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News, 6/11/2012

Midsummer Party brings Finland into the heart of New York’s Central Park

LohileivätThe annual party thrown by Finland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the Consulate General of Finland in New York drew hundreds of global guests to celebrate Finnish Midsummer and dance the night away on 7 June. For one evening, the enchanting scenery of Central Park’s Boathouse was turned into a Finnish venue with big bouquets of flowers as well as summer delicacies such as rye bread and raw pickled salmon. We asked the cheerful guests what Finland brings to their minds.


Central Park, Boathouse, laulajatFinnish quartet entertaining the guests.

Angela Kane, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Angela KaneAngela Kane

“Woods, forests! I really like the Finnish countryside. And very good water! It came out of the ground, but it was the most delicious water I have ever tasted. I like the color scheme of the Marimekko table clothes here. It’s like water – smooth, very nice!”


Vladimir Lupan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations

Vladimir LupanVladimir Lupan

“Cold country – warm people! I just returned from Finland. Me and my colleagues had the opportunity to meet with the President and the Minister for Foreign Affairs. We asked very difficult questions, but they had just the right answers. Finnish people have a great attitude.“ 


Kaija SaariahoKaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho, Finnish composer

”The first thing that comes to my mind is the Finnish summer – its fresh green color and light.”


Kazuo Kodama, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

Kazuo KodamaKazuo Kodama

“For the Japanese people Finland is a country of romantic images. My honeymoon trip was a Scandinavian tour. When I got married in 1978, we first flew to Bergen, Norway and then to Helsinki, Finland. The Finnish summer was incredibly beautiful. I have many unforgettable memories!”


Rick Bell, Executive Director, Center for Architecture

Amy Stroud and Rick BellAmy Stroud and Rick Bell

“The first thing that comes to my mind is the Kalevala. Not because of its literary quality, but because it talks about the conjunction of materials, nature and how people live. It also discusses the Finnish peoples’ character. Kalevala is timeless – from the eighteen hundreds till now.” 



Mary Elizabeth Flores, Permanent Representative of Honduras to the United Nations 

Octavio Errazuriz, Eduardo Ulibarri B. and Mary Elizabeth Flores, Octavio Errazuriz, Eduardo Ulibarri B. and Mary Elizabeth FloresOctavio Errazuriz, Eduardo Ulibarri B. and Mary Elizabeth Flores

“I admire Finland’s excellent education system and its schooling methods. I think that the Finnish education system is a great example for the world to see. Education is a very important issue here at the United Nations.”



Marcy and Jim McLayMarcy and Jim McLay

Jim and Marcy McLay, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations and his wife

“Formula drivers! There are many really good Finnish professional drivers like Keke Rosberg and his son. Midnight sun and the aurora borealis!”

The danceThis was the third time Finnish Midsummer was celebrated at the Boathouse in Central Park. The party was hosted by Finland’s Permanent Representative Jarmo Viinanen and Mrs. Irmeli Viinanen as well as Consul General Ritva Jolkkonen. The Midsummer Party was made possible with generous support from the Finnish companies Vaisala, Wärtsilä, Nokia, Cargotec, Fazer and Marimekko


Central Park, Boathouse, järvi

Photos: Ilya Popenko / Inna Perheentupa


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