November 29, 1987 |
Winter adventure holidays, with activities that range from skiing to driving a reindeer sled, are available in Finland. Ski weeks at Vuokatti cross-country ski center near Kajaani cost $502 to $625 for the flight from Helsinki, accommodations, two meals a day, lessons, guided ski treks and saunas. A ski tour in eastern Finland, covering up to 28 miles a day, lasts a week and costs $580 for flights within Finland, accommodations in hotels, cottages, huts and farmhouses, three meals a day, guides and saunas.
February 25, 2006 |
The Finns are playing as a team, not as selfish stars, in an Olympics where they have eliminated all the big countries and many of hockey's big names. Saku Koivu and Ville Peltonen each scored a goal and set up another as Finland beat Russia, 4-0, in the men's semifinals last night, setting up an all-Nordic gold-medal game with neighboring Sweden. The Swedes eliminated the world champion Czech Republic, 7-3, in the other semifinal. Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki, supposedly only the third-best goalie on Finland's roster has become one of the surprise stars of these Winter Games.
February 19, 1998 |
This one was supposed to be a laugher, a sure ticket to the semifinals as a reward for the Canadian men's hockey team winning its round-robin group. And when Joe Nieuwendyk and Shayne Corson scored within the first 2 minutes, 13 seconds of Canada's quarterfinal game against Kazakstan yesterday at Big Hat, that notion was only reinforced. But when Kazakstan forward Konstantin Shafranov blasted a shot off the arm of goaltender Patrick Roy to cut Canada's lead to 2-1 at 3:46 of the first period, the Canadians suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves in a tight game.
October 25, 1989 |
When Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrives in Finland today, it will be the first official state visit by a Soviet leader in more than three decades, but Finns will be almost as interested in another member of his entourage. He is Vaino Valjas, the Communist Party leader of Estonia, the tiny Baltic republic that has become a paradigm of perestroika while it seeks to gain political and economic independence from Moscow. Finland is bound to Estonia by language and history, and there is increasing pressure on the Finnish government - from both Finns and Estonians - to help the Soviet republic break out of the Kremlin orbit.
March 11, 1990 |
Finland will commemorate a memorable event in its history with two stamps recalling the 50th anniversary of the end of the Winter War with the Soviet Union. The outnumbered Finns lost the war and some territory, but their plucky resistance to a superior invader won worldwide admiration and assistance. Several countries sent volunteers to fight with the Finns. The two stamps, both 2 markka in value, will be issued Tuesday, the actual anniversary date of the war's end. One stamp commemorates the end of the war with a design of a single crystal merging into a field of snow amid dying flames.
May 13, 2006 |
Led by Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki, Finland blanked the United States, 4-0, last night to stay unbeaten at the hockey world championships in Riga, Latvia, while Olympic champion Sweden also closed in on a quarterfinal spot by beating Belarus, 4-1. With the win, Finland moved to second place in the Group E standings with five points, one behind idle Canada. The Czech Republic, which beat Norway 3-1 earlier, is third with four points. The United States is fourth with two points.
September 12, 2004 |
The new teaching technique of "concept mapping" will take Roy B. Clariana to Finland this winter. An associate professor of instructional systems at Penn State Great Valley, Clariana has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching and Research Award to support his work. Concept mapping is a way of linking ideas on a computer screen to organize them and to see how they interact with each other, Clariana said. Students can use concept mapping to help them organize ideas into clusters, much like old-fashioned paper-and-pencil outlines.
February 15, 1994 |
It wasn't just a loss. It wasn't just a rout. It was a shutout. The Russians - heirs to the dominant Soviet hockey machine - didn't even score. Finland stunned top-seeded Russia, 5-0, last night and emerged as a legitimate Olympic gold-medal contender after being seeded seventh. Russia remains in the running, but no longer is the team to beat. Russian assistant coach Igor Dmitriev called the 5-0 romp embarrassing. Asked the reaction of Viktor Tikhonov, coaching his fifth straight Olympics, Dmitriev said, it would take a while to determine that.
October 30, 1987 |
The thank-you was a long time coming. Forty years ago, Quaker philosopher Douglas V. Steere persuaded the American Friends Service Committee to undertake a relief program in Finland, a nation that had been devastated by World War II. The relief efforts sent food and clothing to Finnish children in the grim months after the war, helped rebuild Finnish homes, and helped resettle Finns living in a portion of the country annexed by the Soviet...
October 26, 1989 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev last night acknowledged the neutrality of Finland, something no Soviet leader had done. Ending the first day of his three-day state visit with a dinner toast in the sumptuous Gothic Room of the Presidential Palace, Gorbachev told President Mauno Koivisto: "I want to greet neutral Finland. " Those six words effectively revised a 1948 agreement that bound Finland to certain military obligations in the event of an attack directed at the Soviet Union.