Monthly Archives: March 2013

Music from Finland! – Musiikkia Suomesta!

by Carolin Büttner, degree student in Media

Rock band singer with his microphone

Private Line – listen to the music “Dead Decade”:

Finland is not only known for reindeers and Santa Claus, it is also famous for its music.

Almost every day you can find in bars or pubs some live music. Even if it is a single artist or a band. Suomen kansa rakastaa musiikkia!

Guitar player on the stage, lights and smoke in the background

Numero Kasikolme – listen to the music “Velipoika”:

While Helsinki is the Pop city of Finland, Tampere is the Rock city.  Nämä ihan hyvät bändit ovat Helsingistä:  The 69 Eyes, Sunrise Avenue, The Rasmus, Private Line —-

Ja nämä tamperelaiset bändit ovat hyviä:  Numero Kasikolme, White Flame, Matthau Mikojan.

All in all, if you are visiting Finland it is always a great experience to visit some music bar. 🙂

Guitar player on the stage in colurful lights

Matthau Mikojan – listen to the music “Too Fortunate to Cry”:


Finns – special of their own way

by Henry Koch, degree student in Environmental Engineering

People around the lighthouse Siilinkari on a sunny winter day: blue sky, snow on the ice

People in Tampere use to gang together at the lighthouse Siilinkari when the winter sun rises higher and higher and the ice is still strong enough.

The first chapter in English, the second the same in Finnish etc.

I think that Finland, this silent and deeply forested country in the Nordic region, is a country full of love and humility. With four seasons in a year: summer, autumn, spring and winter, the spirit of my new home country never fades.

Minun mielestäni Suomi, tämä hiljainen ja todella metsäinen maa Pohjois-Euroopassa, on täynnä rakkautta ja nöyryyttä. Siellä on neljä vuodenaikaa: kesä, syksy, kevät ja talvi, mutta minun uuden kotimaani henki pysyy samana.

However, majority of the visitors who visit Finland for a short time get the impression that Finns are “cold” people. This impression is not always true! Because the people like to have their space, they live a modest way and are quite respectful of other people’s space and time. Finns never boast of their achievements.

Kuitenkin moni Suomessa vierailijoista luulee, että suomalaiset ovat kylmiä luonteeltaan. Vaikutelma ei ole aina totta, koska ihmiset vain haluavat omaa tilaa, he ovat vaatimattomia ja kunnioittavat toisten tilaa ja aikaa. He eivät kehu itseään.

One thing the Finnish people should be very proud of is their language. Suomi on maailman paras kieli!

Yksi asia, josta suomalaisten pitäisi olla oikein ylpeitä, on heidän kielensä. Suomi on maailman paras kieli!


Price plaque of winter cafeteria at Siilinkari lighthouse

When you have walked, skated or skiid to the lighthouse, do you need a hot drink or a snack?

Snowboarding In Tampere area – Lumilautailua Tampereella

by Federico di Rosa, degree student in Media

Icy birch twigs in sun shine, background blue sky

Do you enjoy winter sports and in particular snowboarding ? I do and I can tell you something about the possibilities in Tampere.

There are mainly two places where you can go, and these are Mustavuori and Hervanta ski resorts (Tampereen Rinteet).

Both resorts have 2 big slopes and one for children. If you are used to go skiing on the Alps for instance, do not expect anything like it but if you are just looking for some jumps and rails that’s the right place for you.

Prices: my opinion? way too expensive for what you get. But you know this is Finland 🙂

My suggestion? Go on Tuesdays because of  very good discount: you can get a ticket for 3-5 euros an hour. Also renting (board and boots) will cost you only 3.5 an hour. Quite nice, isn’t it?

More info:


Finnish language is not difficult, it’s different – Suomen kieli ei ole vaikea, se on erilainen

by Maksym Sytnyk, degree student in Environmental Engineering

Easy Finnish expressions with pictures on the blackboard

You can learn the language only when you have a clear goal for what you are learning it for; otherwise, it’s just “Puhun vähän suomea” throughout all 4 years of the studies. Be sure, visiting basic classes is not the way to become a master.

Self-controlled learning at home combined with studying at extra schools and live-conversations with everyone of any age and status is the way to become fluent in Finnish. “You can’t learn to cycle a bike by reading the instructions”. There is also a second way: enroll officially to some course of your interest that is conducted in Finnish; take in seriously and aim to get grade “5”.

There are examples of people, who were able to master the language in 1 – 2 years. Their driving forces were a desire to have a professional job in Finland during the summers and after graduation; ability to do own business; doing non-English Master’s programs in the field of interest; passion towards the country, Finnish friends and desire to stay here.

There are hard moments during the realization of the goal – feeling that it won’t work out. It is natural; just continue working. You’ll reach new higher level after overcoming that point.

For your learning process:

1. You can officially study professional and language courses at TUT and UTA.

2. Finnish language schools are organized in Tampere (also online):

3. Learning is fascinating with real books, journals, and comics. There are many at TAMK’s library and at local Second hand stores’.

4. Be sure, Finnish is essential to get a summer work.

5. Don’t limit your learning methods: search for fun and interesting ways of realizing your big goal, and one day you’ll say “Puhun suomea sujuvasti”.

My journey of learning Finnish

by Lishan Wu, degree student in Environmental Engineering

two media students training verbs with cards

Yulia and Caro are training verbs

Although Finns speaks fluent English, I determined to study Finnish to integrate myself into Finnish society better.

It was not easy for a foreigner to get the ideas of Finnish language at the beginning, because Finnish is a member of the Finnic group of the Uralic family of languages, which is not the same with English. I still remember that I spent hours and hours learning the pronunciation of A Ä O Ö and R and understanding the personal endings of the personal pronouns.

Now when I look back, I realize what learner need to do is to open the mouth and don’t be shy! Communication in Finnish is of great importance in learning Finnish, because Finnish is a phonetic language that each written letter represents its one sound.

It is advised to review the previous knowledge before stepping forward. For example, review the partitive before learning genititive can help understand their differences and after comparison, it is not so easy to mix up with them.

Leila White’s From start to Finnish and Sonja Gehring and Sanni Heinzmann’s Suomen mestari are the recommended Finnish textbooks. From start to Finnish has English explanation, which is easier for beginner to understand. On the other hand, Suomen mestari has abundant pictures that it interests readers.

Now I have been studying Finnish for two years and I know I will study more in the future. It is not the easy language to learn, but I would say it is interesting and challenging.

Puhukaamme suomea ja nauttikaamme siitä!


Welcome to Lapland – Tervetuloa Lappiin

Road with reindeers in Lapland in winter time

by Tobias Schengber, exhange student in Environmental Engineering

Lapland is stretched across Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia, situated at most northern part of Europe around the Arctic Circle and the home of the Sami people. With its largest city Rovaniemi, the residence of Santa Claus, the Finnish part of Lapland (“Lappi”) is definitely a “must see” when travelling to Finland or staying there for an exchange year. Driving through Lapland shows a different world, which is hard to put into words.

Endless and slippery roads, lack of gas stations, reindeers on the streets surrounded by darkness and snow are challenges you have to struggle against. The only sign of civilisation is the slight discoloration of the sky due to the lights of some houses or street lights. You can hardly imagine of living there, as there are only few houses every 100 km and the bus that has to drive large distances goes approximately four times a day. The difficult living conditions in Lapland make it a very less inhabited place and many Finns just have a summer cottage in there, while they are living in bigger cities in the south of Finland the rest of the year.

A ridethought Lapland is definitely an adventure, especially by car and I would highly recommend for people that like nature, Northern lights (“revontulet”) and quite places.

Aurelia borealis above Tampere

Northern lights above Pinnish Lapland in March 2013