Finnish programme for international journalists reaches its end

ThisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2018 for international journalists, partly from Asia, will end on 24 August and send the young journalist back home with new knowledge about Finland.

The journalists who attend this year’s programme on the stairs of University of Helsinki. Photo: Foreign Correspondents’ Programme in Finland

“What is sisu? I don’t really know. I have heard this term for the first time last week when I and my journalist friends were lectured about the history of Finland. We were told that ‘sisu’ represents the character of Finnish people.”

This is how a Thai journalist starts a blog about his first experience with Finnish sisu, Finnish sauna and cold swims in the Baltic Sea during ThisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2018.

The programme dates back to 1990 and invites young journalist from countries in Asia, America and Africa to get first hand experiences with Finnish culture. The programme consists of a three-week long stay in Finland, which this year is from 6 – 24 August.

ThisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme is administrated by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and provides an opportunity to learn more about Finland, Finnish society and the Finnish way of life. It includes briefings on various subjects, meetings with Finnish professionals and visits to business enterprises, cultural sites and institutions.

During the journalists’ stay in Finland, they have updated a blog about their thoughts and encounters with Finnish culture.

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