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Since the early twentieth century, strong ties have existed between individual citizens of Canada and Finland as a result of immigration, business, educational and cultural exchanges, and tourism. More formal interactions between the two nations occur at the level of diplomatic and other inter-governmental exchanges and in international venues.

As its name suggests, the mission of the Canadian Friends of Finland (Ottawa), or CFF, is to help strengthen and enrich the relations between the two nations at the levels of individuals, and of social, cultural and educational groups. Through the various activities it organises for its members, the CFF provides a network of contacts among Canadians interested in Finland.

The Canadian Friends of Finland (Ottawa) began in 1988 as a branch of Canadian Friends of Finland based in Toronto. In 1993 Canadian Friends of Finland (Ottawa) incorporated as a non-profit charitable corporation under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act.

Swedish Film:  Turist (Force Majeure)

DATE:  Friday, November 28th

TIME:  7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St, Ottawa

TICKETS:  $12 ($8 for seniors, students)

available online and at the door

click here for Film Festival website

Sweden's contribution to the European Film Festival in Ottawa is Turist (Force Majeure).  Directed by Ruben Östlund, it is a drama about family relationships challenged by events.  Premiered in 2014.

A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing.  The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down.  With diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children.  Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life.  The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family's world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular.  Tomas and Ebba's marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch.  A stunning film from a rising directorial star in Swedish cinema, Ruben Östlund.


Canadian Friends of Finland Ottawa

December 2014 


Joulujuhla / Christmas Party


Join us for an enjoyable evening of music, food and celebration!

Admission is $30 for each member and $35 for each non-member.  Children age 12 and under are free.  This is a good time to renew your membership for 2015.  New members joining for 2015 will benefit from the $30 admission fee 

Friday, 5 December 2014
7 to 10 PM
St Bartholomew's Church Hall
125 MacKay St
Ottawa, ON
Free parking on street.

This year the buffet style main course will again be provided by AJ's Catering (AJs website).  It will include ham, boiled potatoes with parsley, mashed turnip, baby carrots, and buns. The price of dinner includes the usual glögg and wine, as well as appetizers and dessert provided by the CFF.

There will also be a bazaar table of gently used items for sale. An opportunity for Christmas shopping!

RSVP's are required for this event because it is catered and we want to make certain that we have sufficient food for all.  Advance payment for the dinner ticket is appreciated as it eases and speeds the line at the door.  We have included a link below for payment through PayPal. You do not have to sign up for PayPal to make a payment by credit card.  See below for RSVP details.  No need to RSVP if you have paid using PayPal, as we will have your name through that payment.

We would love to round out the meal with culinary contributions from our members.  If you are willing to contribute an appetizer, salad, or dessert item to the table please let us know by phone or email.  Save your receipts, and we will reimburse you for the ingredients used.  Thank you for your help in making this a wonderful party! click here to help

We hope to see you all there!  


Connie by phone at 613-489-2474

Connie by email (click here)

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Finnish church service dates for this year:

St Peters Lutheran Church Ottawa

1. Kauneimmat Joululaulut / Christmas Carols Sing-Along
30 Nov 2014 at 3 PM

Tunes are familiar and they will get you in the Christmas mood! Refreshments served after. Everyone is welcome!

2. Joulujumalanpalvelus / Christmas Church Service
14 Dec 2014 at 3 PM
Pastor Matti Terho officiates (and we hope that pastor Jukka Joensuu from Vancouver is able to join him)! Beautiful music throughout the service, angels will also visit! Coffee social afterwards.

All services take place at St. Peter's Lutheran Church 400 Sparks St. Ottawa

Please use the parking lot side entrance. We will lock the door at 3:30 PM and reopen it after the service. Parking is free with a dashboard slip, which you will get from inside by the door.


Finnish School of Ottawa Newsletter and Christmas Party Invitation
OSKUn uutiskirje marraskuu 2014 – OSKU newsletter November 2014

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