H.E. Mr. Pertti IKONEN
C U R R I C U L U M V I T A E
Family Name: IKONEN
First Name: Pertti
Date of Birth: 28 November 1959
Marital Status: Married to Ms. Pia-Susanna Purra
Daughter and Son
Education: LL.M, Helsinki University, 1988
2010 – Ambassador for Aid for Trade, Information Society
Department for Development Policy
Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA)
2005 – 2010 Minister Councellor, Deputy Head of Mission
Embassy of Finland, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002 – 2004 Director
Division for Non-Governmental Organizations
Department for Development Policy, MFA
2001 – 2002 Special Adviser to the Under-Secretary of State
1997 – 2001 Counsellor
Embassy of Finland, Tallinn, Estonia
1995 – 1997 Deputy Head of Mission, First Secretary
Embassy of Finland, Caracas, Venezuela
1995 Second Secretary
Political Department, MFA
1993 – 1995 Senior Programme Officer
Unit for International Financial Institutions, MFA
1991 – 1993 Programme Officer
Division for Non-Governmental Organizations, MFA
1989 – 1991 Lawyer
Division for Agriculture and Forestry,
Department for Development Co-operation, MFA
Languages: Finnish: mother tongue
Swedish, English: fluent
Danish, Spanish: very good
French, German, Estonian: good
Personal Interest: arts, photography, summer-house life, skiing
Day of Finnish Culture marked in Belgrade
The Embassy of Finland in Belgrade together with the Serbian Finnish Association-SEURA and publishing company Odiseja marked the Kalevala Day – the Day of Finnish Culture -on Sunday, February 28 at the UK Parobrod.
There was not a single empty chair in the room when the audience enjoyed a unique programme prepared in synergy of the Finnish cultural devotees, who are working on the promotion of Finnish culture and literature in Serbia.
Ambassador Pertti Ikonen gave his welcoming speech in Finnish stressing the importance and significance of the Finnish national epic Kalevala to the Finnish culture.
Publishing company Odiseja promoted the third novel of Arto Paasilinna translated into Serbian. “The Year of the Hare” ( Jäniksen vuosi, 1975) by Paasilinna was published last year and translated into Serbian by late Mr. Čedomir Cvetković, a translator of Finnish literature and founder of SEURA. Arto Paasilinna, one of the most successful novelists of Finland, is best known for this novel, which has been translated into forty languages. The novel has won three international prizes and it was adapted twice into a feature film. In 1994, it was included in UNESCO’s collection of representative works.
The editors at the Odiseja Ms. Marija Vukosavljević and Ms. Spomenka Krajčević introduced the audience with the main character of Paasilinna’s most popular novel – Kaarlo Vatanen, a middle-aged journalist, who abruptly decides to leave his job, wife and home for whatever awaits him with his new companion – the hare. The picaresque and comic novel follows the adventure of Vatanen and his hare, while his own dissatisfaction with his former urban lifestyle becomes ever more evident.
Mr. Dimitrije Crnić, a SEURA member, talked about Kalevala, a national epic of Finland and one of the most important works of Finnish literature, compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Finnish and Karelian folklore in the 19th century. Lönnrot published the first version of The Kalevala on February 28, 1835. The anniversary of this event was declared an official day for celebrating Finnish culture. It is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature, which was translated into forty-nine languages. The Kalevala made a significant contribution to the development of the Finnish national identity and these processes in the Finnish society eventually led to the adoption of the Finnish declaration of independence in 1917. Finland will celebrate its 100th anniversary of independence next year. SEURA students of Finnish language read some Kalevala verses in Finnish and in the Serbian translation done by Mr. Ivan Šajković in 1935.
SEURA’s choir enriched the evening with some melodies of Kalevala and Finnish folklore songs. The progamme was concluded with Finlandia Hymn, written by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, which represents one of the most important national songs of Finland.