Compared to many of you, I am relatively new to Finno-Ugric circles. My first contact with the “Finno-Ugric world” was in 2009 at the Finno-Ugric Socio-Economic Forum in Kudymkar (Perm Region). Since then, I have represented Estonia in the Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN) (2011-13), initiated and coordinated the Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture programme (2013-2015), and served as Board member of Estonia’s Fenno-Ugria NGO (2013-2015). As a direct result of my Finno-Ugric civic activism I was nominated by Estonia and elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) for the current term of 2014-2016. Overall, these 6 years of Finno-Ugric activism have been a truly eye-opening, positive and even life-changing experience.
President of Hungary János Áder and President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves will pay a visit to Finland and participate in the World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples in Lahti on Wednesday 15 June 2016.
The organizers of the III International Ethnic Festival “The People of Forest" told reporters about the concept of the event.
The village of Vuokkiniemi takes part in the international Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2017 competition. It participated previously in 2015 and was selected among three finalists. This year, the theme of participation is the Karelian language and culture.