November 2, 2017

Nordic Council acknowledges Finnish successes

The award ceremony was held at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki.
The award ceremony was held at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki.
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The Nordic Council, the official body for Nordic inter-parliamentary co-operation, awarded several of this year’s prizes to renowned Finns.

Finnish company RePack won The Environment Prize with its recyclable packaging and return system for e-commerce. According to the jury, the product “turns the environment into a business opportunity, using accessible and innovative techniques to draw attention to opportunities for recycling and highlight the unnecessary use of resources and generation of waste”.

The Nordic Council Music Prize was awarded to conductor Susanna Mälkki, whom the committee sees as a versatile and dedicated maestro.

“Having forged her own path through the world of classical music, she now ranks among the top international conductors,” the statement reads.

The Film Prize went to Finnish director and screenwriter Selma Vilhunen and producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg for their film Little Wing.

“[Vilhunen] cleverly plays with how girls and young women are often treated on film, and every time the audience senses and expects a threat to the main character Varpu, Vilhunen lets her – both literally and figuratively – steer away from the clichés,” the jury compliments.

The Children and Young People’s Literature Prize was won by a half-Finnish duo, illustrator Linda Bondestam and the late Swedish author Ulf Stark, for their book Djur som ingen sett utom vi.

The committee calls the book “Nordic co-operation in its finest form”.

This year’s Literature Prize went to Danish Kirsten Thorup for her novel Erindring om kærligheden.

Formed in 1952, Nordic Council has 87 members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The prizes, each worth 350 000 Danish krona (approximately 47 000 euros), were awarded at the council’s 69th session in Helsinki this week.