A Tale of Two Countries interviewed a group of interesting individuals who live their lives between two cultures. For Finns who moved to Britain, the country has offered creative inspiration, professional opportunities or perhaps love and a family. In Finland, on the other hand, some Britons have found unexpected fame and success.
More interviews will be published during 2017.
"There we were hiding in a cold cave drinking wine from the bottle"
Neil Hardwick is a beloved theatre persona, writer and director in Finland. He is known for acting as a bridge builder between the Finnish and Brittish cultures and creating a new wave of TV comedy in Finland.
"Touring in the early 80s was just brilliant"
Paul Oxley is Manchester-born lead singer in the band Paul Oxley's Unit that gained a huge success in the 1980s with their hit singles "Spanish Bars" and "Terry's inside". I this Interview Paul talks about how it was playing with bands like U2 and what cultural differences he has come across being a Brit in Finland.
"MTV united Europe in a completely new way"
Maria Guzenina is a Finnish politician. In the 90s she worked in London as the first Finnish VJ for MTV Europe. In this interview she shares her thoughts about London in the 90s, according to her, the most open-minded period in London’s history.
“London was completely undeveloped”
Eeva Lennon has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Finnish national broadcasting company since the 1960s. She moved to London nearly 40 years ago. Lennon describes how internationalisation has altered food culture in the city.
"London is my Eldorado"
Actor and writer Antti Holma enjoyed his youth in London. Even now, London is a place where he can let go of professional roles and truly be himself.
"I feel pulled apart in two directions”
Writer Emmi Itäranta has lived in the UK over 10 years. She lives in the midst of two cultures by writing simultaneously in Finnish and English. She is currently working on her third novel.