I am Ilkka Sillanpää, PhD 


a data and space scientist and Mormon from Finland    

twitter: @samooja

A newspaper interview on my religious views is one of the posts in this blog.


This site is for posting English translations of articles written in Finnish that I decided to share with a more international audience. (Note: original authors have been surprisingly willing to let me post my amateurish translations here. See Copyright issues) This blog started out dealing with Russia and international politics and relations, but I wouldn’t exclude any topic off the bat (except that I want blog’s rating to remain PG).


Suggestions of Finnish articles to be featured here are welcome.

I am looking for slightly longer, thought-provoking articles. With case by case consideration, it is also possible to get an original English text published here or a text already translated by someone else.


By Hermann Berghaus (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsThe logo for this blog is Hermann Berghaus’ star-shaped world map from 1880. http://ancientworldmaps.blogspot.com/2013/05/world-map-19th-century.html