|I went to the Seurassaren Joulupolku yesterday. There were straw bundles on the trees, and animal shapes made of straw on the ground. What are their names in…
||The bundle made of straw is called 'lyhde' or 'olkilyhde' in Finnish. It is traditionally for feeding birds in winter. For example in this website you can see a picture of olkilyhde:
The animal shape is typically a billy coat and it is called 'olkipukki'. It is a traditional Finnish Christmas decoration and is still popular in many homes.
Some information about traditional Finnish christmas for example in this website:
Information about The Seurasaari Christmas Path (Joulupolku) in English you can see here:
|How looks the age distribution of the Ask A Librarian users?
||There is no study about the age distribution of our users, the only knowledge about it relies on a questionnaire we made last year. The people who answered our questionnaire, where
under 18 years 14%
over 65 6%
This tells off course firstly about who answers questionnaires, but also something about our users. As you can see the age distribution is quite even, whe have people asking questions from every age group.
The is a power-point about the questionnaire, but it is in Finnish. It can be found under this page, which tells about our national meeting day http://www.kirjastot.fi/Page/15c00449-390e-4489-ba31-b9f49ab0e267.aspx , questionnaire slides http://www.kirjastot.fi/File/33c525c4-72ee-4e...st%c3%…
|What is the reason for learning classic literature today?
||There is no simple way to explain why one should read classical literature. Indeed, the knowledge of classical literature is useful in more ways than one. Here are a couple of points worth pondering.
First of all, we have to make a distinction between classical literature and the so called classics, the former pertaining to ancient Greek and Roman literature in all its forms and later literature such as, for example, 18th and 19th century world literature.
Let us assume that the question concerns European heritage. So in the following, we refer with classical literature refers mainly to the great masterpieces of the Greek and Roman civilizations. However, we have to remember that both Greeks and Romans owed much to the preceding Egyptian…
|How many School has its own school library? Also, I heard about there are some public libraries which are in School buildings. How many of them are there in…
||General information on school libraries in Finland, including budgets, pedagogics and administration, can be found at
You may also find below link intresting
There is an organization for school libraries and you find it useful to contact the at
Finnish School Library Association
|I want to know a country which has 4 seasons.
||Countries in temperate zones of the southern and northern hemispheres have four seasons. For example Finland and all Scandinavian countries, as well as other European countries. Generally in temperate and polar regions those seasons are recognized as spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Discussion on the subject in Yahoo! Answears -service
|I know the story about Seija Mattsson from Ola Tungesvik whom I met in Jan.2003 in Tenerife where I spent my vacation. I tried to find English versions of all…
||Ola Tungesviks book about Seija Mattsson was originally written in Norwegian ( Om jeg får vaere lykkelig…). The book has been translated to Finnish by the name Jos vain saan olla onnellinen…: tosi kertomus rakkaudesta by Tarja Teva 1999. Finnish Swede writer Gunnar Mattsson has also written about his wife Seija Mattsson (Prinsessan, 1965), and that book has been translated to English by the name The Princess.
|Do you have a national chat-service in the library in Finland?
||We are planning a national library chat-service, but it has'nt been published yet. At present we have only local services in Finland.
|I would like to know if there is a birth announcement for my husband born 18/09/47. If a birth announcement does not exist perhaps a newspaper article from…
||The National Library of Finland is the right place to ask for copies of older newspapers. Their address is
and concerning newspapers in particular try
You might also want to contact the Genealogical Society of Finland for assistance. Their address is http://www.genealogia.fi/indexe.htm
|What is the target group (customers, audience) for this Ask a Librarian Service?
||This service is meant for everyone. Since we are finnish and operating in three languages, of which the two are the official languages In Finland, Finnish and Swedish, most users are finns (both Finnish speaking and Swedish speaking). We want to help also persons from abroad who have questions concerning Finland. Our questioners fit all descriptions: adults with professional or “practical” information needs, students, schoolchildren and senior citizens.
|I need a pattern according to whicth I can offer "ask a librarian" service in reference section of my library. I live in Iran I want to know whitch libraries…
||I'm afraid that your specific question about iranian libraries offering an Ask a librarian -service is too difficult for me to answer, since i can't read arabic letters and can not therefore search the websites of iranian libraries. It might be a good idea to ask for assistance in the National library of Iran, http://www.nlai.ir/ . There is an international Ask a librarian service Questionpoint.org, that migt be able to help you http://www.questionpoint.org . In Sweden there is a multilingual Ask a librarian -service, they do not yet offer service in arabic, but they are planning to do so, maybe they could help you in your search. The address is http://www.eref.se/se-admin/vrleb_question_patron.asp?virtual_desk_id=43 .
I can tell you…
|Will the web service of the Multicultural Library (MLC) be accessible again soon? Thank you.
||Hello, we used to have MCL-pages many years ago, but we no longer have them. Instead we have new pages called Info Bank which contain important information for immigrants living in Finland. The web-address is: http://www.infopankki.fi/
You may also acquaint yourself with the Multilingual library (formerly known as Multicultural Library)web-pages, which contain relevant information on how to use library services in Finland: http://www.lib.hel.fi/en-GB/monikielinenkirjasto/
Also, you can check the Helsinki Metropolitan area joint library database, which contains materials in all those languages that we have available in the HelMet-database:
|What is Bertrand Russell's view of Religion? And what is his view of Christianity? Did Russell believe in religion and did he believe in God? Did he accept…
||You have asked us very demanding questions. Unfortunately as a public library reference enquiry we have neither time or capacity to give answers to these kind of large questions. The idea of our service is mainly to help in information search. You can start searching from Internet with some search service. Good one is http://www.google.com. I searched with words "Bertrand Russell" (note quotation marks!) and found a very useful Internet site to begin with http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/russell/ . There you find f.ex. books written about B.R.
|Could you give me a list of relevant literature for seminar theme: Sociological aspects of suicide?
||The most famous classic about sociological aspects of suicide is Émile Durkheim's "Suicide: A Study in Sociology", which was originally published in 1897. The book is still relevant and many studies concerning suicide has Durkheim as the starting point.
Steve Taylor's "Sociology of Suicide" (Longman, 1988) and Anthony Gidden's "Sociology of Suicide: A Selection of Readings" (1971) might be also useful to you.
But I think the most convenient way to start your study is by searching from the internet. We recommend Google Scholar, which has access to many scientific databases: http://scholar.google.com/
Good keywords for your search would be: 'suicide', 'sociology', 'social', 'sociological…
|I would like to ask you about legal deposit in Finland. The law determines that National library and some university libraries (Oulu, Jyväskylä, Åbo, Joensuu…
||According to the Legal deposit copy law (2007) the producer of any printed material, sound recording or visual recording is liable for delivering legal deposit copies of the products free of charge. Printed material is here considered to be any product with technically duplicated text or visual content. ”The law takes no position on the material´s contents, nor does it set any political, aesthetic or moral priorities or restrictions.” (Agricolasta Aku Ankkaan, p. 39.) Thus, university libraries do get copies of materials belonging to their fields of authority, regardless of content or quality of the material in question.
Since 1984 the Finnish Film Archive (National Audiovisual Archive) assumed the responsibility for the supervision and…
|In 1960's a Helsinki Finland Journalist/Author wrote a short story entitled "The Princess" - non-fiction about his wife (first name Gunner - last name I can't…
||It is the question of the Finnish-Swedish journalist and writer Gunnar Mattsson (b.1937). After The Princess he wrote a sequel to the story (Prinsen, 1966). It is a description of the first year of his little son. In his autobiographical novel Kungen (1971) he revealed the dark sides of the life of an best selling writer.His story about her wife was an international success, it was translated into thirty languages and also a film of the story was made. Unfortunately he had to struggle against a very serious drinking problem and he died relatively young, at the age of 52 in 1989. His wife Seija recovered from her long illness and worked as a nurse in Helsinki. However, the side effects of the radiotherapy had been injurious to her heart and…
|Do you have the book "Cultural Shock Finland" from Deborah Swallow? Kiitos!
||The name of the book is "Culture shock! Finland", and yes, we do have it in HelMet libraries. Please check the current availability here:
Welcome to visit any HelMet libray!
|Sw smaw & rsew welding process
||We are a public library and we do not have expetise concerning welding. However, below are a couple web-pages which deal with the issue. You should contact some technical school, which teaches welding techniques.
|Why optical fibre discks should be keep away from magnate?
||Permanent magnets and strong electromagnets may damage data that has been recorded on the computers diskettes and on the video cassettes, because the information is on these in a magnetic form.
Source (in Finnish): http://www.edu.helsinki.fi/astel-ope/sahko/magneettinen_tiedon_tallennu…
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|Why the stars have to be so faraway?? Why my star is so untouchible?? I only want to sent him a letter with best greetings...but would i be realized wrong??…
||The stars are so far away, because the universe has developed in such a way since the Bib Bang, or because it has been created that way - depending on how you think of it. But then again, if the stars were closer, they would burn us... So, that's why the stars have to be untouchable.
Well then, if your "star" is a human being, I can't see any reason why you couldn't send him greetings in a letter. Of course it is impossible to say how he would react to your message, but at least I would be delighted to get greetings from somebody - even from a person I do not personally know. The only way to find out his reaction is to try and send him the letter you are planning.
Of course he may remain untouchable to you anyway. But even if you don't get…
|What is the most widely used language in the world?
||Mandarin Chinese has about almost 1 billion speakers. After that Hindi, Arabic, English and Spanish. The order varies depending on how speakers are calculated.