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Country of origin: Finland
Country of residence: Finland
Profession: Teacher of Early Education (M.A.)
Q: How does the EU influence your day-to-day life?
A: The biggest concrete thing of course is traveling without passport control or currency exchange between different countries. On a more abstract level it is sense of belonging to a CIVIL AND HUMANIST power block in a ever more tumultuous and polarized world.
Q: When you think about the EU, what is the first picture that comes to your mind?
A: The glass architecture of Brussels’ EU buildings and the row of flags…
Q: End the sentence: “Twenty years from now the EU … “
A: …has hopefully succeeded in creating a true supranational identity and feeling of European citizenship.
Q: Choose three adjectives for the EU!
A: Bureaucratic, elitist, civil.
Q: Explain the EU to an 8y old child (elementary school) in one sentence.
A: The EU is a project of peace and co-operation where different voices and opinions are summoned together, aiming to a common good for all participants of that project.
Q: If the EU was an animal, what would it be and why?
A: An elephant: big, heavy and slow to change course (due to bureaucracy)
Q: Is there a dish (in your country) that describes Europe best, and why?
A: Kalakukko, “well protected inside”. There is a hard rye shell and soft rye, lard and vendace filling.