And a Link to the „the shepard“ the old christmas story of the pilot who was lost flying back from Germany to England.
When you live in Finland but are from Germany, you sometimes find articles about stuff that is supposedly going on in Finland. Most of these things are more or less surprising or even astonishing. We were used to Finland as the land of „magic education“, technological mobile phone wonders and so on. Now Finland has even caught up as the country of amazing social advances and German media report it is about to introduce a guaranteed basic income.
See for example one of Germany leading dailies, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:
„Finnland 800 Euro Grundeinkommen – für jeden
Die finnische Regierung bereitet offenbar ein monatliches Grundeinkommen für jeden Erwachsenen vor. Sie hat damit vor allem eines im Sinn. 07.12.2015″ (more)
If you read the article you might think this is going to happen tomorrow. But if you dig deeper, then you find this explanation on the website of the Finish state social affairs office „Kela“:
„Experimental study on a universal basic income
A working group of researchers from a range of organisations under the project leadership of Kela is exploring ways in which to carry out an experimental study focusing on the implementation of a universal basic income scheme“ (more)
So the entire thing is an experiment. Right now they are doing research about different methods and modes that this might take (more or less studying books and previous studies..) Then in 2017 there might be an actual experiment in one municipality!
So people stay calm. The Finish Goverment might try this at some point in the future…
Meanwhile Bildblog has also started talking about this.
Meanwhile in Finland the Finish Government has published its set of emojis for celebrating live in Finland. This emoji is for symbolizing exactly what it means: Meanwhile in Finland (where people do all kinds of strange and funny things).
But the set also helps to understand such Finish Feelings like days without sun: Kaamos.
But there are many other funny things happening in Finland:
Again the Finish Police
After witnessing independence Day celebrations in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia and writing about them on this blog, I will continue this little series with writing about the celebration here in Finland. Nations are imagined communities, so tells us Benedict Anderson.
So I bought some supplies like Fazer Finland colored stuff and a cookie cutter from in the shape of Finland.
Turku students celebrate it with a torch parade. Actually this year the torch parade lacked torches, because it was really rainy.
The parade with the flags of all the student organization went from the University Student building, to Abo Akademie, to the Graveyard where short speeches were given in Swedish and Finish. Thanking the people who fought for the freedom of Finland. Then wraths were laid. Some somber music was played. After that we took the bus back to the student building and then had some glögi.
And of course I’m a big fan of the Finland Emoji set:
There is also a military parade, held every year in another town, this year it was Jyväskylä and Finland is so politcal correct, that one of its soldiers featured in TV was an immigrant:
Apparently in TV they re-screen every year a bloody war movie, called „The Unknown Soldier„.
Of course playing and listening to patriotic (or militarist) music, is a great part, as in this march from the 30-years war:
The snowy north is our fatherland,
there our hearth crackles on the stormy beach.
There our sinewy arm grew by the sword,
there our chest burned with faith and honour.
We watered our snorting horse in the Neva’s bath;
he swam across the Vistula as happy as to a feast,
he carried our avenging steel over the Rhine,
he drank the emperor’s toast from the Danube.
In der Geislinger Zeitung gab es eine Diskussion über Kinder- und Jugendbeteilibung in Geislingen. Dazu habe ich einen Gastbeitrag in dieser veröffentlicht.