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Day 6: You may not remain neutral

“Let’s imagine the German Emperor William the Second had been smart. If this had been the case at the beginning of the 20th century, Europe today would look very different.” This view was described to us by a group of our participants in their final presentation tonight (which at this hour is actually already last night). Malte, Tomek, Martina, Anastasija and Simon spent the six hours ...

Day 5: Not-so-casual Friday

”President Ahtisaari is now going to come and meet you” was a sentence that made our hearts skip a beat or two today when we were visiting the office of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) in Helsinki. During the preceding hour the staff had told us about the work CMI does before, during and after conflicts all around the world but we had no idea that the founder and chairperson of the board of...

Day 4: From zombies to national heroes

Today we kicked our morning off with energizers, as our trip to Ressu upper secondary wasn’t quite as dramatic as our bus ride to Tampere yesterday. After running around playing zombies and toilets for long enough to feel awake and ready for the day, we started the actual programme. First we got to hear about the Finnish Civil War from a Fennoswedish perspective when our alumni Sofia briefly...

Day 3: Tampere – in the garden of Death

Today’s word of the day… death! We visited a mass grave and places of execution as well as stared at the painting The Garden of Death by Hugo Simberg in Tampere Cathedral. To top it off, we even got a brush with death while travelling from Helsinki to Tampere by bus. What we imagine was a stressed businessman talking on his phone tried to change to the bus lane in order to cut off the ...

Day 2: Message from the grave

This morning the breakfast room of the Suomenlinna hostel was filled with 28 more or less tired faces. Some of us had stayed up late celebrating the birthdays of two of our participants, while some of us watched as the newly published blog post disappeared in front of our eyes. We got the first lesson of the day right after we left the hostel: history repeats itself. The ferry to Helsinki city was...

Day 1: Fish hooks, stockings and champagne

Hyvää iltaa from Finland! We are Anna and Sofia, the two EUSTORY alumni that will be in charge of keeping you updated regarding the happenings at the Youth Academy currently taking place here in the historical hotspot of Suomenlinna, just outside of Helsinki. Today we were treated to a late breakfast since the last participants had arrived to the island of Suomenlinna at two in the morning. After ...

Versatile interests, common expectations, room for discussions: On Sunday we start the seminar season 2013

On Sunday, Helsinki will get to welcome 24 young Europeans as its guests for one week. But who are these young people and what do they expect from their stay here? Geographically this group is wide spread, our participants are coming from 11 different European countries, from Southern Spain to Russia, Bulgaria to Sweden. Despite sharing their enthusiasm towards history, the participants are a vers...