|I want to know the meaning and history of the Croatian girl name Vjosa
||I was consulting a native speaker and a person who is writing a dissertation on Christian names in Croatia and Bulgaria. They both said they never heard the name Vjosa and that it is not a traditional Slavic name. The one who is writing her dissertation was checking in her Christian name books (in Croatian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Swedish, German and Finnish) and she didn´t find that name in any of those books.
In southern Albania there is a river by the name Vjosa. Names of places/rivers have been quite often used as female (usually) Christian names as well. Vjosa is probably used as female name among native Albanians. It is of course possible (if not very common) that an Albanian name has been given to a Croatian girl.
|Chinese history about money
||Some interesting links in Internet about the topic you asked. I hope that these will help you. Please, ask more, if you need more information.
The history of early chinese money:
Coins of Ancient China:
Ancient China to Modern Times:
|I want to know the meaning and history of the Finnish name Helinä.
||Helinä is a popular variation of Helena. It has the same origin as English Helen = Greek Helene, feminine of Helenos "the bright one, shining one".
Finnish writer Santeri Ivalo used Helinä in his historical novel "Juho Vesainen" 1894.
Helinä also means tinkle.
|I would like to have all the information about artist Teemu Mäki´s video art, about killing a cat and the controversy between him and a writer.
I’m sorry that we kept you waiting.
It’s impossible to give a very detailed description of the controversy, which is still widening. The dispute has got plenty of publicity in the media since the end of April.
The newspapers are available in the libraries, but to read them you have to know Finnish or have a translator. So I try to summarize a little bit.
“Sex and death : different forms of violence” by Teemu Mäki is a videofilm from 1988. It includes a section, where the artist kills a stray cat with several blows of an axe. Afterwards he masturbates on the dead body.
In an interview in Hufvudstadsbladet (2004, May, 17) Teemu Mäki says that “the video was a documentary on mindless, inexicable violence, ecological destruction and…
|Kindly let me have a list of books on the contemporary general history and anthropology of Finland, in English. Statistics also is most welcome: as to the…
||Here are a few books where you can find general information about Finland:
- Facts about Finland (several editions)
- Finland. A cultural guide, ed. Pirkko-Liisa Louhenjoki-Schulman – Kaius Hedenström. 2003 Keuruu. Landscapes of Finland. Heikkilä, Tapio- Timonen, Risto. Keuruu 2003. Finland.
- The Northern Experience, New Europe, and the Next Millennium. Helsinki 1999.
- De Vries, André, Live and work in Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Oxford 2002.
There are also a few interesting Internet-sites available http://www.finland.fi/ and http://www.virtualfinland.fi/ .
Statistics Finland publishes Cultural Statistics yearbook. The newest version is from 2001. Please look at the following link: http://tilastokeskus.fi/tk…
|What is the maximum number of loans that can be made online, I stuck at 20.
||You are not allowed to have more than 20 reservations at a time.
For more information on using the library and user regulations:
|What is the maximum number of materials that can be borrowed via internet?
||You may have no more than 40 items on loan at the same time. Of these, 20 can be CD's, 5 video cassettes, 5 DVDs and 5 CD ROMs.
You can renew a loan 5 times(also via Internet) if the material has not been reserved by somebody else.
|I would like to ask if there is a difference between finnish polytechnics and vocational schools.
||Different types of vocational training can be attended after completing the basic education (comprehensive school) whereas the polytechnic schools belong to the upper secondary education options which are attended after the higher school. There is a good diagram about the finnish school system at the following address:
You can read more about the finnish education system in English at various Internet sites. Use Google and the search terms “finnish school system” or “finnish education system”.
|I am looking for biographical information on Gustaf Nybom, a Finnish sea captain, born in Oulu, who became a head of the Alaska Commercial Company in the late…
I could find this information about Gustaf Ferdinand Nybom (Niebaum).
I am sorry, but he was not born in Oulu but in Helsinki on August 30th 1842.
The source of information is NIEBAUM-COPPOLA WINEYARD HOMEPAGE and the adress
I could find another article on the Internet and the adress is:
There is one publication about Niebaum-Coppola Winery.
The title of the book is "A SENCE OF PLACE : AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF THE NIEBAUM-COPPOLA WINERY AND THE NAPA VALLEY" by Steven Koplan and Francis Ford Coppola. Routhledge, 1999. ISBN 0415920043.
I hope, this information makes it possible for you to continue your work…
|Could you provide me with statistics for the number of enquiries handled by the Helsinki Public Library for the years 2001, 2002, 2003?
||Statistics for the number of enquiries handled by the Helsinki City Library for the years 2001, 2002, 2003:
2001: 1 164 629 (3666)
2002: 1 054 046 (5329)
2003: 748 601 (9618)
Parenthetic figures indicate the number of enquiries handled via the Internet.
|What is a hink pink for see-through doe?
||A hink pink for a see-through doe is a clear deer.
|Is there any archival photoalbum about finnish life (before WWII) in the Russian part of Karelia?
||Photos from Karelia befor the Second World War are not hard to find. There are many photos on the Internet, in the museums and in the archives, and there are numerous books on the subject in all public libraries.
The best places for you to go in Helsinki are:
The Karelian Association
The National Board of Antiquities
Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura(The Library of the Finnish Literature Society)
The National Archive
Try these libraries:
the National Library of Finland
the Genealogical Society of Finland http://www.genealogia.fi/sss/indexe.htm
You may however want to specify the…
|Why does the reservation for computerstations not being followed? I always have reservations in one of the computers but everytime that I go someone is using…
||If You have reserved a computer and someone is using it, You can go to him/her and say that You have reserved the computer and now is Your turn to use it.
It often happens that the person who had reserved the previous time uses the computer until the next person comes.
If You still have problems to access the computer You have reserved please approach the library staff.
|I search french text on litterature of the 19e century, on-line and free? Could you help me? Thank you, A. Genest. Y
||I hope I understood your question right: your interest lies on 19th century litterature in generally and you are not looking for texts belonging to French literature only?
The best literature sites in French seem to concentrate on French or francophone literature. It could help me if you defined your question a bit. Are you interested in a special language area or a certain literary movement? What is the level of your studies?
Here are some links for you to start with. I would be glad to answer you again after getting some more details.
Revue d'Histoire du Dix-Neuvième Siècle (périodique en ligne)
- interesting articles on the 19th century literature, from some articles only abstracts
Society of Dix-Neuviémistes
|We have a patron who would like to borrow a book that appears to only be available from a library in Finland. Is it possible to borrow from a library, what…
||You can send an interlibray loan request to Helsinki City Library. Our email-adress is email@example.com . You can pay the loan with IFLA-vouchers or International Coupon Réponse.
Helsinki City Library / Interlibrary loans
Box 4100 00099 THE CITY OF HELSINKI
Phone +358 9 310 85433 Fax +358 9 310 85434
|I'm a student engineer, looking for drawings of transportation devices by Leonardo da Vinci ; do you know where I could find them? Thank you by advance!
||Try these sites on the Internet for Leonardo's drawings:
and Instituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza at http://www.imss.fi.it/indice.html
We also have a cd-rom called "Leonardo the inventor" in the public libraries that might interest you.
|I'm currently doing a research study about the french "roman de Florimont" ; do you know if it's possible to find an on line or edited version of it? Thank you…
||I have searched the Internet and several library catalogues. The French National Library (www.bnf.fr) has a big digital library (gallica.bnf.fr). There are also medieval romances, but, unfortunately, not "Roman de Florimont"). The only version of "Roman de Florimont" practically available seems to be the following edition: Aimon de Varennes, "Florimont: ein altfranzösischer Abenteuerroman; zum ersten Male mit Einleitung, Anmerkungen, Namenverzeichnis und Glossar unter Benutzung der von Alfred Risop gesammelten handschriftlichen Materialen herausgegeben von Alfons Hilka". The book has been published in Göttingen 1932. The text is in French; only the introduction is in German. Several libraries in Europe own the book, so it should be…
|What were the cultural and historical influences on itailan opera around 1700-1800?
||Töölö Library Music Department/Helsinki 30.3.04
All opera stems from Italy - and according to this fact there is a vast variety of books and writings. Your question is very interesting and challenging and I try to give you some ideas where to find the information for your study and also I can outline some characteristics of Italian opera which I found when I looked up to answer your question.
I have mainly used these two:
1) The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Volume 2.
(searchword is "Italy" and you can find very accurate and meticulous articles on different centuries in Italian opera)
-usually this encyclopedia is in bigger libraries which have separate music departments.
2) Digital database in the web:
|I come from Taipei, Taiwan. I am a student learning about department of library and information science and study on the Fu Jen Catholic University. For…
||The Culture and Media Division of the Ministry of Education in Finland maintains the data in the Finnish Public Libraries Statistics Database. The address is
Additional library statistics are to be found on the Statistics Finland webbsite under the address
First click on Finland in figures and then on Culture and the media, and finally on Public libraries. Good luck with your work!
|I'm beginning a thesis on anthropometrical history. Could you help me for my bibliography?
||In Helmet catalogue of Helsinki region public libraries(www.helmet.fi) one can find one work using the search term anthropometry: Sheldon, W. H.: The varieties of human physique : an introduction to constitutional psychology / by W. H. Sheldon with the collaboration of S. S. Stevens and W. B. Tucker,
New York : Harper, 1940. Then there are two more close to the subject: Sheldon, W. H.: The varieties of temperament : a psychology of constitutional differences / by W. H. Sheldon with the collaboration of S. S. Stevens, New York : Harper, 1942; and Kretschmer, Ernst: Körperbau und Charakter : Untersuchungen zum Konstitutionsproblem und zur Lehre von den Temperamenten / von Ernst Kretschmer, Berlin : Springer, 1951. In Linda, the catalogue of…