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by Euro Reporter
2008-04-09 08:07:02
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Mikael Agricola's Day, Finnish Language Day

Today, 9th of April Finland celebrates the Finnish language day to honour Mikael Agricola the man who first to use written Finnish language.ovi magazine

Mikael Agricola (c. 1510 – April 9, 1557) a Finnish clergyman who became de facto founder of written Finnish and one of the prominent proponents of the Protestant Reformation in Sweden-Finland. He is often called "the father of Finnish written language." Agricola was consecrated as the bishop of Turku in 1554 without papal approval. As a result, he began a reform of the Finnish church along Lutheran lines. He translated the New Testament, the prayer book, hymns, and the mass into Finnish, and through this work set the rules of orthography that are the basis of modern Finnish spelling. His thoroughgoing work is particularly remarkable in that he accomplished it in only three years. He died suddenly on a return trip from negotiating a treaty with the Russians.

Agricola had thought about translating the New Testament in his early years of studying. At the time, however, there was no standard written form of Finnish. He started developing it. His first book, "Abckiria" was a primer for reading and a catechism, and it was first time printed in 1543. The catechism was included because only very few people could afford the whole Bible at the time. The first print contained 16 pages. There was a second print released in 1551 with 24 pages.

Agricola's most prominent book is Se Wsi Testamenti, the first Finnish-language translation of the New Testament. The manuscript was completed in 1548. It contains 718 pages and many illustrations.


ovi_finn002Nokia to Fund a Social Plan for Bochum Workers

Nokia has agreed to fund a 200 million euro social package to aid workers who will soon be out of a job in Bochum, Germany. Nokia will officially close its mobile phone factory in Bochum on June 30th.

The terms of the programme came after long negotiations. Nokia had previously offered 70 million Euros for the entire package. The human face of one of the most profitable companies worldwide.


Don't Punish Women for Having Children

Finland's Labor Minister Tarja Cronberg said women who have children should not be punished with lower salaries. Women who stay home with their children for two or more years may earn up to 19 percent less than women without kids.

Cronberg pointed out that society needs children. She suggested that parental leave be refashioned so that time away from work is divided equally. Cronberg added that Finland should implement a radical family leave model in which both parents are allotted parental leave, but cannot relinquish their time at home to the other parent. She said such a model would strengthen fathers' rights to be with their children and divide family leave more equally. According to Cronberg, it would also likely improve mothers' salaries.

A brave stand and very true words from the Labor Minister.

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