Launching Seminar for the Nordic Somali organization

Launching Seminar for the Nordic Somali organization at Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, Hanasaarenranta 5, 02100 Espoo, October 20th-21rst 2014

 National associations of Diaspora Somalis have been established in most Nordic countries. The Finnish Somali League (Suomen Somaliilitto) and the Somali National Association in Sweden have been active in the last two decades. The Somali Association of Norway (SPIN) established in 2012. The mission of these national associations is to protect and represent the inhabitants of Somali origin in their countries enhancing their sense of belonging to the society and also contribute to the future development of their respective societies.

Because of the shared missions and the similar challenges the Nordic Somali associations have found a need to come together and create a common platform for cultural, social, economic and political activities of Somalis in the Nordic countries. After a series of meetings both in Helsinki and Stockholm, the three Somali national associations in Sweden, Finland and Norway (Finnish Somali League, Somali Associations in Sweden and Somali Umbrella in Norway) have decided to create a common network called Somali Nordic Federation (SNF) (Somaliska Nordiska Förbund(SNF) ) located in Helsinki. The new network is launched at a seminar on the 20-21rst of October 2014 at Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre in Espoo, Finland.


Preliminary draft program

Day 1: Monday October 20thh 2014


10.00 Welcome to the seminar


Gunvor Kronman, CEO, Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre

11.10 Launching of a new Nordic network

Abdi-Nur Isse, Chairman of Somalisk Riks Förbund I Sverige not yet confirmed

Arshe Said, Chairman for Finnish Somali League


Session 1

Somali-Nordic Literature



11.40 Muddle Lilius, Independent resercher

Topic: Somali traditional literary forms


12.00 Lunch


Session 2

The role of Nordic Somali Diaspora for rebuilding a “new” democratic Somalia



13.00 Dr. Abdirashid A. Ismail, Helsinki University

Topic: Role of Diaspora


13.30 Kristina Helenius, C.E.O. for American Chamber of Commerce

Topic: “Globalization ­ Diaspora-Chamber of commerce”


14.00 Pekka Haavisto


14.30 State secretary, Somali Ministery of foreign Affairs and investment not yet confirmed

Topic: Bilateral relationship between Somalia and the Nordic countries


15.00 Hanna Viitala, Programme Analyst, Finnpartnership Finnfund – Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd.

Topic: Finnpartnership, Finnfund and commersial projects concerning Somalia


Closing words for the first day


17.00 Dinner


Day 2: Tuesday October 21rst 2014


Session 1

Somali-Nordic design and architecture

10.00 Safia Abdi Haase
Topic: Somali-Nordic design and architecture


10.30 Adbukatir Warsame, Kungliga tekniska högskolan

Topic: Somali-Nordic design and architecture


Session 2

Social media and the challenges of youth radicalization

Moderator:Annika Forsander, TEM


11.00 Helsingin poliisin väkivaltaisen ekstremismin yksikkö, Jari Taponen, The Police of Finland

11.30 Imam, Helsinki not yet confirmed


Coffee and sandwiches


Press conference


More speakers might be included in the programme


Language: English

Participation is free, but requires a registration latest on the 10th of October

Organizers: Finnish Somali League and Hanasaari – for Sweden and Finland
Partners: Somali National Association in Sweden and in Norway Somali Umbrella (SPEN)
Sponsors: Nordic Culture and Hanasaari – for Sweden and Finland
Registration: through the webform on the Hanasaari webpage