Posts Tagged ‘suomi’

Celebrating the Nation: Finisch Independance Day

6. Dezember 2015

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:

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🇫🇮🎆 To quote Benedict Anderson:"I propose the following definition of the nation: it is an imagined political community – – and imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign." … "It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion. (…) In fact, all communities larger than primordial villages of face-to-face contact (and perhaps even these) are imagined. Communities are to be distinguished, not by their falsity/genuineness, but by the style in which they are imagined. Javanese villagers have always known that they are connected to people they have never seen, but these ties were once imagined particularistically-as indefinitely stretchable nets of kinship and clientship. Until quite recently, the Javanese language had no word meaning the abstraction 'society.'" https://www2.bc.edu/marian-simion/th406/readings/0420anderson.pdf #ITSENÄISYYSPÄIVÄÄ #SUOMI HAPPY 98th #INDEPENDENCE DAY #FINLAND #Funland #emoji #finlandemoji

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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:

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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.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54YSkW4sJU4

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Best of: Finnish Police

19. November 2015

Since a couple of weeks I have subscribed to the finish police forces various social media accounts. Police forces as well as individual policepersons seems to be quite active, especially on instragram, but also on Facebook and twitter.

Their messages all seem to be taken with some irony and humor. Here are the best (so far).

Obviously the strategy is to present police as people who enjoy sports and are physically fit (maybe these deters criminals) and as people who have fun at their work:

Also the humor and making fun about Halloween and stuff seems to be important:

The police school even participates with one this popular finish fish memes? Witch they explain in the commentary section: nice blog @sbamueller! #kuhajutut-meemi is based on Finnish language so it’s pretty hard to explain 🙂 „Kuha“ is both a fish and a spoken-language version of „kunhan“ (as long as). „Voi“ is both #butter“ and the verb „can“. Here we tackled all the memes in one picture: sporting with other officers (#taukojumppa), wearing the reflective vest (#taikaviitta) and the fish/butter -thing. The text translates „One can exercise as long as one is visible“… Weird Finnish humour… 🙂

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