Arctic Variety opens up Finland as an Arctic country

1.11.2016 12:27

Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017 – 2019 but what makes Finland an Arctic country? Answers to that can be found in a new book “Arctic Variety” published by the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland and Europeinformation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The book gives a voice to everyday actors and daily life of the Arctic in various professions and parts of Finland. Finland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence next year as a happy, proud and understanding Arctic country. The book covers Arctic themes like tourism, design, economy, shipping, education, health care, research and diplomacy by meeting individuals who actually work with these fields.

The authors of the book are Marjo Laukkanen, Science Journalist, and Markku Heikkilä, Head of Science Communications, both from the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland. In 2013, same authors wrote the book “Arctic Calls”, also published by the Europeinformation.

"Arctic Variety" is published in four languages – Finnish, Swedish, North Saami and English – and it can be ordered free of charge via the website of the Europe Information at

The book is available online and it comes with five videos telling about everyday life in the Arctic. The videos can be viewed and the link to the online book can be find at

The book was published at the Helsinki Book Fair, 27th October.

More information:
Marjo Laukkanen, marjo.laukkanen(at), +358 40 484 4296
Markku Heikkilä, markku.heikkila(at), +358 40 484 4300