Mark Wiltshear’s 12 Minute Conversation with Engel Jones

Season 3, Episode 39
For this episode, I am grateful to Engel Jones for allowing to rebroadcast an interview that first went-out on his 12 Minute Convos podcast in January 2018.
Engel is an Entrepreneur & Podcast Host who set himself a goal: 800 recorded conversations in 12 weeks from Sep 19th – Dec 12th 2017.

In this conversation, hear me on the other side of the mic (for a change) talking about why I make the Explore Finland Radio Show, the motivation behind founding Xport, writing a blog for Visit Seinäjoki and the relevance of the Diana Ross song ‘Chain Reaction’.

If you know me, you won’t be surprised that my #12minconvo lasted 18 mins!

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Preserving the Culture of a Lost Karelia

Crest image by Nilakka (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Season 3, Episode 38
Recorded in 2016, I speak to Marjo Matikainen-Källström, Satu Hallonberg and Markku Pulli about Karjalaisetkesäjuhlat; the commemoration of the evacuation of 430,000 people from Karelia after World War 2 and a celebration of continuing Karelian culture. I then speak to Satu Pihlajaniemi who shares some of her family’s memories as evacuees from Karjala.

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A Tour Around Lappajärvi, Europe’s Largest Crater Lake

Season 3, Episode 37
In this episode, I speak to Teemu Öhman who is a Craterologist or, to be more precise, an Earth and planetary scientist and lecturer at Arctic Planetary Science Institute.
Teemu explained about the creation of Lake Lappajärvi in Etelä-Pohjanmaa, and then gave some recommendations of places to visit in the Lappajärvi area. All of which you can discover for yourself, using the new virtual Craterlake Geotrail commissioned by Järviseutu-Seura ry

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The Mysterious Church Stables in Närpes

Mark exploring the stables at Sankta Maria Kyrkä, Narpes

Season 3, Episode 36
I visit Sankta Maria church in Närpes/Närpiö, and speak to town guide, Marianne Winter. I learn why the church is surrounded by over 100 stables, about the unique Swedish dialect in Närpes and why the Vietnamese name, Nguyen, is the most common surname in Närpes.

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Tradition & ‘Magic’: Finnish Puukko Knives

Image from Marcus Lepola’s video ‘Finnish Birch Bark Knife Sheath’ https://youtu.be/DTXUyjnVmQs

Season 3 Episode 35
I discuss the traditional Finnish Puukko knife with Ethnologist and Bushcraft champion, Marcus Lepola. We talk about it’s importance in the history of  violence, love & marriage, and everyday life in Finland.

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[Replay] Finnish Food: The Good, The Bad & The Weird

Season 3 Episode 34
As a companion to my interview with Kristina Vänni in episode 33. Here is a replay of my conversation with restauranteur, Miia Keski-Nikkola. We talked about Finnish food, busting some myths, discussing Mother Nature’s offerings and looking at traditional Xmas food.

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Kristina Vänni’s ‘Homefarm’ Cookbook: Taking Finnish Cuisine into American Kitchens

Photo credit Eric Kleinberg Photography http://www.ebkphoto.com/

Season 3, Episode 33
I speak to internationally recognised culinary authority and TV host, Kristina Vänni, who is also a food writer, TV host, recipe developer, cooking contest expert.
We discuss her upcoming cookbook, Homefarm, but also her Finnish roots in Peräseinäjoki, Etelä Pohjanmaa. She tells the  the story of her Great-Grandmother, Josefiina Pitäkranta’s emigration to the USA in 1899 and how Kristina came to connect with her distant relatives, her ‘return’ to Pitkäranta Farm and the inspiration for her book.

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Explore Finland Podcast Season 3 Starts Now!

Season 3 Introduction
Hi everyone, it’s Mark here. I’m back and I just wanted to take a few minutes to explain where I’ve been, what (or rather who) inspired me to get back behind the microphone, and to introduce to you a few of the upcoming subjects. In this episode, I ask for some introductions to potential interviewees, so if you can help, contact me on one of the following:

Thanks a lot,
◊◊◊ Mark ◊◊◊

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Summer Replay: Just Why Is The Sauna So Important To Finns?

Sauna replay

In this episode I speak to Jaakko and Martti Koskenkorva about the most recognisable Finnish word in the world, Sauna. I visited them at Koskenkorva Trahteeri to talk about the history, the traditions and why the sauna is so important to the Finns.

Guests: Jaakko & Martti Koskenkorva

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Summer Replay: Beer Tasting at Mallaskoski Brewery

Mallaskoski replay

Brewmaster Jyri Ojaluoma takes me back in time to the re-birth of Mallskoski and their Kuohu beer. We discuss brewing techniques and tricks and review the 1st Lakeuden Panimojuhlat (Beer Festival) in Seinäjoki.

 

Guest: Jyri Ojaluoma, Brewmaster

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Summer Replay: How Much Does Finland Love Ice Cream?

Finnish Ice Cream replay

Päivi explains how ice cream is made at Wirtalan Jäätelö and gives a surprising answer to the question ‘What is South Ostrobothnia’s favourite flavour?’

 

Guest: Päivi Virtaniemi, Entrepreneur and co-founder of Wirtalan Jäätelö

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Summer Replay: Jokkis / Finnish Folk Racing – Motor Sport for ‘Everyman’

Jokkis replay


Guest: Emilia Uutela, Andrenalin-junkie Jokkis Driver

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Summer Replay: Finnish Football Culture and the Rise of SJK Seinäjoki

SJK History replay

Lari talks about the origins of football culture in Finland, and the history of Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho (SJK)

Guest: Lari Paski, Supporters Liaison Officer at SJK and football fanatic

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Summer Replay: Festivals: Midsummer Metal & Tango Camper Vans

Finnish Festivals replay

Juha talks about more Finnish festivals. From the Heavy Metal Midsummer through the invasion of camper vans for Seinäjoen Tangomarkkinat and on to newer, urban events for HipHop and EDM.

 

Guest: Juha Koivisto – Festival promoter, Agent

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Summer Replay: In Competition on the Frisbee Golf Course

Frisbee Golf replay

Pekka explains the rules, techniques and tactics of Frisbee Golf, before I join him on the course in the CityFrisbee Golf competition in Seinäjoki

Guest: Pekka Hautala, Football commentator and Frisbee Golfer

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Summer Replay: Provinssirock Festival & the Finnish Music Scene

Provinssirock replay

Juha talks about the history of the Provinssirock Festival, and the popularity of domestic music making it possible for Finnish-only events to sell-out.

Guest: Juha Koivisto – Festival promoter, Agent

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Summer Replay: The Magic of Midnight Golf in Finland

Midnight Golf replay

Matias explains the requirements to be able to play golf in Finland, the fun of midnight golf, and his marathon 24-hour, sponsored fund-raiser in 2014.

Guest: Matias Lampinen, Executive Director, Kuortane Golf Club

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End of Season 2 Credits

Season 2 Credits

Season 2 Credits
I decided that, like Season 1, I would also record 16 episodes for Season 2. Now it’s time to take a look back at Season 2 of the Explore Finland Radio Show, to consider the topics covered and thank everyone that agreed to be interviewed. You can still keep in touch on the various social media and don’t forget to let me know what subjects you want me to cover in season three, you never know I might find just the right person to speak to.

 

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Ice-hole Swimming & Sauna: A Natural High!

Lakeuden Avantouimarit

Kyllä kylymä teköö hyvää – Yes, the cold does good! Image: http://www.lakeudenavantouimarit.net/

Season 2 Episode 32
I learn why swimming in ice-cold water after taking a sauna is better than sex or morphine! Jussi explains ALL the benefits of Avantouinti, before taking me swimming in the hole in the ice on a frozen pond. Yep, that’s right…

Guests: Jussi Mustikkamaa, Journalist

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Beer Tasting at Mallaskoski Brewery

Mallaskoski

Season 2 Episode 31
Brewmaster Jyri Ojaluoma takes me back in time to the re-birth of Mallskoski and their Kuohu beer. We discuss brewing techniques and tricks and review the 1st Lakeuden Panimojuhlat (Beer Festival) in Seinäjoki.

 

Guest: Jyri Ojaluoma, Brewmaster

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Jussi paita: Ostrobothnia’s Uniform

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Season 2 Episode 30
Student Film-makers Tytti & Onni tell me about the origins and history of the Jussi paiti, plus what they learned while making their documentary ‘Pohjanmaan univormu’ (Ostrobothnian Uniform)

Guests: Tytti Kuusinen & Onni Venäläinen, Film-makers

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Film & Lights Festival at ‘Matti’s Cottage’

Matin-Tupa

Season 2 Episode 29
Mari welcomes me to the ‘Filmiä- ja valoa elokuvafestivaali’ at Matin-Tupa Cinema. She introduces me to the past, present and future of the cinema that’s been in her family for 70 years.

Guest: Mari Keskinen, 4th-Generation Cinephile

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The Magic of Midnight Golf in Finland

Midnight Golf

Season 2 Episode 28
Matias explains the requirements to be able to play golf in Finland, the fun of midnight golf, and his marathon 24-hour, sponsored fund-raiser in 2014.

Guest: Matias Lampinen, Executive Director, Kuortane Golf Club

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Finnish Food: The Good, The Bad & The Weird

Finnish Food

Season 2 Episode 27
The Good, The Bad & the Downright Weird of Finnish Food with Miia
This week I get to sit down with Miia Keski-Nikkola and talk food, which is no hardship for me; busting some myths, discussing Mother Nature’s offerings and looking at traditional Xmas Food.

Guests: Miia Keski-Nikkola, Restauranteur

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Reconstructing Finland’s Emigrant History

World of Trails

Season 2 Episode 26
Tella takes us on a walk through history at the World of Trails in Peräseinäjoki. A collection of buildings, previously owned by Finnish emigrants, dismantled, moved and reconstructed in South Ostrobothnia.


Guest: Tella Lahti, Executive Director, Finnish Emigrant Museum

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Festivals: Midsummer Metal & Tango Camper Vans

Finnish Festivals

Season 2, Episode 25
Juha talks about more Finnish festivals. From the Heavy Metal Midsummer through the invasion of camper vans for Seinäjoen Tangomarkkinat and on to newer, urban events for HipHop and EDM.

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Guest: Juha Koivisto – Festival promoter, Agent

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Provinssirock Festival & the Finnish Music Scene

Provinssirock new logo

Season 2, Episode 24
Juha talks about the history of the Provinssirock Festival, and the popularity of domestic music making it possible for Finnish-only events to sell-out.

Guest: Juha Koivisto – Festival promoter, Agent

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Finnish Football Show #1 – Veikkausliiga 2015 Review

FINNISH FOOTBALL SHOW
Join Mark (@explorefinland), Rich (@escapetosuomi) and Mark (@MaHa_FCSuomi) for the first episode of the Finnish Football Show series, where 3 old blokes sit and talk about football. In Finland.

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How Much Does Finland Love Ice Cream?

Ice Cream graphic courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Ice Cream graphic courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Season 2, Episode 22
Päivi explains how ice cream is made at Wirtalan Jäätelö and gives a surprising answer to the question ‘What is South Ostrobothnia’s favourite flavour?’

 

Guest: Päivi Virtaniemi, Entrepreneur and co-founder of Wirtalan Jäätelö

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SJK Season Review 2015 – Suomen mestari!

SJK Season Review 2015

Season 2, Episode 21
Lari returns to the pod to reveal his highlights from following Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho in 2015. Spoiler alert, it has a very happy ending!

Guest: Lari Paski, Supporters Liaison Offer, SJK

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Jokkis / Finnish Folk Racing – Motor Sport for ‘Everyman’

Jokkis

Season 2, Episode 20
Emilia explains the basic of Jokamiehenluoka/Jokkis/Finnish Folk Racing, before getting behind the wheel on race day.


Guest: Emilia Uutela, Andrenalin-junkie Jokkis Driver

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In Competition on the Frisbee Golf Course

Frisbee Golf

Season 2, Episode 19
Pekka explains the rules, techniques and tactics of Frisbee Golf, before I join him on the course in the CityFrisbee Golf competition in Seinäjoki

 

Guest: Pekka Hautala, Football commentator and Frisbee Golfer

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Finnish Music Traditions: From Folk to Rap!

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“M2403 – kantele – okänd tillverkare – foto Mikael Bodner” by Musik- och teatermuseet – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Season 2, Episode 18 – A short introduction to traditional Finnish music from Piia & Mika, including Iskelmä, Choral, Rautalanka, Folk… and Rap.


Guests: Piia Kleemola-Välimäki and Mika Virkkala, from the Sibelius Academy

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The History of Emigration from Finland

Emigrant Museum

Season 2, Episode 17
Tella tells about Finland’s historical emigration, where people came from, where they eventually settled and some that made their fortune and came back again. 

 

Guest: Tella Lahti, Executive Director, Finnish Emigrant Museum

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SJK into Europe 2015-16: Episode #2

Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho Team 2015. Photo courtesy of SJK.

The draw for the latest Europa League competition was made on Monday 22nd June, and Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho were drawn against Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar of Iceland.

In this episode, recorded 22.7.2015,  you can hear me speak to Wayne Brown and Bahrudin Atajic about SJK’s defeat to FH and looking forward to the remainder of the 2015 season. Read the Show Notes here

Guests:Wayne Brown and Bahrudin Atajic, SJK

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SJK into Europe 2015-16: Episode #1

Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho Team 2015. Photo courtesy of SJK.

The draw for the latest Europa League competition was made on Monday 22nd June, and Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho were drawn against Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar of Iceland.

In this episode, recorded 23.6.2015,  you can hear me speak to Chris Cleaver, and Richie Dorman about the upcoming SJK vs FH fixtures. Read the Show Notes here

Guests: Chris Cleaver and Richie Dorman, SJK

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End of Season 1 Credits

Season 1 Credits Show

I’ve reached a convenient point to pause and take a look back at ‘season one’ of the Explore Finland Radio Show. I will return in the Autumn 2015 for a second season, but I wanted to take a few moments to consider the topics covered and thank everyone that agreed to be interviewed. You can still keep in touch on the various social media and don’t forget to let me know what subjects you want me to cover in season two, you never know I might find just the right person to speak to.

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Apollo FC: The Pink Dogs’ Noble Goals

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Season 1 Episode 16 Mikael & Jarl Matti proclaim Finland’s
‘Pink Revolution’
There is something in the air in South Ostrobothnia. In this episode, I speak to two members of a new football club in Seinäjoki, which has the noble aim of raising money for charity, while also providing a destination for retired footballers.

Guests: Mikael Muurimäki and Jarl Matti Antilla, Apollo FC players

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International Students in Finland, 2of2

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Season 1 Episode 15 International Students Studying in Finland
Junyi, Betti &amp; Miia Explain All, Part 2
This is a continuation of a conversation, where we talk about experiences of moving to Finland, business culture in South Ostrobothnia, what Betti and Winnie do in their free-time and, of course, the weather.

Guests:

  • Jinyu (Winnie) Ding & Betti Csiba – International Students.
  • Miia Koski – Student counsellor, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

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The 2015 General Elections in Finland

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Season1 Episode 14 On The Election Trail with
‘Henna Rantasaari #135’
In this episode, I speak to Henna about the upcoming elections here in Finland. She explains how the political system works, how the Parliamentary seats are allocated and how the Government is formed.

Guest: Henna Rantasaari, Green Party Candidate

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International Students in Finland, 1of2

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Season1 Episode 13 International Students Studying in Finland, Junyi, Betti & Miia Explain All, Part 1
In this episode, I meet Junyi Ding & Betti Csiba, who tell me about life as an international student at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK). Many thanks to Miia Koski from SeAMK for arranging (and participating in) the recording.

Guests: Jinyu (Winnie) Ding & Betti Csiba – International Students. Miia Koski – Student counsellor, SeAMK

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High-speed Motor Racing On Ice at Botniaring

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Season 1 Episode 12 High-speed Motor Racing (on ice!) with Kristiina
In this episode, I speak to race organiser Kristiina ahead of the VillaAPR Icerace at the Botniaring race track in Jurva, Etelä-Pohjanmaa. Listen as she tells me about the meeting, the track and the facilities, before I visit the APR Icerace in February 2015.

Guest: Kristiina Vaalasmaa

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Salibandy* in Seinäjoki (*Floorball, Unihockey…)

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S1 Ep11 Tuukka talks SPV, Salibandy & Success
In this episode I get an introduction to the game of Salibandy (Floorball; Unihockey; Innebandy) from Tuukka Kiviranta, who plays for the high-flying SPV team from Seinäjoki. Tuukka explains the rules and tactics of the game, and tells me about the history, and recent success of SPV.

Guest: Tuukka Kiviranta, Floorball player

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Finland’s Olympic Training Centre, Kuortane

OTC Collage

Season 1 Episode 10 Training for Olympic Success with Olli-Pekka:
It will take more than a 30 minute podcast to get me into peak fitness, but this week I get a guided tour of the Olympic Training Centre in Kuortane.

Guest: Olli-Pekka Karjalainen, European Gold medal winner

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Distilling, Prohibition & Koskenkorva Vodka

Season 1 Episode 9 Jaakko & Martti’s Tour of Koskenkorva Museum:
Join me as I visit the Koskenkorva Museo and learn about the history of distilling in Koskenkorva, as well as the distinctive local clocks, Könnikello, and we take another, brief tour around the saunas at Koskenkorva Trahteeri, until we end up at the ‘vodka tap’! Intrigued?

Guests: Jaakko & Martti Koskenkorva

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A Tour of the Aalto Centre, Seinäjoki pt.2

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Season 1 Episode 8. Part 2 of 2
I continue my guided tour of the Alvar Aalto centre in Seinäjoki, by visiting Aalto’s theatre (with it’s collection of glass and porcelain by Alvar & Aino Aalto) and the new Apila library next door to Aalto’s original. (Episode 1 can be found here. )

Guest: Marianne Holma, Seinäjoki City Guide

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A Tour of the Aalto Centre, Seinäjoki pt.1

Episode 7 – Marianne’s Guided Tour of the Alvar Aalto Centre in Seinäjoki, part 1

Episode 7 – Marianne’s Guided Tour of the Alvar Aalto Centre in Seinäjoki, part 1

Season 1 Episode 7: Part 1 of 2.
Marianne takes me on a guided tour of the Alvar Aalto centre, in Seinäjoki, a cluster of six, civic buildings that form its iconic centrepiece. Alvar and Aino Aalto are arguably Finland’s greatest designers and, in part 1, you can hear Marianne describe the Town Hall and Lakeuden Risti Church.

Guest: Marianne Holma, Seinäjoki City Guide

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Just Why Is The Sauna So Important To Finns?

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Season 1 Episode 6
In this episode I speak to Jaakko and Martti Koskenkorva about the most recognisable Finnish word in the world, Sauna. I visited them at Koskenkorva Trahteeri to talk about the history, the traditions and why the sauna is so important to the Finns.

Guests: Jaakko & Martti Koskenkorva

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Buying & Selling in Finland’s Flea-Markets

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Season 1 Episode 5
I speak to Henna about the significance of the Kirppis in Finland. We attend an event to sell some clothes and I then visit a few other types of Kirpputorit in Seinäjoki to compare & contrast.

Guest: Henna Rantasaari

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Evie Goes to Restaurant Day in Vaasa

Restaurant Day

Season 1 Episode 4
Restaurant Day (Ravintolapäivä) originated in Helsinki, so I travel to nearby Vaasa, with my daughter Evie, to visit some of the pop-up restaurants and speak to some of the restaurant organisers about their experiences.

Guests: Heimo Oksanen, Walter Syö, Malin Holm and Evie Wiltshear

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