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SARANSK, October 6 (Itar-Tass) —— The 12th Russian-Finnish cultural forum opens here on Thursday. The topic of this year forum is “Ethnoculture in conditions of globalization.”
The forum programme includes round-table meetings, seminars and partners’ talks. Within the framework of the cultural holiday, the 2nd interregional festival of Finno-Ugorski book, in which representatives of the Finno-Ugorski republics of Russia and European countries take part, will be held. Besides, a high fashion demonstration of the national costume Majstorava will be held.
“The forum will open a new page in relations between our peoples,” Head of the Mordovia Nikolai Merkushkin said in his address to the participants in this major cultural event.
As ITAR-TASS learnt at the Ministry of Culture of Mordovia, plenipotentiary of the Russian president in the Volga Federal District Grigory Rapota, Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev, Finnish Minister of Culture and Sports Paavo Arhinmaki, representatives of the Foreign Ministry, as well as the Finnish embassy in the Russian Federation will take part in the forum.
Estonians, Finns, Hungarians and some ancient peoples of Russia (Komis and Udmurts) belong to the world Finno-Ugorski language group. They make a considerable part of the population of five out of the 21 national republics. Mordvins, for example, number 850,000 people. According to its number, this people ranks eighth in Russia. It is the biggest ethnos of the Volga Region after Russians and Tatars.
The first forum was held in the Finnish capital - - Helsinki in 2000. With every passing year, the number of participants and concluded agreements increases.
The forum will end on October 9.