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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Finland Student Residence Permit Renewal Guide!


This time most of the students are rushing for residence permit renewal. Here I am going to give the simple residence permit renewal guide. Documents Required!

  • Your Passport
  •  1 Visa Size Photo (35*47mm and 20-25mm head if you are Photoshop savvy you can edit by yourself and print in 55cent. otherwise you have to pay 10-16 Euro) 
  • Your credit Reports and certificate of attendance for coming year from college. Remember to ask both documents. 
  • Bank statement of last 3 months. If you have part time work you need to show your work contract and payslip from last 3 months. Otherwise you have to show €6000 bank balance.
  •  Insurance certificate. If you are have Finnish kela card insurance certificate is not needed. Otherwise You can do it from International Student Insurance. Important thing to notice about insurance is Malmi police Helsinki doesn't accept insurance which have deductible more than $100. So Choose the deductible amount less than or equal to $100.
  • Imp. Remember to fill up the visa application form before submitting documents to immigration.
  • €80 Cash (No card Accept) as visa renewal fee.
If you miss any of your documents of point(2-5) you can go and give those next day or another easy option is to send it by post. The early you go it would be convenient for you. Take number (A---format) by pressing kaikki kansalaiset. You can take number before 2pm. Police office function hours is 8Am-16.15Pm. If you have got the number you turn will definitely come on the same day, wait patiently. If you have the genuine cause for residence permit speed up request then ask a piece of paper and jot down the cause on that so that they could take your cause into consideration.  

Insurance form filling tips!

Go to the website International student insurance. Click Apply Online. Choose Atlas Travel online application option.
Will your trip include US..Check no.
Date of coverage should begin:- The very next day that your visa ends.
Date of coverage should end:- Put 1 year duration from the coverage begin. If you put coverage begin 16 August, it will end on 15 August of next year so that the total duration will be 1 year.
Put your date of birth and check no. Then click Get quote. Then choose 100 dollar Deductible amount and apply. You have to pay 347 dollar~241 Euro. You can pay from visa electron card.

Way to find Malmi Police Station. (For Applicants of Helsinki).

Of course you can check map from Malmi Police or Malmi Police. But I will give simple directions for those who are confused about the way. Get down from train and climb up the stairs turn left and go straight towards market through the corridor. Before entering the shopping complex very near to its entrance if you turn left you can see stair to car and cycle park climb down those stairs. Then turn left and go straight till the end of that road. Don't cross the road and turn left and go straight. If you turn left without crossing road you will find visa office on your LHS.

There is photo studio in shopping complex (Malmin tori) near Lidl. Also there is nordea bank outside of the shopping complex for bank transaction. Otto Machines are there in the shopping complex for €80 visa renewal cash :).





Saturday, 19 June 2010

BASIC FACTS ABOUT FINLAND:



Area
 Finland is the fifth largest country in Europe. The area of Finland is 338,000 square kilometres or 131,000 square miles, of which eight per cent is cultivated. Ten per cent of the total area is covered by lakes, which number 188,000, and 69 per cent by forests.

 Major Cities


 Helsinki, the capital, pop. 539,000 (the metropolitan area including the neighbouring towns of Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa has a population of 920,000). Tampere, pop. 189,000; Turku, pop. 169,000.

Population 
 The population of Finland is about 5,1 million with an annual growth rate of 0.3 per cent. After Iceland and Norway, Finland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, with 17 inhabitants per square kilometre. Therefore, the towns are quite small according to the European scale. Most of the inhabitants (76 per cent) live in urban areas. About 56 per cent have completed post-primary education, 43 % have a secondary level degree and 13 % have a higher level degree.

Language
 Finland is a bilingual country, both Finnish (SUOMI/ FINSKA) and Swedish (RUOTSI/ SVENSKA) being the official languages. Around 6 per cent of the population speak Swedish as their native language. Most of the Swedish speakers live along the south and west coasts. The Lapps also account for a language minority with some 5,000 Sami speakers. The most widely studied foreign language is English, followed by German and French. You will be able to deal with all your official business in English.

 Religion
 The majority of Finns are Lutherans (86 per cent), and one per cent are Finnish Orthodox. Government Independent democratic republic since 1917, with a President elected for a six-year-term, and a 200-member, single-chamber Parliament elected every four years.

Currency

 The Finnish currency is euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents(sentti).

Climate 
 Finland is a Nordic country with four distinct seasons. The climate is milder than in many other areas of the same latitude partly because of the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. Temperatures range from minus 30 to plus 30 degrees Celsius. The long-term average is between +14 and +18 degrees Celsius in July, and between -6 and -15 degrees Celsius in February. Winter normally begins in November. There are good opportunities for winter sports in all parts of the country. If you are going to stay in Finland during the winter months, i.e. between November and April, you will need a good pair of warm, insulated shoes or boots, a warm winter coat, mittens and a hat/cap as well as woollen sweaters and long underwear. (Please note that Finnish buildings are generally well-heated and insulated, so it is warm indoors, even in winter.)

Historical Perspectives
 Finland and the Finnish national consciousness have been moulded by the country's geographical status between the East and the West. From the 12th century, Finland was part of the kingdom of Sweden. In 1809, after Sweden lost the war against Russia, Finland was ceded to Russia and became an autonomous Grand Duchy within Imperial Russia, its Grand Duke being the Tsar himself. During the 19th century Finnish national consciousness grew stronger. In 1906, Finland succeeded in establishing a new constitution based on equal and universal suffrage, Finnish women being the first in Europe to be given the right to vote. After the October Revolution in Russia in 1917, Finland declared itself independent. During World War II, Finland managed to retain its independence in the Winter War and Continuation War against Russia. After the war, Finland pursued a policy of neutrality and military non-alliance. Finland is a parliamentary republic with a multi-party political system. Finland joined the European union on the January 1st , 1995.

 Time in Finland

Finland


 There is only one time zone in Finland. From early Spring to Mid-Autumn so-called Summer Time is followed (set ahead the clocks by one hour in March) In Finland it is customary to use the following logic in indicating the time: 9.00 = 9 am. / 15.00 =3 p.m. / 19.30 = 7.30 pm. Public Holidays (Note: shops and banks are closed on holidays and close early on the Eves, but some kiosks and restaurants, however, remain open)















Information on education, training and youth issues in Finland, and on Finnish culture and way of life…recommended!






The Finnish Tourist Board www.mek.fi
Travel in Finland www.travel.fi/int/
Virtual Finland http://virtual.finland.fi
Education and Training in Finland www.edu.fi
Finnish Schools in the Internet www.edu.fi/english/koulut
Statistics Finland www.stat.fi
Surf Finland -explore Finnish Municipalities and Citieswww.netek.fi/surf
Forest and Park Service www.metsa.fi
The City of Helsinki www.hel.fi
The City of Joensuu www.jns.fi
The Town of Savonlinna www.travel.fi/Savonlinna


COPIED:-From the Website of University of Joensuu/ Savonlinna Departments.







Sunday, 13 June 2010

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.


I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.


The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.


It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:


Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.


None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.


Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.


My second story is about love and loss.


I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.


I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.


I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.


During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.


I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.


My third story is about death.


When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.


Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.


About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.


I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.


This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:


No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.


Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.


When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.


Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.


Thank you all very much.