Direct to content
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Embassy of Finland, Cairo: Current affairs: News


3 Abu El-Feda Street,13th floor
11211 Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Tel. +20 2 2736 3722, Fax. +20 2 2737 1376
English | Suomi | Svenska |  |  | Instagram
News, 5/16/2017

Finnish designer empowers sustainable fashion

Photo: Ellinor Stigle

It was the summer of 1986, and Timo Rissanen was 11 years old. It was a confusing time to be growing up in a suburb in Finland. You could no longer just step into a grocery store and fill your basket without thinking twice. A catastrophic accident had just occurred at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, in what is now Ukraine, and a cloud from the explosion had travelled north, reaching Finland.

Families had to take precautions when it came to putting food on the table – many people remember the temporary ban on picking berries or mushrooms. For the first time, Rissanen realised that the environment wasn’t just an abstract concept, but rather it was the water that he consumed and the air that filled his lungs.

Read the full story on ThisisFINLAND

Print this page

Updated 5/16/2017

© Embassy of Finland, Cairo | About this site | Contact information