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Best cities to live in Finland

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I am goingo to talk about best cities to live in Finland.

So, what makes Finland so special? Among other things, the Scandinavian country boasts (cuenta con) great air and water quality, low rates of infant diseases, and protection from water pollution and natural disasters. The universal health care is always important to me, and Finland, like all Scandinavian countries, takes care of its citizens’ health.

Helsinki

Finland - Beautiful city view in Finland

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Its population is near 600.000 inhabitants. This city is the social, economic and cultural centre.

One of its monuments are the Sveaborg Castle and Senate Square, don’t miss the opportunity to visit them. Of  this city stand out its historical centre, neoclasic style, its streets and cliffs.

In Helsinki we won’t have problem to stay in their hotels or in a rural houses which are in the field.

There are a young atmosphere  for their different universities.

Helsinki has many types of transport with which you can move for the nearby cities as train, plane, car or ship.

Helsinki is the most interesting place to visit during our holiday.

Rovaniemi

As touristic destination in the north of Lapland is Rovaniemi. This is one of the first touristic destinations for the lovers of sports of snow, of ice, as well as the lovers of the polar nature.

Rovaniemi is a small paradise that we find in Lapland, with 60,000 inhabitants, closely together of the polar Arctic circle.  His white environment, with his plains of ice and snow, his frozen lakes, his mountains like Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara, do of this one an impressive place to visit, and in that to enjoy a few different holidays.

The winter sports are the ski, the snowboard, hiking, the bobsleds (trineos), skating on ice (patinaje sobre hielo) and fishing. They are sports outdoors in this impressive locality of the north of Finland.

Here we find the University of Lapland, as well as the house of Father Christmas, one of the places most visited of the region. This is one of Rovaniemi’s principal attractions, the House of Holy Claus or Father Christmas, here it is possible to visit the polar Arctic circle, since it is to approximately 10 kilometres of the city.

Holy Claus or Father Christmas

Something interesting: This city spends more than the half of the year covered of snow.

Lappeenranta

On the other hand, in the southern part, we find another tourist destination, near Helsinki, Lappeenranta, whose shore (orilla) in the lake Saimaa has done of this small municipality one of the principal tourist destinations of the south of the country.

Lappeenranta is a very tourist place. It is a municipality that finds close of Helsinki, with a population of approximately 60,000 inhabitants.

Lappeenranta is a city of the south of Finland, which we find in the shore of the Lake Saimaa, one of the most beautiful of the country. This city is 30 kilometres of the border that it separates Finland of Russia.

    

This one is one of the summer destinations most requested of the country. The Lake, the monuments, they attract hundreds of tourists every year that walk along its streets, enjoy its lakes, visit the Tower of the Water, the Fort, as well as the Orthodox Church of the country.

Tower of the Water                                                                                                                                                    Lappeenranta Fortress                      

File:Water-tower-Lappeenranta-Finland.jpg

   

Orthodox Church

Data taken from:

http://finlandia.costasur.com/es/principales-ciudades.html

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finlandia#Localidades_principales

http://www.gadling.com/2007/10/08/finland-names-best-place-to-live/

Finnish Employment

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As we know the whole world is under an unemployment epidemic. Well even Finland has caught it.

Finding a job in Finland is not very easy but once you’ve found it you can be sure that you re going to have the same rights ans natives. What I mean is that your going to have the same wages, work conditions, lifestyle, politics and even professional formations. This factor and the fact that you can bring yout whole family and make them enjoy the sames rights, has made Finland very enviable

FINDING A JOB

Finding a job in here has almost the same procedure as in Spain.  You can look up in a newspaper for job offers. You can look for it at private enterprises wiche help you to find a right job for your cualifications. And to finish you can just go to an employment office.

WORK CONDITIONS

The first point of dicussion is wages. Finland does not have a minimum interprofessional wages but the establish minimum sector wages and for that they have to take into account the rivalry between job positions and the geographycal situation.

The normal working day is about 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week which means a total of about 160 hours per month. This time table can change sometimes but it has to respect resting hours. A person has to rest at least 11 hours between each working day and at least 35 hours per week.

Vacations: if ou have a temporary contract, less than year, you have 2 resting days every month and if you have a contract for more than a year you have right to 2 days every month which makes a total of 26 days a year.

Sumarising,despite Finland has caught this cold is still a quite good country to start a new life alone or with the whole family because of the conditions mentioned above.

 

References:

http://www.sepe.es/contenido/empleo_formacion/eures/pdf/finlandiaem.pdf

Finland’s literature.

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Two of the best Finnish literature authors:

Johan Ludvig Runeberg

National Finnish poet, he had a high influence in Finnish literature. He was the first writer who was known in all Europe.

Dikter (1831) was his first collection of poems in which he reflected his love for the Finnish landscape and its inhabitants.

His life:

He graduated in 1827 and in 1831 he married Fredrika Charlotta and they had eight children. Runeberg worked as a teacher at the private school in Helsingfors. He founded the   diary Borga Tidning and worked as his publisher. His liberal opinions provoked one of the most important debates on the religion of this one period. During a trip he suffered paralysis and he could not write over (durante) the past 13 years of his life.

He died 6 May of 1877 in Borga, and this day was official mourning (luto).

Here we can hear Runeberg’s poems: http://www.runeberg.net/

Aleksis Kivi

One of the most famous Finnish national writer, playwright (dramaturgo), poet, novelist was Aleksis Kivi; he was the first professional writer publishing his works in Finnish whose major work was SEITSEMÄN VELJESTÄ (1870, Seven Brothers). He died in poverty(pobreza) at the age of thirty-eight.

Fragment of  Seven Brothers:

EERO: How many stars in Charley’s Wain, how many sons at Jukola? 
JUHANI: We are seven. Seven holes therefore and seven sons. Well, all the worse. Seven holes! Always worse and worse. See how men and hard fate are joined together against us. Seven holes like millstone-eyes! 

(in Seven Brothers, 1870)

hard fate: duro destino

millstone-eyes: ojos de piedra de molino

This novel is for the one that more is recognized, it describes the adventurous life of  seven brothers in Finnish forests; until one bye one they accept their responsibilities and go to live in a town of conventional life. First they criticized his novel because it looks like very ordinary. This critiques did that the author had a feeling rejection (sentimiento de rechazo) and caused a mental imbalance that ended his life. He died 31 december of 1872, he has been recognized as one of the founders of the theatre and the novel Finns.

His life:

In 1846, at the age of twelve, Kivi left for school in Helsinki, where he found lodgings at the home of a prison warder.

Kivi spoke Swedish distinctly more than Finnish during his lifetime, and because of it the majority of his works are written in Swedish.

At university Kivi studied sporadically. He was more interested in writing and intended to become a celebrated poet like Runeberg. When he was child he read all tipe of books, not only school books, his great interest for the reading spread (se extendió) beyond the school and university readings including the universal literature. He read  “The World History of Held and of Corvin”, books on the chemical analysis, newspapers, Stangnelius’s poems and dramas of  Shakespeare, which exercise on him a great influence.

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The Birthplace of Aleksis Kivi.

Here we can find a little fragment of Seven Brothers in Spanish: http://www.epdlp.com/texto.php?id2=2347

Bibliography:

http://www.aleksiskivi-kansalliskirjailija.fi/lang/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=41

http://kirjasto.sci.fi/akivi.htm

http://www.epdlp.com/escritor.php?id=2243

Gastronomy and drinks

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First of all we have to take into account that this country’s gastronomy is influenced by all its history and we’re going to make an introduction to it’s traditional food.

FOOD

If you want to know something about Finnish gastronomy, you have to know about Smörgasbord. This amazing food is a fusion of about a douzen of varieties of fish, mainly meat and charcuterie and salads too.

Another peculiar factof Finnish food is fishing. It has an enormous variety os fish all around its

coasts. We can find herring*, grayling*, whitefish* and burbot*.

The last fish is one of the most important because its roes* quantity is to small to import and they are a delicacy served with onion and with sour sauce all covered with finnish vodka.

Now let’s

start with desserts! Desserts in Finland are made to celebrate special ocassions as Christmas, Easter* and even the beggining of a season.

Our first desserts a Kulitsa, Pacha and Baba. The three desserts are ate at  Saint Week and they consist of cakes covered by chocolate filled with cream.

At the beggining of May, at carnival, Finnish wine is drunk with a small bun similar to fritter* called Tippaleipä .

Drinks

Finnish driks are made according to their geographical location so these drinks are going to be quite hot or or with a very high percent of alcohol. We ca talk about hot coffee, hot beer but the most representative drinks of this caountry are undoubtable Sima, Glögi and Finnish Vodka.

Glögi is just hot red wine with spices like cinnamon and sugar and almonds* ans raisins* can be added too.

Sima: this drink has no alcohol and it’s really delicious. It is only made by water, lemon peels, sugar and yeast* boiled all together. This drink is manly drunk at Christmas.

At last Finnish

Vodka: this vodka is made with the best water possible, glacier water and with the best ingredients.

Hyvää Ruokahalua!!

Vocabulary:

herring*: Arenque

grayling*: Tímalo

whitefish*: Pescado blanco

burbot*: Lota

almond*: Almendra

raisins*: Pasas

yeast*:Levadura

Fritter: Churro

References:

 

 

Education in Finland

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The educational level in Finland is very high. Compared to other countries inEurope, Finlnad is ranked first for eduction. The level of basic education stands out as the best.

The law in Finland establece that education is free and obligatory for all children between the ages of 7 and 16 years. This includes text books, school material and food.

This country dedicated a lot of money for education, more than 5.3% that is the normal porcentage.

Each city is responsible of the carriage and good education for childen of their city.

High school is destinated for ages of 16 to 19 years. Their curriculum includes obligatory studies, specializated and aplicated. If a teen don’t want to continue bachelor’s degree can choose the basic formation which has many alternatives.

For higher education in Finland there are professional universities and schools. Everyone can access to university’ studies because enrollment is free.

This table shows the level of science, lecture and maths of each countries.

Here are some characteristic of success Finland education:

  • Equal opportunities for all children regardless (sin tener en cuenta) of social position or origin.
  • Protection of the languaje of each immigrant.
  • Free education.
  • Free meals and transportation.
  • Availability (disponibilidad) of school material.
  • Creating a pleasant place to study.
Why the educative sistem in Finland is the best of the world?
While in Spain 30% of the students do not finish the obligatory education in Finland this percentage not reach 1%.
The mainly raison is because if you want to be a teacher you need a grade point average (nota media) of  9  and really want it. They are very small who pass and that is because teacher profession is a highly valued profession.
Here I leave some videos about Finland Education, they are in Spanish.
Data taken from:

http://www.finlandia.es/public/default.aspx?nodeid=36870&contentlan=9&culture=es-ES

http://www.javiermegias.com/blog/2010/03/finlandia-excelencia-en-la-educacion-clave-de-la-innovacion/

http://www.periodistadigital.com/ciencia/educacion/2011/03/27/video-reportaje-por-que-el-sistema-educativo-de-finlandia-es-el-mejor-del-mundo-y-que-podriamos-copiar-en-espana.shtml

Finnish universities

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In this page we can found information about 23 universities: http://www.findaschool.org/index.php?Country=Finland

These are some examples:

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Lappeenranta University of Technology, founded in 1969, is located in the city of Lappeenranta on the shore of blue Lake Saimaa, some seven kilometers from the city center.

It provides top education in the fields of technology and business. Nearly 5 000 students are currently enrolled at the university.

http://www.lut.fi/en/lut/admissions/Pages/Default.aspx

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest university in Finland, founded in 1640. Nearly 3000 international students from over 100 countries are currently enrolled at that university.

http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/index.html

http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/materials/WelcometoUH.pdf

University of Lapland

The University of Lapland, located in the city of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle, is an international university of science and art.  It was established in 1979 and currently has 4,800 students.

http://www.ulapland.fi/InEnglish

http://www.studyinfinnishlapland.fi/ulapland.html

University of Oulu

Founded in 1958, the University of Oulu has grown quickly, establishing itself as one of the leading research universities in Finland. It has a staff of about 3 000 and resident student body of about 16 000.

http://www.degree.oulu.fi/

University of Tampere

The University of Tampere began in 1925 in Helsinki; about 2100 students are currently enrolled at the university.

http://www.uta.fi/english/index.html

 

University of Turku

The University of Turku is a multidisciplinary scientific university located on the Southwest coast of Finland, in the city of Turku. With over 21,000 students, it is one of the major universities in Finland.

http://www.utu.fi/en/

 

Åbo Akademi University

Åbo Akademi University offers both undergraduate and graduate studies and extensive research opportunities to some 7000 students on three campuses. This university is located in Åbo (Turku in Finnish), on the south west coast of Finland and in Vasa.

http://www.abo.fi/public/en/

Here there is information about how to apply to a Finnish University and much more information:

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