toronto recently performed a meta-analysis of three Finnish studies and found that children who chewed gum — or took other products laden with xylitol, including lozenges or syrup — had about a 25% lower risk of developing an ear infection compared to controls. The study is published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [1].

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Finland has highest rate of child murders in all Western countries

Finland has highest rate of child murders in all Western countries | Finland | Scoop.it
PROPORTIONALLY the highest rate of child murders in the Western world occurs in Finland, according to the regional newspaper Sunnuntaisuomalainen. The majority of child killings in Finland take the form of physical abuse of children of less than one year of age that leads to death.
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Study: Babies sleep better in subzero temps

Study: Babies sleep better in subzero temps | Finland | Scoop.it

The old Finnish custom of putting babies to sleep outdoors in winter now has scientific backing. A study by the University of Oulu finds that babies who take their naps outside in the fresh air sleep up to three times as long as those slumbering indoors.
“Yesterday when it was -11 degrees Celsius, ten-month old twins Anni and Aatu slept 3.5 hours outside, but this morning they just took a one-hour nap inside,” says mom Outi Rajanen, echoing study findings.
Special precautions should, however, be taken when putting infants to sleep outdoors, notes researcher Marjo Tourula. Babies need to be bundled warmly and should not be left out for extended periods.

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Heavy Metal for Kids

Heavy Metal for Kids | Finland | Scoop.it
Q: What do you call a band of dinosaurs playing heavy metal?
A: Heavisaurus!

No, really. This is not a joke. Not in Finland at least.
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Parents in Helsinki region want more Finnish-Swedish bilingual schools - Helsingin Sanomat

Parents in Helsinki region want more Finnish-Swedish bilingual schools - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it

Many parents in the Helsinki region would like to have schools in which both Finnish and Swedish are used as languages of instruction.

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Children's rights group warns parents: Don't put beach pictures on the Internet

Children's rights group warns parents: Don't put beach pictures on the Internet | Finland | Scoop.it
More and more, people share their holiday photos online. However children's rights group Save the Children Finland said they want parents to think carefully before posting beach and swimming pool photos of their scantily clad children.
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Easier processing of Finnish-Russian custody cases expected

Russia signs child abduction convention

Cooperation between Finland and Russia in cases of in-family child abduction is set to become easier after Russia formally joined the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
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Immigrant Children Enjoy School More Than Finnish Peers

Immigrant Children Enjoy School More Than Finnish Peers | Finland | Scoop.it
Immigrant Children Enjoy School More Than Finnish Peers: Fresh studies show that immigrant childrean see school as more pleasant and important than Finnish children. They also tend to enjoy better relationships with their teachers.... http://bit.ly/lb3nKc...
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Finnish diplomat pushes child-rearing for dads

Finnish diplomat pushes child-rearing for dads | Finland | Scoop.it

For Finnish diplomat Mikko Koivumaa, being an ikumen (men who take an active role in ikuji, or child rearing) comes naturally.

Hailing from a country known to have a high level of gender equality, Koivumaa says ikumen is standard practice in Finland.

“In Finland, there’s a social welfare policy that enables that. Also men work short hours — especially compared with Japan — which enables an ikumen lifestyle seven days a week,” the 36-year-old said.

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BEIBAMBOO Childrens Hospital wear - Crowdfunding

Award winning Finnish innovation that helps hospitalized children to recover faster (and saves staffs time and hospital equipment).

Want to join us in helping millions of hospitalized children and their families? Become a part of the project at www.fundedbyme.com http://fundedbyme.com/en/...

 

 

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Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty

Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty | Finland | Scoop.it

A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, on the well-being of children in 35 developed nations. Finland scores the highest.

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The babies who nap in sub-zero temperatures

The babies who nap in sub-zero temperatures | Finland | Scoop.it
Would you put your baby or toddler outside in the freezing cold for their lunchtime nap? Many Nordic parents wouldn't give it a second thought.

 

Finland's 'official' nap advice

Irrespective of the season, many children have their evening naps outside in prams.

Many babies sleep better outdoors in the fresh air than in the bedroom. Sleeping outdoors is not dangerous for a baby. One may gradually start going outdoors when the baby is two weeks old.

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The Ice Pearl People shows winter magic for the entire family in the amusement park Linnanmäki

The Ice Pearl People shows winter magic for the entire family in the amusement park Linnanmäki | Finland | Scoop.it
Take part in children's Ice Pearl winter fest in Linnanmäki  Helsinki http://t.co/h9EwjeWs...
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Hevisaurus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hevisaurus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Finland | Scoop.it
"Hevisaurus is a Finnish heavy metal children's music band, who dress in dinosaur costumes.". OH MY GOD WINNING.
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Angry Birds come to the playgrounds

Angry Birds come to the playgrounds | Finland | Scoop.it
After conquering the world, Angry Birds are now moving to become live attractions for children.

- We will be developing a service which brings together the digital world and the physical world in a way that’s never been seen before, says Rovio’s Mighty Eagle, chief marketing officer Peter Vesterbacka in a press release.

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International Children’s Film Festival Begins | 65 Degrees North

International Children’s Film Festival Begins | 65 Degrees North | Finland | Scoop.it
The 30th International Children’s and Youth Film Festival takes place in Oulu this week.
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On gender in kindergarden, diversity in Finnish society and other ...

On gender in kindergarden, diversity in Finnish society and other ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Today I attended a presentation by Sara Sundell, who has worked on a two-year project on gender equality in Finnish Kindergardens. The main questions that came up was how we see, judge and respond to children ...
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Nearly all first graders own mobiles

Nearly all first graders own mobiles | Finland | Scoop.it

A quarter of children aged 7-8 browse the internet daily and nearly all have mobile phones, according to research published by the Finnish Society on Media Education. Increasingly more families are seeking clear rules regarding children's use of mobile phones, computers and the internet.

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Quality of day care services in Finland

Quality of day care services in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
In 2010, the proportion of children under the age of three, who were in full time day care outside home, was higher than before.
Even the number of babies under the age of one year in full time care was higher than it was in 2009.
According to the preliminary information released by the National Institute for Health and Welfare, about 82,000 children under the age of three were in municipal full-time day care last year, while the corresponding figure for 2009 was 80,000.
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English Playgroup Enjoys its Own Royal Wedding

English Playgroup Enjoys its Own Royal Wedding | Finland | Scoop.it
An English language playgroup in Turku celebrated its own "royal wedding" today. Both children and their parents carrried out their own festivities to mark the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. - Finland
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