2017 marks 100 years of Finnish independence. It is a special thing. Finns were always under someone else's rule (Russia, Sweden). Finns are a genetically and linguistically unique population in the Nordic countries and successfully defended themselves against Russian takeover during WWII (it's more complicated, but it's a huge source of national pride). 

This weekend, the Twin Cities had a big launch of a year of festivities, with the presence of Finnish ambassador Kirsti Kauppi, and two Minnesota Orchestra concerts featuring Sibelius and contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho. I was happy to provide Finnish folk music in the atrium.

Look for many events to come, and stay informed thru the FinnSource website

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