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Contents of issue No 11, January 1999



The Russian Federation is made up of 89 entities. Four of these regions – Murmansk, the Republic of Karelia, Leningrad (which includes most of former Finnish Karelia), and St. Petersburg City – border on Finland. At 1,300 km long, this is the European Union's only border with Russia and also marks the steepest income gap of any of the EU's external borders.

  • Nature walks, Editorial by Henrik Stenius

    In the far North of Europe, you meet people with a peculiar sense of Nature, people for whom Nature is an important part of their mentality. They experience nature 1) in solitude, 2) outside civilisation, disassociated from society, 3) as big: from a vista where earth meets the firmament or deep in the woodland completely surrounded by the spirits of the Forest.
  • New Director for the Institute appointed

    Dr. Panu Minkkinen, a philosopher of law, has been appointed the next Director of the Finnish Institute. He will take up his his three-year appointment at the beginning of February, having previously been working at Birkbeck College, University of London,

  • Seminar: Future of Work                            

                    The decline of the 'employment society'

The industrial societies as we have known them for the last few decades are slowly changing into something new. What this new reality is, is difficult to grasp, probably because we are using the very concepts of a fading social order.

  • Seminar: Copyright and Internet

Authors and libraries grapple with copyright problems by Mikael Bk

The new digital environment is creating a conflict between authors’ rights and citizens’ access to information. Consequently, authors’ organisations and the library community have different views on the new legislation designed to regulate the information system.

  • Reflections from an irony-free country by Tapani Lausti

    A British journalist recently described the Finns as a people without a sense of irony. The editor of Eagle Street was intrigued. It reminded him of an incident a long time ago when a Finnish broadcaster was banned for a while after having described the Italians as a nation of pickpockets.

  • BBC gives voice to Smi children

    A visit to Lapland started a new BBC radio project called ‘A Child of Our Time’. The BBC Radio Drama Department interviewed Smi children for a radio play which will the first of five plays from different parts of the world.



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