2017 is a year of celebration for Finland. SF100or Finland Finland 100, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the country’s independent people. Embassy of Finland in Bangkok looks forward to a year full of events, the sharing of Finnish values and the strengthening of ties with Thailand.
“We celebrate as Finns, but also with friends around the world. We hope to make a lot of new friends from Finland this year. It is a year that presents Finland’s journey over the last 100 years, ”says Katarina Tapio, Deputy Head of the Embassy of Finland, his wishes for the year.
“We’ve accomplished a lot of good things, so we want to share these experiences and how we came here. We hope to be able to give any best practices and show how we became a stable and innovative country, which I think is also Thailand’s goal. “
Finland has the opportunity to inspire other countries Bangkok International Book Fair, which Katarina Tapio mentions as Finland ‘s main event in Bangkok.
From March 29 – April 4, 2017Finland is a guest of honor at the book fair, and 2 million people should visit there. As a guest of honor, Finland has a large pavilion, the theme of which is the joy of reading – the key to lifelong learning.
At the book fair, the embassy hopes to be able to show the Finnish education system, which is often mentioned as one of the best in the world. Thailand has also shown great interest in Finnish education methods, says Katarina Tapio. Thailand is working to improve its own education system, but despite having invested a lot and invested in it, the Thais are not making progress.
“I think they’re happy to learn from other countries – and we’re happy to share,” Tapio says.
However, the book fair is not just about books and education. It is also an opportunity for the embassy to promote Finnish business and tourism in Finland.
“We have a lot of Finnish design on display. It is this visual trip to Finland with wonderful pictures that can perhaps highlight Finland as a very interesting travel destination, ”says Katarina Tapio. “Almost 140,000 Finns come to Thailand every year, and we would be happy if we could get as much or more from Thailand to Finland.”
The Finnish design house Marimekko is one of the Finnish companies that will be on display in the Finnish pavilion at the book fair. Marimekko is known for its original prints and colors. They make both clothes and accessories as well as home furnishings.
“In Finnish design, Thais love many things. Somehow fun things. “Sanuk,” they say in Thai about everything enjoyable and fun, and we try to put it together. “
Something “sanukia” that will be part of the Finnish display is the Moomin, which is known to many as a children’s book character, but is also a popular decoration in mugs, plates and others.
As the main event of the Bangkok International Book Fair, the embassy will also bring together many other events. So far, many details cannot be revealed as much remains to be done in the design process. However, he guarantees that in December, around Independence Day, a big celebration will be held to really celebrate the anniversary.
“We are going to bring great Finnish artists, Finnish art, design and Finnish food and have a nice party with Finnish and Finnish foreign friends.”
The Embassy of Finland in Thailand is also organizing a drawing competition as part of the celebration. The winner will be chosen from a Finnish school and one from a Thai school, and together they will receive the Finnish ambassador Satu Suikkari-Kleven in the shadow of the day and experience what it is like to be an ambassador and bring two different cultures together.
“We want to make more friends from Finland in Thailand. And to show what Finland has to offer in both politics and politics, but also to show that Finland is a great country to visit and a country with great design and products. We have more events with Finnish food and culture – planning and food are what we focus on, but I can’t reveal the details yet. “
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