Finnish for beginners – a weekday course starting soon

A new Finnish for beginners course by a qualified teacher will begin on Wednesday evenings at the premises of the Finnish Lutheran Church, 143 Brown Street, Heidelberg.keep-calm-and-opi-suomea-2

The course will start on the 31st of May 2017
at 6.30 pm – 7.45 pm.

For more details, please contact:
Tarja Papantoniou, ph. 0413 519 455.



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Finnish forward Anton Kokkonen joins the Melbourne Mustangs for the 2017 ice hockey season

Exciting news for ice hockey enthusiasts and all Melbournian Finns alike – this winter offers a rare chance to see some Finnish talent on local ice as the Finnish forward Anton Kokkonen will be playing for the Melbourne Mustangs, wearing #56. Kokkonen has previously played in the Australian Ice Hockey League in 2014, where he scored 59 points in 25 games and is now looking forward to going all the way to fight for the Cup.

Anton describes himself as a “playmaker type of centre” who creates opportunities for his team mates and wants to “bring a more offensive game on the ice”.

Come and be part of the action yourself at Melbourne Mustang’s next home game this Saturday the May 13th at OBGA Ice Rink in Docklands. For tickets and more information, see Melbourne Mustang’s website – and see you at the Rink!


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Join us for the Finnish Festival on Easter weekend!

Lue tämä postaus suomeksi täältä (read this post in Finnish here).

We are very excited about hosting the 51st Finnish Festival
in Altona in a few days! The Finnish Society of Melbourne team has geared up for the event e.g. by preparing baked goods for sale and getting the Finnish Hall ready with a cleaning bee. The exterior cladding of the sauna is also now done and we will have the sauna at lock-up by Easter. Finnish Festival was also featured in the local Star Weekly newspaper recently.

The Finnish Festival program can be found here (detailed program will be for sale during Easter for $5). The Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony on Friday 14th April at 10 am (after festival church service at 8 am). There are lots of fun events displaying Finnish sports and culture so come along to follow and cheer the competitors (some events are ticketed so please check the program linked above)!

One of the highlights is the Dinner Dance on Saturday evening 15th April. The music is provided by a live band “Twisted Tango” and they will take the festival guests on a musical journey from Elvis to classic tango. To celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence there will also be a food surprise. Finnish chef Jenni Tuominen, who has recently graduated from a top chef school in France (pictured below on the right), comes from Paris to Australia especially for this event and will prepare an 8-course dinner of ‘sapas’ (Finnish style tapas). Tickets are $45 ($40 concession for pensioners and students) and include sapas dinner with a glass of wine and a night of fun. Tickets can still be purchased in advance online (TryBooking) or from the Finnish Hall from Kimmo/ at the door.

Logo of the Australasian Federation of Finnish Societies and Clubs Inc.

At the heart of the Finnish Festival are the sports and culture competitions, each participant representing one of the Australian Finnish clubs. In culture, there are nine events, including folk dancing, singing, humour and drawing competition for kids. Sports events include baseball, cross-country running, mölkky (Finnish throwing game) and volley ball.

Registration for the Festival events has closed apart from the kids’ drawing competition that is still open with the theme “Suomi 100 – Together”. Drawing size is A4 with two age categories: children 8 years and under & children 12 years and under. Please write your name, age, address and the name of your club behind your drawing and send it to the Finnish Hall or bring your drawing with you to the Finnish Festival on Friday the 14th April at the latest. You can search for inspiration from the Suomi 100 website. Winners will be chosen and announced on Sunday the 16th April at the closing ceremony of the Festival by Ambassador Lars Bäckström and Mrs Bäckström from the Embassy of Finland in Canberra.

There are also workshops on folk dancing, children’s baseball and mölkky that everyone can join in and try these traditional Finnish events (no cost, no pre-registration needed). We will receive special Finnish guests as the folk dancing group Hilipakka (pictured below) will join us from Siilinjärvi (eastern Finland). In addition to dancing workshops, Hilipakka will perform to the Festival guests on Easter Friday at 5pm (tickets $10). They have visited Australia also before and are very excited about coming here again!

The Finnish Festival needs volunteers to make this event a success. Thus, if you are still interested in lending a pair of hands in the kitchen, competition timekeeping or elsewhere, please let our festival secretary Anneli know!

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Suomi-Päivät – Finnish Festival 14.-16.4.2017


Perinteinen Australian suomalaisten vuosittainen kokoontuminen, Suomi-Päivät, järjestetään tänä vuonna pääsiäisviikonloppuna Melbournessa. Tapahtumapaikkana on Altonan Suomi-talo ympäristöineen. Ohjelmassa on kisailua sekä urheilun että kulttuurin saralla, hyvää ruokaa, juomaa ja seuraa unohtamatta. Luvassa myös legendaariset kisatanssit!

Rekisteröityminen tapahtumiin on päättynyt golfia ja lasten (alle 12-v.) Suomi 100-aiheista piirustuskisaa lukuunottamatta. Ilmoittautuminen golfiin on avoinna 17.3. saakka. Huom! Piirustuskisaan voi osallistua vielä tuomalla piirustukset Suomi-talolle pe 14.4 mennessä. Katso täältä kisaohjelma ja -lajit! Golfiin ilmoittautumisohjeet löytyvät täältä (englanniksi) ja piirustuskisan yksityiskohdat täältä.

Melbournen Suomi-Seuran jäsenet voivat ilmoittautua Annelille sähköpostitse:

Tiedustelut voi ohjata kisakomitealle:

Puh.joht.: Jori Tossavainen, puh. 0418 383 753 /
Sihteeri: Anneli Jortikka, puh. 0418 524 606 /
Urheilu: Mauri Kankaanpää, puh. 0412 328 607 /
Golf: Matti Pennanen, puh. 0407 777 668 /

Lisätietoa ja päivityksiä kisojen kulusta löydät Suomi-Päivien nettisivuilta ja Facebookista Suomi-Päivien sivulta.


Traditional annual meeting of Finns in Australia, the Finnish Festival, brings together Finns from all over Australia together to compete in sports and cultural competitions, and to enjoy good food, drink and company over the Easter weekend. And don’t miss the legendary dinner dance! The Festival will take place at the Finnish Hall in Altona and its surroundings.

Registration for the Festival events has finished apart from golf (open until 17th March) and the drawing competition for children (under 12 years, open until 14th April – bring the drawings to the Finnish Hall). See preliminary program of the Finnish Festival here! You can find golf registration details here and drawing competition details here.

If you’re a member of the Finnish Society in Melbourne, please contact Anneli to register:

Enquiries can be directed to the Finnish Festival committee:

Chair: Jori Tossavainen, ph. 0418 383 753 /
Secretary: Anneli Jortikka, ph. 0418 524 606 /
Sports: Mauri Kankaanpää, ph. 0412 328 607 /
Golf: Matti Pennanen, ph. 0407 777 668 /

For more information and updates, follow the Finnish Festival website and Facebook page.

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Suomi 100-ohjelma Australiassa/ Finland 100 program in Australia

Suomen suurlähetystö Canberrassa on koonnut yhteen kaikki Suomi 100-juhlavuoden tapahtumat Australiassa: Suomi-Seuran tapahtumat ovat mukana tässä listassa (huom. alla oleva kuva sisältää vain osan juhlavuoden tapahtumista), merkkaa päivät kalenteriisi! Suurimmat tapahtumat Melbournessa ovat Suomi-Päivät, juhannuslounas ja saunan avajaiset, ja Suomen itsenäisyyden 100-vuotisjuhlagaala. Lisätiedot ilmestyvät pää- ja tapahtumasivuillemme.
The Embassy of Finland in Canberra has put together a list of all the events across Australia celebrating Finland’s centenary year of independence (note that the image below includes only some of the events): Our Society events are included in this list, mark those dates in your calendar! The biggest events in Melbourne are the Finnish Festival, Midsummer BBQ and sauna opening as well as the Independence Day Gala Dinner. Details will appear on our opening and events pages.


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February Barbeque at the Finnish Hall is cancelled

We regret to inform that the barbeque event advertised on our 2017 Events Calendar for the 12th of February at the Finnish Hall has been cancelled due to timetable issues.

However, stay tuned for the next big event on the 14th-16th April 2017 when the Finnish Society will be hosting the annual Easter Games in Melbourne! For updates, keep an eye on our Events page and Facebook. See you!

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Happy 99th Independence Day

Today marks the celebration of Finland’s 99th Independence Day. We wish all Finns and Friends of Finland a Happy Independence Day! In the words of our President Sauli Niinistö: “– Each and every Finn has the privilege of celebrating and honouring our country’s independence” and “–Finnishness knows no bounds”. You may read the message here:

Independence Day message from President of the Republic of Finland

The Finnish Society of Melbourne organized a celebration at the Finnish House on Sunday the 4th December. Around 80 people took part in the celebration, starting with Church Service and followed by a Flag Parade, festive music, dancing and speeches.

Everyone joined in on singing the National Anthems of both Finland and Australia, with Minna Ikonen on the piano. Then, appropriately, the Spirit of Finland Choir continued with Finlandia.

President of the Finnish Society of Melbourne Jori Tossavainen welcomed everyone, and Editor of the Finnish Newspaper Risto Söder gave a festive speech. A greeting from the Pentecostal Church was delivered by Auvo Karjalainen. The audience also got to enjoy Reverie by Sibelius on the piano played by Larissa Cox, as well as wonderful performances of the Pentecostal Singers and Spirit of Finland. A truly traditional experience of Finnish dancing was offered by the FSM Folkdance Group before finishing up with a taste of Finland in the form of Afternoon Tea.

The most essential and important part of the Independence Day celebrations, as always,  was honouring the Veterans. This was accompanied by the traditional song Veteraanien Iltahuuto. “The sixth of December is — a mark of respect for all those who have defended and nurtured our independence”, writes the President. We have a lot to be grateful for. Happy Independence Day everyone! 

Photos by: Petri Jokela

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