Santa gave me a call
Hi everyone and dear Rachel
I had a phone call from Korvatunturi. It was Santa Claus himself and he was not very pleased with me. Why not? Well I told you on Sunday that Korvatunturi was about 600 kilometers from Oulu, but as Santa pointed out, that the distance between Oulu and Korvatunturi is only about 400 kilometers.
I can well understand Santa´s annoyance, I have such a grand audience all around the world and I told his whereabouts incorrectly. I am sorry!
Rachel thank you very much for your kind advice, I am very pleased that you point out my errors. It is precisely what I wish you would do. I am not here to be told how well I am doing (although some praise form time to time would be nice); instead I hope to get advice how to do better.
Rachel we don´t use article in Finnish, and here is my home work:
I am rather an impatient person…
The reason for the above is
Someone knew that a couple of songs…
As far as lacking of something: I am waiting for your advice.
Everyone thank you again for your very interesting replies, I read them all twice. They were all very interesting, I was particularly interested about the water ways and related subjects matters. Just a few quick replies for some of the questions you put forward. First of all horse riding is very popular here in Finland and mainly with females. My daughter Katri is a horse riding instructor, and yes Ana Paula the film you asked about is familiar.
About Sauna, it is a place we Finns can not be without. I will talk about sauna later on in length.
You also talked about our paper industry. The pulp and paper industry has traditionally had a strong significance in the Finnish economy, as many of you well knew. I live near the pulp and paper factory that was founded 1937. When the site went through moderation work in early 1990´s, it was considered the most modern paper making factory in the world.
Some of you asked me about my views on subject matter in Uruguay, well I am not an expert on this issue and from were I am sitting it would be impossible for me to say, but I can say that our Oulu paper and pulp factory has never caused me any harm and further more our environmental regulations to my knowledge are very strict (as they should be).
Which reminds me of you: hello_loc from Vietnam; I agree with you that national resources are utmost importance when building a wealthy nation. If I understood correctly we both agree that the wealth of nation relies on natural resources as well as on people (know-how, wisdom, education, good governing and equal opportunities to all). Perhaps the uprightness of the people is the base for using the resources in a responsible way.
Rachel mentioned Guy Fawkes; I can well understand why you fell nostalgic about it Rachel. Here in Finland we have just celebrated so called “Saints Day”, during this day we remember those who have passed away. You may remember that I mentioned yesterday that we are entering the dim light period.
Well we have a custom to light candles on the graves of our dear ones. As it is dark outside the graveyards look so beautiful with hundreds of candles burning (Rachel I am not happy with this sentence, this is what I mean when I say I would like to have more looseness in my writing). And as it happens the 5. of November was also our wedding anniversary. All and all a memorable day!
Rachel was talking about election in Australia. Well politics are always a good subject to talk about. We have a fairly new government, and as a result Finland has 20 ministers; 12 women and 8 men. Our President is also a woman. I was listening news the other day and I heard that Finland is a world record holder having female majority in political power. I don´t know if that is something to boost about.
We have a multi-party system with tree major parties (Centre Party, National Coalition Party and Social Democratic Party) and several smaller parties (Left Alliance, Green League, Swedish People's Party, Christian Democrats and True Finns). Most executive power resides in the cabinet (the Finnish Council of State) headed by the Prime Minister.
The parties in power for four years as from end of April 2007 are: Centre Party, Conservative National Coalition Party, Green League and Swedish People´s Party. Other parties are in opposition.
Unlike the Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden being constitutional monarchies, Finland has a republican form of government. The 200-member unicameral parliament is called the Eduskunta (Finnish) or Riksdag (Swedish). Eduskunta is the supreme legislative authority in Finland. The President of Finland is the Head of Finnish state, the President is also the commanding chief of the army.
No more tonight, tomorrow I will continue to write about issues you put forward; global warming etc..
I wonder if celebrated something special just now?
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