Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations by Visiting 100 Places / May 2019

100 Places / May trip report (© State Dept.)

To commemorate the anniversary year of the U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations, the U.S. Embassy Finland is taking on a challenge. By the end of 2019, our American diplomats and friends of the Embassy community will try to visit 100 places in Finland. Can we do it? Follow along as we journey through Finland to celebrate the special relationship between these two countries. More information about the anniversary year available on our web page Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations in 2019.

May 4. Arctic Circle: Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor and Public Affairs Officer T.J. Grubisha visited the Arctic Circle, north of Rovaniemi, just days before the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council. (31/100)

May 4. Rovaniemi: Ambassador and Mrs. Pence visited Korundi, Rovaniemi Art Museum, with Director Hilkka Liikkanen and Collections Curator Riitta Kuusikko. (32/100)

May 4. Rovaniemi: Public Affairs Officer T.J. Grubisha and Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor visited the Roosevelt Cabin in Rovaniemi. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited Rovaniemi in 1950. The cabin was constructed to celebrate the occasion. (33/100)

Mikkeli Päämajamuseo (34/100) (© State Dept.)
Mikkeli Päämajamuseo (34/100) (© State Dept.)

May 19. Mikkeli: Political-Economic Affairs Section Chief Shawn Waddoups and his family did a little tour around Finland in May 2019. The start of the adventure was Päämajamuseo in Mikkeli. “Humbling to think what a difference the decisions made within these walls made for Finland then, and now for the world.” (34/100)

May 20. Seinävuoren rotkolaakso: The Waddoups’ family tour continued to the dramatic Seinävuoren Rotkolaakso outside Tuusniemi. Short but sometimes tricky 2 km path takes you all the way around. (35/100)

May 21. Kuopio: The Waddoups’ family enjoyed a fun day in Kuopio at the Puijo tower, at the waterfront, in the kauppahalli, listening to great young musicians in the square while eating pulla, at the Kortellimuseo, and out around Satamakatu. (36/100)

Kuopio kauppahalli (36/100) (© State Dept.)
Kuopio kauppahalli (36/100) (© State Dept.)

May 21. Mustinlahti: The best of Finland. The Waddoups’ family rented a mökki in Mustinlahti, near Vehmersalmi between Kuopio and Joensuu. (37/100)

May 22. Valamo Monastery: The Waddoups’ family visited Uusi-Valamo at the Orthodox monastery. (38/100)

May 22. Koli: At long last, the Waddoups’ family made it to Koli. “Even with the mist hiding the highest views, you could feel the essence of the place.” (39/100)

May 24. Turku: Colonel Keith Felter from the Defense Attaché Office and Mrs. Felter visited the “Nuku Rauhassa” event in Turku. The “Sleep Easy” project seeks to increase general awareness of overall security and motivate citizens to engage in security efforts. While in Turku, the Felters learned about the history of Turku and the cooperation between the City of Turku authorities with defense, border guard, and rescue organizations. (40/100)

Iittala (41/100) (© State Dept.)
Iittala (41/100) (© State Dept.)

May 25. Iittala: Management Officer Lisa Ficek, and Consul Jeremy Wisemiller visited the Iittala Glass Factory in Iittala. The factory, which offers tours and includes a glass museum, gift shop, and other attractions has been in operation since 1881. (41/100)

May 25. Nuutajärvi: Fulbright Fellow Jonathan Capps met with Management Officer Lisa Ficek and Consul Jeremy Wisemiller at the Lasikoulu Tavastia (Glass School Tavastia) a part of the Nuutajärvi Glass Village. Jonathan is working with the Nuutajärvi Glass Village Cultural Foundation researching Finnish glass tradition and working on collaborative projects. (42/100)

May 26. Turku: The Waddoups’ family Finland tour ended up in Turku and visiting St. Michael’s Church. (43/100)

Seinävuoren rotkolaakso (35/100) (© State Dept.)
Seinävuoren rotkolaakso (35/100) (© State Dept.)
Valamo Monastery (38/100) (© State Dept.)
Valamo Monastery (38/100) (© State Dept.)
St. Michael’s Church in Turku (43/100) (© State Dept.)
St. Michael’s Church in Turku (43/100) (© State Dept.)
Nuutajärvi (42/100) (© State Dept.)
Nuutajärvi (42/100) (© State Dept.)
Koli (39/100) (© State Dept.)
Koli (39/100) (© State Dept.)