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Q&A: Finnish Central Banker on ECB and Japan - Real Time Economics - WSJ

Finland’s central bank governor discusses the outlook for inflation and interest rates, Japan’s earthquake, last weekend’s euro zone summit and the ECB presidency (a post for which he is considered one of the frontrunners).
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FESM Affairs - most difficult languages...

FESM Affairs - most difficult languages... | Finland | Scoop.it
4. Finnish

Finnish is in the Finno-Ugric language family, with Estonian and Hungarian. Without Germanic or Latin influence, Finnish vocabulary is completely alien to English speakers. Its grammar is also somewhat notorious. There are fifteen noun cases, sometimes with subtle differences. Talotta means “without a house,” while talolta means “from a house.” Tricky.

There are six verb types, classed by their stems. These stems alter as the verbs are conjugated. The language is agglutinative and verbs are conjugated with a succession of suffixes.

But, Finnish is written as it sounds (in the Roman alphabet), and pronunciation is comfortable for English speakers. A common speaking problem lies in remembering single or double vowel sounds, as in tuli (fire) and tuuli (wind).
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Finnish Design Shop is a design shop specialized in Finnish, Scandinavian, Swedish and Danish design

Finnish Design Shop is a design shop specialized in Finnish, Scandinavian, Swedish and Danish design | Finland | Scoop.it
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Dumbledore's Pensieve

Photo: › Conan: [visiting the homes of Finnish people who had sent him letters] This is not one of the... http://tumblr.com/x1r1s9xmwa
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This pretty much sums up the iodine #panic in #Finland http://media.riemurasia.net/albumit/mmedia/4x/gg/w9bm/253758/794591823.jpg #Fukushima
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Alyssa Marie's photos - God help me if I'm not weak for Finnish men | Plixi

Alyssa Marie's photos - God help me if I'm not weak for Finnish men | Plixi | Finland | Scoop.it
God help me if I'm not weak for Finnish men http://plixi.com/p/84284023
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Nude travel | Saunas in Finland and Korea | Naked planet

Nude travel | Saunas in Finland and Korea | Naked planet | Finland | Scoop.it
Take me to a different country, however, and I'll happily get naked with anyone. I could blame the Finns for it. (Much can be blamed on the Finns, particularly if you try to keep up with them when they're drinking.) On my first trip to Helsinki, I made some great Finnish friends who introduced me to a range of local customs, including the mixed sauna as a social activity - something you do on a Friday night instead of going to the cinema, say.
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A Merry Mishap: Finnish

A Merry Mishap: Finnish | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish. It bears repeating that there is something about those Scandinavians that's amazing. Look at Susanna Vento's place, ...
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Finnish restaurant Olo gains a Michelin star

Finnish restaurant Olo gains a Michelin star | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki Times is an independent weekly newspaper covering news and events in Finland. (Finnish restaurant Olo gains a Michelin star http://tinyurl.com/5r648m4 HelsinkiTimes)
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VisitFinland - detail - The Official Travel and Tourism Portal of Finnish Tourist Board

VisitFinland - detail - The Official Travel and Tourism Portal of Finnish Tourist Board | Finland | Scoop.it
VisitFinland: Can't help falling in love with Finland... http://bit.ly/g6LukR
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Travel Helsinki Finland: Linnanmäki Amusement Park | Helsinki

Travel Helsinki Finland: Linnanmäki Amusement Park | Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
ஜ Travel Helsinki FInland: Linnanmäki Amusement Park #Trip #Vacation #Travel http://bit.ly/eAb6vW
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Finland's Halonen Interview - Video

Finland's Halonen Interview  - Video | Finland | Scoop.it
March 15 (Bloomberg) -- Finnish President Tarja Halonen talks about nuclear power in her country and the risks associated with atomic fuel. Halonen, speaking with Andrea Catherwood on Bloomberg Television's "Last Word," also discusses the outlook for the euro. (Source: Bloomberg)
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The Next Version of Text Message (iSMS) Improved Crisis Communication to Japan. | Business Wire

The Next Version of Text Message (iSMS) Improved Crisis Communication to Japan. | Business Wire | Finland | Scoop.it
According to the Finnish television interview, the foreign ministry has used all means of communication with all the Finns in Japan. These methods include a 30 person call center staffed around the clock, as well Facebook and Twitter. The challenge is that there is a large number of Finns living in Japan and telecommunication channels in Japan have been overloaded. For example, the Finnish foreign ministry has received approximately 2,000 emergency phone calls to their call center. The foreign ministry is very pleased with the iSMS based emergency communication system that allows them to broadcast real-time emergency information and receive immediate responses from the Finns in Japan. The Finnish foreign minister, Alexander Stubb, feels that “iSMS is a very efficient communication method to reach large numbers of people at the times of crisis".
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CHILDREN OF BODOM Schedules Nottingham Signing Session - Metal from Finland

CHILDREN OF BODOM Schedules Nottingham Signing Session - Metal from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have announced an exclusive signing session at FOPP in Nottingham,  (RT @FINNISHMETAL: CHILDREN OF BODOM Schedules Nottingham Signing Session:http://bit.ly/h3dBER)
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Retro To Go: Marimekko "Kippis" Wallpaper

Retro To Go: Marimekko "Kippis" Wallpaper | Finland | Scoop.it
The second wallpaper collection from Finnish design house Marimekko is full of their trademark bold colour and retro style. Designed by Maija Louekar, Kippis (meaning "cheers") features abstract black and white line drawings of glasses and goblets with colourful accents... (Marimekko "Kippis" Wallpaper: The second wallpaper collection from Finnish design house Marimekko is full of the... http://bit.ly/hWrGA7)
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Icebreakers freeing ships trapped in Gulf of Finland, 97 still waiting for help - The Canadian Press

Icebreakers freeing ships trapped in Gulf of Finland, 97 still waiting for help - The Canadian Press | Finland | Scoop.it
msnbc.comIcebreakers freeing ships trapped in Gulf of Finland, 97 still waiting for helpThe Canadian PressPETERSBURG, Russia — ...
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BIG architects: puu-bo, 1st prize e2 timber competition in finland

BIG architects: puu-bo, 1st prize e2 timber competition in finland | Finland | Scoop.it
since 1999 home of design culture, leading independent publication for design, architecture, art, photography and graphics
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Europe's 'Good Girls' Can't Keep Footing Debt Bill, Halonen Says - Bloomberg

Europe's 'Good Girls' Can't Keep Footing Debt Bill, Halonen SaysBloombergFinnish President Tarja Halonen speaks ...
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Hiking in Finland: Wilderness Guide Internship with Upitrek: Russian Border Skiing

Hiking in Finland: Wilderness Guide Internship with Upitrek: Russian Border Skiing | Finland | Scoop.it
Russian Border Tour and the Winter Fun in Finland Tour. Lots of skiing first, and then some more skiing with snowshoeing, husky sled driving and a visit at a reindeer farm. It could be worse.
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97 ships frozen in the Gulf of Finland

The arctic ice is thicker than ever. Last week a large nuclear icebreaker was dispatched from Russia to aid the smaller ones in freeing ships frozen in the Gulf of Finland.
On Tuesday, AP reported that 97 ships were waiting for help on Tuesday, down from 160 ships two days prior. The Gulf has not seen this kind of thick ice in almost 20 years.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/304703#ixzz1GlWkplax
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Good News from Finland - Helsinki joins IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge programme

Good News from Finland - Helsinki joins IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge programme | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki joins IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge programme: Helsinki is the only Nordic city selected for the IBM S... http://bit.ly/dVOHbe
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The government broadband index - Economist Intelligence Unit

Read the government broadband index shows and ranks 40 national governments plans for rolling out broadband internet services. Download the report today (#Sweden and #Finland are both ranked fourth in the EIU's government #broadband index (#gBBI) http://bit.ly/hTSvDq)
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VisitFinland - detail - The Official Travel and Tourism Portal of Finnish Tourist Board

VisitFinland - detail - The Official Travel and Tourism Portal of Finnish Tourist Board | Finland | Scoop.it
The Hossa Hiking Area in Suomussalmi won the public vote in the Finnish Outdoor Destination of the Year competition organised by the GoExpo 2011 Outdoor Fair. This year the theme of the competition was canoeing, for which Hossa offers excellent opportunities.
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Candles lit under the cherry trees in Finland

Candles lit under the cherry trees in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Candles lit under the cherry trees in Japanese garden in Finland for the victims of the catastrophe: http://j.mp/ffiCDg
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