A few years ago, I happened across a 60 minutes story called “Tango Finlandia”. In this story, they capture the icy reserve of the Finns. To be honest, the Finnish national character is one which I can very much relate to. They are a very private and reserved people, as am I. Also, I venerate Finland as the country which produced one of my favourite composers, Jean Sibelius. Anyhow, someday I am going to visit.
You can see that video by clicking here.
Finland is a very active member of the European Union. The presidency of the European Union rotates every six months among the member countries. For six months, Finland held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Currently, the presidency is held by Cyprus. In 2013, the Presidency will pass to the Republic of Ireland.
During the Finnish presidency, weekly updates of presidency news were given in Latin. Latin, the dead language which gave us Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, and many more Romance languages besides, still is the official language of the Catholic Church. However, in practice, Italian tends to dominate and church documents are generally drafted in modern languages first and then translated into Latin. The Finnish language is a difficult language to master. Perhaps the smallness of the country and the fact that the language is, by and large, only spoken in Finland itself has lead Finns to become excellent language learners.
Not only that, but Finnish Radio has a weekly broadcast of the news in Latin! This week’s broadcast covers the Republican Convention (De conventu Republicanorum), the sentencing of Anders Behring Breivik (Breivik vinculis condemnatus), and the death of Neil Armstrong (Neil Armstrong vita defunctis). You can visit the webpage of Nuntii Latini by clicking here.
If you wish to see the old news in Latin from the Finnish presidency of the EU, you can see that by clicking here.