Finno-Ugric Celebrity of the Week 26 March - 1 April 2012
Kimi Räikkönen, (1979 - )
Finnish Formula 1 race car driver
Born in Espoo, Finland, Räikkönen drives for the Formula 1 Scuderia Ferrari team. In 2007 he was the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion.
He is the highest paid driver in motor sport with an estimated income of $51 million per year.
In March 2007, while his Formula 1 competitors were preparing for the season opener in Australia, Räikkönen competed in a snowmobile race in Finland under the pseudonym James Hunt. He won by a margin of over 20 seconds. Later that same year he and two friends entered a powerboat race in Helsinki, dressed in gorilla suits.
Räikkönen also appeared on Finnish postage stamps to commemorate the 370th anniversary of the Finnish postal service.
Smallest Finno-Ugric Groups Celebrate their Heritage in Leningrad Region
During the last weekend of August the Finno-Ugric Votian and Izhurian peoples held a festival in the Kingisepp district of the Leningrad region in support of the rebirth of their indigenous nations.
Mari Myths to be Performed in Puppet Theatre in Helsinki
The Mari myth of Cygnet Jykserge is re-told with puppets to encourage environmental conservation as well as connections between Finns and their relative Mari people.
Exhibition of Udmurt Artist Stanislav Antipov in Tallinn
Through August and September, oil paintings reflecting the Udmurt artists love of nature are on display in the Aatrium Gallery in central Tallinn.
Canadian Indians Rally Against Pollution from the Oil Industry
"First Nations" peoples, as Canada's indigenous ethnic...
Online Atlas of the World’s Endangered Languages
“Half of the 6,700 languages spoken today are in...
Indigenous President Wins Support for New Constitution
Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales has wona