KEVÄT 2019 – Spring Edition Newsletter

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Welcome to the FinnSource

Spring Season Newsletter!

First we will invite you to Minna Canth 175 Birthday Party,
then introduce Finnish language resources,
followed by Community Announcements on Festival of Nations and Elections

Visit our renewed website at

Come Celebrate Minna Canth's 175th Birthday !!

Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 4 p.m.

Norway House | 913 East Franklin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55404
Sponsored by Minneapolis Kuopio Sister City Partnership
Hors d'oeuvres and beverages served. There is no cost for the event.

The informal program will feature the life and works of Minna Canth (1844-1897), who lived most of her life in Kuopio. In the 1880s, as a widow and while raising seven children, she became known as a social activist, speaking out and writing about women's rights. She is the only woman in Finland to have a flag day, March 19, named for her, and also known as Social Equality Day.

Finnish Language Resources

After the school year is over, you can still find great Finnish classes like these:

Salolampi Language Camps

Located in Bemidji, Minnesota | Summer 2019 Camp information here.

CIMO Kesäkurssit

Finnish National Agency for Education summer classes in Finland.

Aalto University classes

Open university Finnish language classes in Helsinki.

Online Finnish language resources

Learn Finnish online with Venla!

Community Announcements


Every year since 1939 the Minnesota Finnish community has participated in the Festival of Nations event that brings together all nationalities of the region. 16,000 school children are bused after school to this event annually. This 80th year we offer you an opportunity to influence how this event is run. You are welcome to join a group of active Finnish Americans to keep the Finnish culture alive and make it a fun FON! Contact See FON website.

Finnish Elections 2019

There are two upcoming 2019 Finnish elections:
Election of members of the Finnish Parliament in April and Election of Finland’s representatives to the E.U. Parliament in May.

Below is information for Advance Voting in Minnesota:

Finnish Elections


Norway House | 913 East Franklin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612 374-2718  | Cell: 612-802-5021 (Marianne Wargelin)

Parliament of Finland elections:
Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 10 am to 7 pm

European Parliament elections (and possible local elections)
Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 10 am to 7 pm

Up until now, Finns have voted only at polling sites. This year, for the first time, citizens living outside Finland can cast mail-in ballots. Like in the USA, receiving and returning absentee ballots are the responsibility of the voter him/herself. Detailed information about how to vote by mail can be found at

A quarter of a million voters live abroad, over 5 % of the eligible voters, some of whom live here in our region. Minneapolis has been chosen as one of only six sites (Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, and Lantana are the others) where advance polling on behalf of Finland’s 2019 elections will occur in the Eastern half of the USA. Why Minneapolis? The Finnish Foreign Ministry chooses US locations they observe to have significantly large and active Finnish populations. The amount of services provided and attention given to a region builds on these observations. For example, the portable passport machine (which many citizens ask to come to their region) only travels to major active Finnish citizen centers. Voting is evidence of an active community of Finnish citizens. On a personal level, this right and privilege of citizenship will create an act through which citizens affirm their concern and support for the country which gives them a unique identity.

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Hauskaa Syksyä !! | ©2019 FinnSource | MSP - USA


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