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The Adventures of Henk: Migration, Music and Sauna

Henk van Leeuwen receiving the Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland (2014) awarded by the Finnish PresidentOur interview series with interesting people connected to Finland and Australia continues with Henk van Leeuwen, a Dutch migrant to Australia (1965) and promoter of Finnish culture and music. He married a Finn in 1969 and has since immersed himself in all things Finnish. You can read our interview with him below. More...

A Finnish-ed Canberra?

One of the drawings by Eliel Saarinen submitted to the competitionAn impressive feat from a Finnish architect within a record 19 days: Eliel Saarinen achieved second place amongst 137 entries in a competition to plan the capital city of Australia, now ranked by the OECD as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Canberra is a beautiful place to live, with its urban areas and green expanses merging together in a textbook balance, but what could Canberra have been, if Eliel Saarinen had finnish-ed first? More...

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