Our Expat Ambassador

We kicked off the new club year with U.S. Ambassador Charles C. Adams, Jr. speaking to a packed house of new and old AWC members. Ambassador Adams was wonderfully charming and shared many anecdotes about his life and political activism. Having lived abroad for most of his life — first […]



It’s summer – see you in September!

The AWC in Finland is on summer vacation from June-August. Our first meeting of the 2016-207 year will be on September 15. We hope all our members have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you again in the fall. If you’re new to Finland, or just new […]

AGM at the Embassy

In May 2016, the AWC was welcomed back to the U.S. Embassy’s beautiful innovation center for our Annual General Meeting. On a glorious spring day, we listened to the Board report on the club year and snacked on bagels from Brooklyn Bakery. Deputy Chief of Mission Susan Elbow also spoke […]

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Daytrip to Lake Tuusula

In May 2016, a group of 40 members, guests and children enjoyed a bus tour to explore the cultural history of the Lake Tuusula area. At the turn of the 19th century the shores of Lake Tuusula became home to some of the leading cultural figures of the day. The […]

Backstage at the Opera

In April 2016 we took a backstage tour of the Opera House. The building was completed in 1993 and the main auditorium seats more than 1300 persons. In addition to the performance artists — members of the orchestra, chorus, dancers, etc. — the opera employs many skilled technical artists creating […]


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Cultural Diversity

Our April 2016 speaker was Ogechukwu Eneh, an educator and cultural producer at Caisa. Originally from a small village in Nigeria, Eneh earned a master’s degree in Helsinki in the early 1990s. Back then there was very little by way of diversity training in Finland so she began leading multicultural […]

Member Social

In April we held our second casual member social of the club year (the first was in November). Again meeting at a bar in downtown Helsinki, a lively group of members enjoyed wine and conversation for many hours. (Once again, we closed the place down!) While events with speakers and […]

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Finnish Interior Design

In March 2016, we were given a private tour of the Helsinki design studio olo inside by its owner and interior designer Ulla Lange. We had a lively discussion about differences between Finnish and American styles, and learned handy tips on how to use color and lighting to set a […]

Making Finland More International

Our March 2016 speaker was Kristiina Helenius, the CEO of AmCham in Finland, which has over 400 corporate members headquartered in 20 different countries. After a childhood in Finland, Helenius worked as a journalist in Munich, Korea, Paris, Brussels, and Washington, D.C. When she moved back, Helenius noted that she […]

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A Delicious Tour

In February 2016, we took a tour of the Kanniston Leipomo (bakery) in Herttoniemi. We were welcomed by the managing director, who showed us the baking process. New innovations go hand in hand with long traditions at Kanniston. High quality ingredients like Finnish pure grain are used and the baking […]