Alcohol Consumption Falls in Finland

Finns drank less alcohol this year than last. However, if alcohol tax is not raised, consumption might yet exceed recent records, says Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, YLE reports.

View

 

Christmas Sauna Traces Ancient Roots

Warming up the sauna on Christmas Eve is a tradition in many Finnish households, YLE reports. Finns bathed in saunas long before the arrival of Christianity, but the sauna also carries many Christmas traditions.

View



Finnish Swedes Divided over Compulsory Swedish

Nearly 40 percent of Swedish-speaking Finns would exclude obligatory Swedish from the national curriculum to quieten the debate raging around mandatory Swedish classes, YLE reports. This is how the Åbo Academy explains the results of YLE’s research into the opinions of Finland’s Swedish-speaking minority.

View



The first nomadic school is made in Yamal

Defense of the contest projects being presented by educational establishments of the region is taking place within the framework of the second Yamal educational forum. Among them there is a model of a nomadic school, "Sever-Press" reports. The system of nomadic educational establishments is being made for providing of accessibility of preschool, basic and additional education without leaving parents conducting traditional nomadic way of life.

View



Estonians Still Love to Read

Reading remains a popular pastime in Estonia, where 44 percent of the population read newspapers daily and 75 percent read books in 2010, according to Statistics Estonia.

The study indicates that the nation has not lost ground since the 2007 Eurobarometer survey, in which Estonia together with Latvia shared fifth place among the most well-read countries in Europe. Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK were ahead.

View

 

Implementation of The Language Nest project in Karelia continues

A meeting of the international working group of The Language Nest project (Finland) with the management of the Ministry of Education of Karelia, the Ministry of Culture and the State Committee for National Politics, Relations with Public and Religious Associations concerning further implementation of the project in Karelia was held on December, 17 in Karelian State Local History Museum, portal Official Karelia reports.

View



2011 - YEAR OF THE LIV LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

The International Liv Fiends' Society and the association Līvõ Kultūr sidām (Liv Culture Centre) have come up with a decision to announce year 2011 the International Year of the Liv Language and Culture, livones.lv reports. The idea is based on a number of reasons both with significant culture and historic value and the reasons of current importance. Consequently, the year 2011 seems to be marked with quite unique events.

View

   

The voting for the name of the Finno-Ugric Ethnocultural Park in Yb Village, Syktyvdinsky District has started

The competition will be held on December 8-13 among residents of the Republic of Komi in the form of electronic voting at www.finnougr.ru, reports Official portal Republic of Komi. There are 18 names proposed by members of the Working Group for the Finno-Ugric Ethnopark Project, including core republican ministries and agencies and municipal administrations.

View

  

Students of Estonian Language Showing More Interest

As more non-Estonian speakers show interest to learn the national tongue, the Ministry of Education promises to allocate extra money for compensating language tuition to those who successfully complete their exams, ERR News reports.

Fifty-six percent of exam takers pass the A2 exam, which is the second introductory level of a six-level European standard.

View

  

Udmurt youth participate in cultural camp in Estonia

A group of young persons from Udmurtia arrived in Estonia on November 29 in order to take part in a joint cultural camp held by Tallinn's Nõmme Gymnasium and Udmurt youth organization Shundy, reports FennoUgria Asutus. The Udmurt delegation was led by Udmurt republic Acting Minister for Cultural and National Affairs and well-known singer Tatyana Ishmatova.

View

Pages