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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Nanoq artic Museum

The fourth day of our staying in Pietarsaari, we went to the Arctic Museum Nanoq which was situated in Fäboda. It was created between years 1956 and 1983 by a man called Pentti Kronqvist who had participated in several journeys and expeditions to the Arctic.
Nowadays, it is a very popular museum as it gets over 10,000 visitors from all over the world every year. It is very special because it shows the life and culture from the Arctic which is something very unusual for someone from a Mediterranean country as it is Spain.

Although the freezing weather we had that day, it really worth it.
Raquel Ruiz


The day we visited Helsinki, we had the luck of visiting an incredible fortress called Suomenlinna which was situated in six islands. It started to be built by the Swedish the year 1748 in order to defence from the Russian Empire but, in the end, it was conquered in 1809.
Nowadays, some people live and work there and it is a very touristic place as it belongs to the Unesco Heritage. For getting there from the city, the is a ferry that breaks the frozen sea into pieces so that it can go through it.

As in all the things we have visited in this journey, Soumenlinna was a wonderful place that inspired a feeling of relaxation while you were having a walk. Moreover, the views were breathtaking. (It can be seen in the photos)
Raquel Ruiz 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Merilla is a fabulous place to spend ones leisure time. Fresh air, a picturesque pine forest with rocks, scattered everywhere, the sea make you feel a part of nature.

 We really appreciated winter activities such as ice-fishing, grilling and eating sausages outdoors and sitting inside the wooden house near the fireplace, enjoying the warm tea on such a cold day.

        Stasė Mišarina


Oravais is famous for its historical battle which  was a critical event during the Finnsh 1808–09 between Russia and Sweden, and took place on September 14, 1808. The Russian troops won the battle, which became the turning point in the war. After the defeat of Sweden in the war, Finland became a Grand Dutchy under Russia.

The evening spent in Oravais was unforgettable. We found out a lot of interesting things about the history of the area, the way of life at the beginning of the 19th century, tasted authentic cuisine of that period. Stories told by the officer and the chef were extremely exciting and informative.

                                                                                           Stasė Mišarina                                                                  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Arctic museum Nanoq

11.)     Museum presents Arctic art, life and culture, stretching from Siberia to Greenland and including expeditions to the North Pole and the South Pole.
22.)     Pentti Kronqvist (born 1938) is the creator of the Nanoq Museum. He has participated in several journeys and expeditions to the Arctic, there among Greenland, Svalbard and Spitzbergen and the Russian Ice Sea coast.
33.)     Pentti Kronqvist built eight cottages in Fäboda between years 1956 and 1983. The first house he built the Bear's Lair (Björnidet). People became interested in this unique village in the middle of the forest, and soon it was a popular attraction. Now Nanoq gets 8,000 - 10,000 visitors from all over the world.
4)     With the help of donations and voluntary work, the museum opened its doors in May 1991, after thousands of hours of work. Today there are seven more buildings in the area in addition to the main building and the Bear's Lair, built over the years. 
5)     Arctic museum in Nanoq is unique because it’s always more interesting to hear the real story. Tours through the museum are guided by experienced people who love their job. Every minute you feel respect for them and their experiences, memories and stories they have brought from expeditions. It was really impressive to meet them!

Justina Mieldažytė

Museum of Pietarsaari

11.)     Museum of Pietarsaari was founded in 1904 and has been a municipal museum since 1908.
22.)     Museum represents town’s shipping history, the history of the Malm family, local history of the town and its people, as well buildings located in Jakobstad.
33.)     At the museum you can visit a ship owner’s office from the late 18th-century. The most important unit of the museum is the Malm House with outbuildings. It was built by storekeeper Peter Malm.
) 4.) The collections of objects, photographs, art and textiles relate the maritime history and trading traditions of the town. Exhibition includes furnished staff house, a farmhouse and a tackle chamber with seafaring exhibition. There is also a gift shop in the museum.                  Justina Mieldažytė                                                                                                                                                                              


The Arctic museum Nanoq

1. The Arctic museum Nanoq is situated in Fäboda, 7 km from the city center of Pietarsaari, Finland .
2. Museum.
3. Pentti Kronqvist built eight cottages in Fäboda between years 1956 and 1983. The building project began in 1988 by the newly founded association Nanuk r.f. With the help of donations and voluntary work, the museum opened its doors in May 1991, after thousands of hours of work.
4. The museum presents Arctic art, life and culture, stretching from Siberia to Greenland and including expeditions to the North Pole and the South Pole.  Nanoq is Finland’s first arctic museum.
5. Every year Nanoq gets 8,000 - 10,000 visitors from all over the world.
6. It was first  Arctic museum, wherein I have visited.
7.  It was very interesting to find out about  the Arctic history, life and culture.

Saulius Brazauskas

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Museum in Pietarsaari

1-    Museum in Pietarsaari
2-    History of Jacobstad
3-    The museum was founded in 1904, but worked as a private museum until 1906. It is a historic museum which is concentrated on maritime and ship building. The main building of the museum is called Malmska gården.
4-  5-6-7. The second day of our experience in Finland, we went to visit the Museum in Pietarsaari, in which two women explained to us the history of the city and they showed us some photos of the most important people who lived there.
On June 19, 1652 Queen Christina of Sweden agreed to the Income Jacob de la Gardie the right to found a city in the parish Pedersöre. Unfortunately he died shortly after signing this right, but his widow ordered a plan for the city which was called the city Jakobstad.
The economic foundation was laid in the middle of the 18th century, with tar manufacturing and tobacco packaging at its centre. Trade started to develop rapidly in Jakobstad as of 1765, when the cities along the Finnish shore of the Gulf of Bothnia were granted privileges by the Swedish crown to trade directly with foreign countries. This also led to shipbuilding becoming a major activity in Jakobstad. The first ships to sail with goods to foreign countries were the galeas Jacobstads Wapen and the brig Enigheten. The first Finnish ship to sail to the East Indies was the frigate Concordia (1782-1785), the first ship on the Baltic Sea was the brig Ann Charlotte (1838) and the first ship to circumnavigate the world was called Hercules (1844 - 1848).
I was so surprised about the history of Jacobstad and the new instruments of navigation used by Finnish sailors at that time.  The ships were big for the economy increment of the city and they had the Russian flag, this is because Finland was under the control of the Russians.
It was an interesting visit, because all of us coming from the other countries could know what happened there lots of years ago.

          SARA MOHAMED

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

House of the States (Säätytalo) in Helsinki.

   1       1- House of the States (Säätytalo)
 2         2- Historical building opposite the Bank                    of Helsinki                     
            3- It was built in 1891 by Gustaf Nyström
 4-       4- It is a neo-renaissance building.
 5. It was the place where the three commoner states of the four statements (clergy, bourgeoisie and agricultural owners) were hoisted. In 1906 this statements were superseded by a unicameral parliament. Nowadays it houses sporadic governmental meetings, post electoral coalitions, the sessions of the High Court of Impeachment and scientific or university.

6-It is a typical governmental place and it is also common in Spain.

7. I like the building for its decorations and its dimensions.

Victor Fuente

Merilä ice fishing

Ice fishing.

All the Comenius students took a bus to Merilä, a village next to the sea. We shared lunch and after that we had the chance of walking on the Baltic Sea, which was frozen. We walked for 5 minutes more or less and two fisher men that came with us showed us how to make a hole in the sea, in order to fish though we didn’t fish anything. It was a new and very funny experience; we all have so much fun.
Noelia García

Monday, February 17, 2014

Helsinki’s Cathedral

Helsinki’s Cathedral is the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki. The church was originally built from 1830-1852 as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland, Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. The building belongs to the neoclassical style and it reminds the old Roman “Domus”.
Noelia García

Faith, Hope and Charity in Pietarsaari

1-Faith, Hope and Charity in Pietarsaari.
2-It is a sailor symbol with a cross, an anchor and a heart than represent faith, hope and charity respectively.
3-Exactly when the symbol was first considered as a sailors-symbol is hard to estimate, but there are many theories proving, that it had long been popular with seafarers.
4-Often the anchor, the cross and the heart were carved or painted on sailor's trunks. They were also popular motives to get tattooed on oneself.
5-symbol is hanged in the streets by Christmas time.
6-It is a original symbol and it is very important for the people who live in Pietarsaari.
7-The symbol has an interesting meaning and I think it is a very special way to represent the past of the village.
Victor Fuentes

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pedersöre Church

Pedersöre Church, built of  stone,  is one of the oldest churches in the area. It dates back to 13th century. During its history, the look of the church has varied a lot. 
Szabó Adriana

The Old Harbour

Pietarsaari  was founded at The Old Harbour of the parish Pedersöre. This name lives on in the Finnish name of the town which means Peter’s Island.

Pietarsaari Church

Pietarsaari Church is a Lutheran church. It was constructed in 1731 by Johan Knubb. The church has been built on the same place, where the first church in town was located before it was burned down by Russians in 1714.  


Merilä a beautiful place on the seashore where you can try ice fishing or just stroll, breath the fresh air and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Pietarsaaren Lukio

Pietarsaaren Lukio a General Secondary School with aproximately 120 students and 15 teachers. They have been enjoying work in their new building for a year now. Well-equipped classrooms, spacious library, comfortable areas for learning and socializing. 
Szabó Adriana

Restaurant Ädelbragd

Restaurant Ädelbragd where you can taste and enjoy food from the 1800s prepared according to hitoric recipes. During dinner “ the Captain” will entertain you telling about history and war. After dinner you can climb to the attic, where in a small museum you can see the model of the Battle of Oravais and get more detailed information about the event.
Szabó Adriana

Strengberg's old tobacco factory

Strengberg's old tobacco factory was one of the largest and most successful tobacco firms in Finland, situated in the town Jakobstad. The factory, founded in 1762, was closed down in 1998. The clock ball is the symbol of the city of Jakobstad.

Kovácsné Sütő Irma


Skata is the old part of Pietarsaari, with narrow streets and wooden houses. There are about 450 houses, some of them dating from the 1700s. It is a silent area, excellent for walking and admiring the beautiful buildings.

Comenius Finland

I'm Tom, from the Mechatronika Secodary School. I had the great opportunity to go to Finland in January, which journey wouldn’t have happened without the Comenius programme, and of course the hard work from my teachers’ part, especially Adriana, who is kind of the heart of the story in Hungary. At first, we were a bit worried about the freezing cold, since it is one of the most obvious facts about the countries of the north. Our journey to Finland was exemplary, the first plane took off to Helsinki in time, as well as the other plane did from Helsinki to Kokkola. When we arrived, Tiina, a teacher from the Finnish partner-school and Mr. Hannu Sulkakoski, the Headmaster himself, were waiting for us.
It was nice to feel that we left our problems behind in Hungary, although, those days have their nice parts too. The Finnish teachers took us to the town named Pietarsaari in Finnish, Jakobstad in Swedish. It would be obvious to call a Finnish town on its Finnish name, and from my part, I still call it Pietarsaari, since it’s in Finland, but in this town, half of the community is Finnish and the other half is Swedish, so it’s not that obvious anymore. Back to the point, our hosts were there, when our car stopped. It was nice to see them again. Later that night, we went to the cinema, which I enjoyed so much, because the film was English with Finnish subtitle. I would appreciate the same in Hungary. It’s a great way to practice the language.
Each country prepared detailed presentations about the students’ participation in school and community. It was interesting to see that it doesn’t matter where you are from, teenagers do more or less the same things.
 In Finland, we had the opportunity to try ice-swimming. At first I was questioning it, if it’s a great idea for me to do, but after all, I tried it, and it was a wonderful experience, and feeling of course.
 We visited a place where they collect the trash, and they do the recycling, too. Finland has a very smart way to do the recycling. Of course, they have the modern technology, to make it easier, but other countries could „steal” some great and cheap ideas.
We went to see, how exactly ice-fishing works, and also visited Nanoq Museum, which enlarged our knowledge about northern culture. All these programmes were memorable, and we won’t forget the parties organized by the Finnish students either. Here I would like to thank Ella and her family for being so nice to me. It was a wonderful week, experience, I am glad I could participate. Keep going, Comenius!

Tamás Mészáros

Comenius meeting in Finland

I had the pleasure of travelling to Pietarsaari, Finland to meet those I got to know at our earlier meeting in Hungary and to make new friends with interesting people.
We left on Monday morning, had a nice flight to Helsinki and then to Kokkola. From Kokkola Airport one of the Finnish teachers took us by car to the hotel, where we met our hosts. I think we all were really happy to see each other. Because we were the first guests to arrive in Finland, we Hungarians and our kind hosts got to know each other better by spending that evening and
Tuesday together. I got to see my host’s hometown and his family, who were really friendly and I immediately felt at home in their house.
We had a school tour on Wednesday and gave presentations to all the other students. Later that day we visited a waste disposal facility. In the evening students from the participating countries taught each other a national dance, and we also shared a meal at a nice restaurant. I had lots of fun that day, and met very nice people.
On Tuesday the local youth council and the student committee in the school talked to us about their work, and we visited the Museum of Pietarsaari. In the afternoon we could skate and ski, and later tried out traditional Finnish sauna and ice swimming. It was an interesting experience, and I think if one has the chance to visit Finland, they should definitely try this.
On Friday we went to the Arctic Museum in Nanoq, and saw ice fishermen in Merilä. In the evening we had a party with all students from the project, and even though we left early next morning, I got to know things unique to Finland, Finnish people and had fun together with girls and guys from all over Europe.
 I hope I will be able to see these people again.

György Martinecz

Comenius Finland

It was a beautiful experience for me to explore the cold country. We arrived first, so we had one more day to discover Pietarsaari. The school was a little bit different from ours, different rules, a bigger building. The programme of the week was very interesting.We had presentations  about students’ participation in the  school and community,we went out to try ice skating,hockey and skiing,we went to Nanoq Museum which is specialized in the artic culture,and  we also tried ice fishing and the typical Finnish ice swimming and sauna.

We had the chance to see the nightlife in Finland.We had a meeting in Evelina’s house with all the members of the project,and we spent some time in Ella’s home.
I want to thank my host Noora and her family, who were so helpful and friendly. I think there are more visits to come ,it’s a never ending story.

Csaba Lesták

Nanoq Museum

Nanoq Museum consists of 18 buildings of different style and function. What they have in common are the techniques and materials used in the arctic areas: a peat house from Northern Greenland, a hunter´s cabin from Spitsbergen and a gold miner’s camp from Lapland, a commander’s bunker, and a church. You can also see equipment from expeditions to the Arctic, hunting and trapping equipment, soapstone statues made by the Inuit people of Arctic Canada.

Campus Allegro

Campus Allegro, a centre for studies, business and culture. It is unusual because it contains buildings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries all joined together under a glass ceiling.

It offers possibilities for many events: exhibitions, concerts, conferences. It houses the Novia University of Applied Sciences, Centria University of Applied Sciences, Music School, Schauman Hall and Gallery.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


2Outdoor activities
3 Camping area‎ right opposite the Baltic sea
4;5;6;7 In  Merilä we walked on the ice ocean at the temperature of -20 degrees with a cold wind. With a special equipment we did some holes in the ice and we tried to fish. After that we met in a group around a fire place where we roasted sausages on the fire and then we ate them. It was a wonderful experience because we could enjoy a gorgeous landscape while it was  slowly snowing, and we could stay together having fun around a warm fire.
Even if it was really cold, we could feel comfortable and relaxed.
     Giulia Marzocchella