In Finland for Finnish people football is not important

17 Nov

Young Finns play very much football, but they are gradually becoming bored with football. for Finnish people football doesn`t mean very much, but for foreigners it means a lot because they want to become professional. A lot of foreigners practice in their spare time with friends because they develop their skills . When foreigners practice football they take it seriously because they don’t! want to lose the game.

first when l started football l was 12 years old. l played in team. l was the only foreign player in my team. l was a bad player, l didn`t know how to kick the ball. the Finns spoke behind our backs bullshit, then l feel very badly and l was embarrassed. l wanted to learn how to play good football, but it was not so easy for me. Now l have learned how to play football because l had been practicing very much even my coach said to me that l`m becoming a good player. l was so happy when l heard that from my coach and also my friends said to me that l`m faster attacker. Now my point is to become a professional and l still practice very hardly, l hope one day l will become a professional football player.

By Nawid and Jama

Funny Versatile Finnish Music

17 Nov

In Finland we have very long music history. We have our own traditional music and instruments. We have also “modern” music that is known in others countries too.

Traditional music

We can say  that every town in Finland they have their own kind of music. We don`t know who are written all our traditional songs because it has been learnt by ear. In Karjala and Lapland, there is very strong music history. In Karjala, there is own special music style.

Our special instruments

We have traditional instruments like “Kantele” and “Jouhikko”. Music styles are little bit strange too, like “Kalevala Songs”

Popular music in Finland

We have here in Finland very many different music styles. Almost everybody knows “Lordi ” , but we have much more else than that.

“Iskelmä” Is very old music style, it`s very popular. First Selma star in Finland was Georg Malmsten. Nowadays we have also else like Paula Koivuniemi and Tapio Rautavaara. I am sure, that everybody’s grandma and grandfather listen to  iskelmä. It’s kind of”old people” music.

  Many know Finland as” land of heavy music”. It’s true. We have many heavy bands, but it doesn’t mean that we all listen that.  Lordi and Him are very popular , and Apocalyptica too.                                                           

     Lordi is Heavy metal band. They are dressed in monster suits and they have 5 members in their band. Lordi has won eurovision contest in 2006.  After that Lordi has been popular in Finland but I think that it`s not so popular anymore. It`s not so “new thing” anymore. Lordi`s home town is Rovaniemi.

Singing Games

In Finland we have same singing competitions like every country . The most popular sing contest is Idols. Many finnish artist have became famous ,becouse they took part in finnish Idols. In finland is hart to succeed. You have to have own style to stick out . Idols is a good way to become popular and in that contest population will see you and hear about you. We have many smaller sing contest too, but those are not the same like Idols.

By Pirina & Pinja

The spirit of the East

17 Nov

We are going to tell you about a place that stirs many different opinions, Itä-Helsinki (eastern Helsinki). Our school is a middle of the eastern Helsinki, in Itäkeskus, which is usually called Itis.

Metro and buss station

The stereotype of Itis (and whole Eastern Helsinki)  is old (and young) alcoholics who drink like fish, foreigners with knives, drugs …
Okay, that’s kind of true, but there are also many good things. There’s a very big shopping center in Itis. It’s one of the best places to hang out with friends. You can just sit in McDonald’s, eat like a horse, drink coffee and talk with your friends in good atmosphere.

In Itis

Teenagers in Itis usually swears a lot and they also use many slang words. Even old grannies use slang words. Sometimes slang words are not so piece of cake and people don’t understand it even by themselves. Many slang words comes from Sweden.

Because our school is in Itis, most of our school’s students live here in the east, not necessarily in Itis, because Eastern Helsinki is a big area. For example, we both live over 4km from Itis and we still live in the east.

Our school and few of our friends

 

Itis is very broad-minded what comes about immigrants.  Here lives people from many different countries. For example Somalia, Sweden, Russia, Vietnam, China, Kongo and many countries from the Middle East.

In itis there are many suburbs. All suburbs includes many different cultures. For example in Kontula (part of the eastern Helsinki) there is lot of Romanian people.

Eastern Helsinki

 

Many people who live in eastern Helsinki listens to finnish rap music. Many finnish rappers are from Eastern Helsinki.   For example one finnish rapper, Asa, writes songs about social grievances in Eastern Helsinki.

The name of the first song means more food, less weapons.

The name of the second song (Rikrek= rikosrekisteri) means criminal record and the song tells about desperate people with criminal record and how they can’t rent apartment, have a loan, have a job … And things like that.

Ps. Under the rough surface Eastern Helsinki is the most beautifull place to live, in its own way. There are many ugly things but we think that only proofs that Itis is true.

BY ELINA & PETRI

The food in Finland

17 Nov

There is same food in Finland as in other countries and a lot influences, especially from Sweden and Russian. But Finland does have some traditional Finnish food too.

Mämmi is that black stuff Finns have on Easter. It is made from water, malt and rye flour and it is eaten with sugar and cream on it. In fact, the most of Finns think it’s ugly. Everyone doesn’t eat it. Karelian pasty is a traditional Finnish pastry. It is a rye crust with rice pudding in it. It is a bit like bread. It is often eaten with egg butter and it’s actually pretty good. Kalakukko is a traditional Finnish food. It is made from fish and pork baked inside a rye bread. It’s just yuck!

Finns often eat bread, potatoes, meat balls, fish sticks or minced meat. We also have lots of dairy products. Sometimes Finns eat at McDonald’s and they like pizza and candy. It is pretty unhealthy really. For breakfast many people have cereals or toast.

Karelian pastry

By Jenna and Hanna

Finnish men are tall and thin – you wish

17 Nov

Are we all Finns blue eye-eyed blondes? Are Finnish men tall and thin? This is about Finnish looks and fashion.

Yes, Alexander Stubb and our ex-prime minister Matti Vanhanen are tall and thin. It can create a certain image. Unfortunately, there are also short and fat Finnish men. In fact, we have our own stereotype of middle aged men – they have big tummies because of drinking a lot of beer. Have you heard of Martti Ahtisaari? He’s a bit different example of Finnish men.

We are not all blondes. Finns tell blond jokes disrespecting blondes in the blink of an eye. Here comes one: How does a blond try to kill a fish? –By drowning. Typical Finnish hair color is mousy grey and that’s why we dye our hair often. Ida was 7 years old when she dyed her hair first time and Soili was 10. Old people dye their hair for covering grey ones and it’s not weird or rare if a boy has dyed his hair.

As common as the stereotype of blonds is that every Finn is blue-eyed. There are no more blue-eyed Finns than blonds. We have all kinds of eye colors. We ourselves have green eyes. Some people use colored contact lenses to make their look perfect.

We have four seasons and it’s nice to get new clothes when season changes. On the other hand winter is annoying time because you need so many clothes and getting dressed takes a long time. You can’t dress to kill because you must have many layers of clothing. For example if you have a new cool top nobody will notice it under your hoodies and jacket. In winter everyone seems to prefer dark colors than others. Leather jackets and long boots are now popular with teens.

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Almost every teenage girl have earrings because there’s no age limit for that. And what comes with the boys, they usually have only one ear pierced. In Finland 16-year-old can get a piercing but there are few exceptions. To get a nipple or genital piercing you need to be 18.

It’s funny and shocking when you walk on the street and see 11 year-old girl with lots of makeup on. It’s general with children nowadays. In addition to wearing makeup they also have the latest high-priced fashion clothes. Though this has become an ordinary phenomenon luckily everyone doesn’t do that. When we were as the same age as they are we had pink t-shirts with text “100% girl power” and we definitely didn’t wear any makeup.

We have all kind of dressing styles here in Finland. Especially in the midst of youngsters. You can find emos, goths, rockers, heavy metal fans, nerds, those who follow the latest fashion trends and loads of other styles. Here in Finland is also very popular dressing style called “pissis” – they frequent brands like Wesc, Paul Frank and Svea. Some of them don’t even know how to make up! Almost anyone doesn’t like them because besides that they usually look awful, they’re also quite annoying. Here is a joke video about them.

But the fact is that generalizing doesn’t tell the whole truth. For example – you can look like nerd but deep inside you think as the same way as emos do!
You really can’t say anything about the other person if you don’t know them. Yes, you can always criticise people on the ground what they look like – but you have to remember that everything isn’t always what it looks like.

Street fashion from Helsinki

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By Ida & Soili

Education system in Finland

16 Nov

Now we are going to tell you about Finland’s school system. Finland is said to have world’s best school system. It has been ranked several times to world’s best on PISA’s survay. Education is here highly appreciated too. School and school meal are completely free here. People start their school in the age of 7 when they go to primary school. It takes 6 years (from class 1 to class 6). There all the basics are learnt . After primary school students go to lower secondary school. It takes 3 years,from class 7 to class 9. When students have graduated from 9th grade they get their diploma. Diploma is very important because with it students apply for either to upper secondary school/high school or to vocational school.

In high school it is a lot more reading so it is a lot harder than before and it gives a common knowledge. It takes 2-4 years, usually 3.High school is free too, except that students have to buy their own coursebooks which cost quite a lot money. Students have to pass 75 courses to be able to take part in the baccalaureate.

After upper secondary school/high school or vocational school your able to go to university or university for applied sciences. These studies may take several years.

Our school, Itäkeskus upper secondary school is located in Eastern-Helsinki. It is kind of small school with a lot of students. The classes are also very big, usually about 30 students . Students can choose between language class and a regular lines. There are two language line classes A and B, and the rest of classes  from C are normal line classes. In language classes students focus on languages and they can drop 8 compulsory courses. The atmosphere in our school is really good. Nobody is being teased and everybody is friend with everybody.

Here is some pictures from our school

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by Lassi & Jannika

English for the finnish

16 Nov

Finland. A country behind God’s back. It wouldn’t be a wonder if we didn’t even know the English language. Still, we know how to speak English (luckily). We do have a question though. WHY do we need English? What we are doing with this worldwide language in this land of eternal ice? That’s a thing we’re about to find out!

English is mostly needed for communication. Finland would be boring without English. We love English movies, but unfortunately they are dubbed in Finnish sometimes. We also need English to use the Internet and without that we couldn’t go to youtube or facebook OMG. And also if you happen to know English people you couldn’t communicate with them without English. And we couldn’t graduate school if we didn’t learn English.

But why we use English? Because it’s fun! Speaking English is great, you can always improve your skills by just having a little chat with your pals in English. Or we just play video games at night and use English to communicate with teammates. And it’s fun to watch tv-programs without subtitles ’cause it’s fun to see if you understand everything. English is also useful when you go abroad cause in many countries people in restaurants and hotels speak English. These are just a few of the many reasons why we need English in Finland. The end

Made by: Timi, Matti and Mikael

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