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IVANAhelsinki is an exclusive art fashion brand. It brings delicately together Slavic rough melancholity and pure Scandinavian moods.

Paola Ivana Suhonen is the artist behind the fashion pieces, starting from her dark naive mind-landscapes, northern legends and western romantics, doing prints, graphics, shortmovies and well, everything that is involved with the visuals. She runs the family-owned company with her older sister Pirjo. Every single IVANAhelsinki piece is ateljee manufactured in Finland. The whole production philosophy is based on ethical and ecological choises. There are a lot of handmade details and traditional Finnish handcraft methods are featured.

“IVANAhelsinki started as my personal art-project, now it’s a way of living to us. I could easily spend my life travelling around and go to my road trips, but it is pretty much ok to do cute, straight cotton and woollen dresses for charismatic drummer girls and girl women. They are the ones who love moonlight fields, pirates, dark forests, crummy motels, champagne state of drunkness, fragile butterflies, unstable relationships, cowboys and guardian angels. After all, I’m sure they are just after a love of their lives, just waiting to see, will he be a rockstar, a motor biker, a gnome, a cosmonaut or a sailor.”

Paola Ivana Suhonen is a Helsinki born designer and artist. Her most well known for her own art fashion brand IVANAhelsinki which has in 10 years grown to an international art brand. The essential part of IVANAhelsinki is the design clothing line. Paola Ivana has been in charge for the design and art management of this line ever since 1998 when it was established. Paola Ivana has done several alternative projects where fashion, design and modern art have been combined. “I am not fixated with certain materials just the opposite; different materials are ways and means for me to express my own, inner world. The pieces I have created are souvenirs of my soul world.

In addition to her own personal design and art projects, Paola Ivana Suhonen has done product development, graphical and concept designing for example for Head Snowboards, HP Sauce, Google, Swarovski, Coca-Cola, Canon, Amnesty International and Mori Art Center in Tokyo just to mention a few. She has designed “Saimaa” dish serie for Finnish traditional porcelain company Kermansavi and “Guardian Dog” jewellery for Kaipaus. Paola Ivana Suhonen has graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki from the fashion and textile design department. Today she teaches in that very same university. In fall 2008 Paola will move to New York for a year to be more involved with her great love, the movie making.

Link: IVANAhelsinki

Iceland’s Viking Festival starts today

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The annual Viking festival in Hafnafjordur kicks off today with the opening of the Viking craft market at 5pm. The festival has been held since 1995 and is the oldest, largest and most important event of its kind in Iceland. Activities include battle demonstrations, storytelling, wrestling, archery, music, dancing and plenty of eating and drinking. The organisers [...]

Icelandic economy will avoid recession says IMF

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According to a recent forecast from the International Monetary Fund, Iceland’s economic growth in 2008 will be higher than the IMF had predicted in its previous forecast from last year, reports Iceland Review. Despite the severe economic slowdown currently facing world markets, the Icelandic economy is predicted to grow 0.4 percent in 2008, thus avoiding the [...]
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War criminal reportedly surfaces in Oslo

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According to reports in Aftenposten, a man who is wanted in conjunction with the Rwandan genocide may be in hiding in Oslo. Felicien Kabuga, is accused of helping to finance the genocide in Rwanda and has been on the run for the last 14 years. The wealthy businessman is rumoured to want to turn himself in [...]

Historic day for Norway’s gay community

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Next month’s equality bill has a stronger chance of being passed after it was backed recently by two opposition parties in Norway. The parties supported the right of gay couples to marry in church as well as to adopt children and have assisted pregnancies, according to reports in the Associated Press. The law was proposed in [...]
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Actavis picks up quality awards in Serbia

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Generic drug company Actavis in Serbia has been awarded a number of certificates for product quality, the environment and occupational health and safety. The Iceland-based generic drug company received the ISO and OHSAS awards at a recent presentation ceremony in Belgrade. The certificates were issued by SGS, an international inspection, testing and certification company. Actavis received certificates [...]

Grimsson speaks at debate in Doha

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Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson recently participated in a debate in Doha entitled the “Economics of Energy.” According to reports by CNN, the President started things off strong, stating that energy was the most crucial question of today’s age. CNN anchor Michael Holmes began the debate with a few questions. President Grimsson drew from his experience [...]

Nordic neighbours to protect precious parkland

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Ovre Pasvik National Park in Norway, Vatsari Wilderness Area in Finland and Pasvik Zapovednik Nature Reserve in Russia are all part of the same wilderness region – an oasis of rivers, plants and animals far north of the Arctic Circle. Now the three parks are working on conservation cooperation and even plan to construct footpaths crossing [...]

Mexico welcomes Eriksson

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Sven Goral Eriksson was named the new national coach of the Mexican football (soccer) team on Tuesday. The 60-year-old Swede has landed a two year contract with the Central American giant and will be looking forward to a fresh start on a new continent. Eriksson was hailed as the saviour of the English national team during his [...]
Nordic bank Glitnir won second prize for ‘Sustainable Deal of the Year‘ at the Financial Times Sustainable Banking awards in London last week. Glitnir was presented with the award by the CEO of FT, John Ridding, for a deal brokered with US geothermal energy company Hudson Ranch. In it the Nordic bank provided a $15 million [...]

Elvis is a little girl from Sweden

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Sweden’s interesting naming laws have come into the spotlight again, as the country’s tax bureau has decreed that a five-month-old Stockholm girl is not allowed to retain her name: Elvis. The Metro newspaper states that Elvis’s parents wanted a name for their daughter that was both pleasant sounding and gender-neutral. Neither parent is a fan of [...]

Iceland: an adrenaline seeker’s paradise

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Iceland has been attracting tourists to its vast, untamed countryside for decades, but the popularity of organised adventure activity tours is a far more recent development. A company called Arctic Adventures is now offering over 20 adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure tours in Iceland with an environmentally friendly slant. Arctic Adventures is a member of the campaign group, [...]

Iceland detains illegal bees

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40,000 honey bees on their way from Norway to an Icelandic bee farm have been delayed at the Icelandic port of Seydisfjordur. The bees had already come ashore from the Norraena ferry when it was discovered they did not have the correct documentation to prove they are free from disease. If the documentation cannot be provided, the [...]

Alzheimer’s dentist to stop work

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A dentist in the Skane region of southern Sweden has been carrying out her delicate job despite being an Alzheimer’s disease sufferer for many years. Authorities had previously thought that the dentist had given up her practice, which she runs from home, but it has come to light that she has not. The Local reports that the [...]

Iceland can avoid recession says PM

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The Prime Minister of Iceland, Geir Haarde, said the economy could evade a recession forecast by the Ministry of Finance and the Icelandic Central Bank, reports Bloomberg. “I am not so sure we will actually have negative growth rates,” said Haarde in Latvia last week. It is “one of the objectives of the government to ensure [...]

“Cave Man” forced to wash

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A man living in a publicly funded nursing home in Oslo is reserving his right to be dirty, a right he is willing to take all the way to the Supreme Court of Norway. The man, known to many as the “cave man” went from living in a rubbish heap near the university, to a [...]

Norway wedged between China and Tibet

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It has come to light that Norway has been playing a pivotal role in attempts to bridge the gap between China and Tibet. Several top level officials from Norway have been conducting secret talks with the Chinese and the Tibetan government in exile, led by the Dalai Lama. The talks have reportedly been kept secret at the [...]

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