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FinnStyle Owner Travels to Finland


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 13, 2013 – To commemorate 40 years of a fruitful sister city partnership, members of the Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership (MKP) Committee will travel to Kuopio, Finland Aug. 24 – 28. Minneapolis representatives of business, government, education, health care, and the arts will meet with their Finnish counterparts to exchange new ideas and methods that can be mutually implemented in Kuopio and Minneapolis.

"There is great value in visiting other countries and meeting face-to-face," said Ben Horn, MKP committee member and owner of FinnStyle. "I am confident that every member of our delegation will bring back new ideas that will further their organization's mission and improve our community."

While in Finland, the committee will visit Saaristokaupunki, a town of islands that offers an affordable and versatile living alternative to the densely populated city of Kuopio. Committee members will also meet with Kuopio City Mayor Petteri Paronen amid stops at several organizations and landmarks. Additionally, Horn hopes to source new and interesting products for FinnStyle, which will include visits to the Adelta Furniture Vision factory and the Hanna Korvela Design showroom.

"This trip gives me the opportunity to look at these items first-hand. As the largest online retailer of modern Finnish design goods in the U.S., I want to consistently offer our customers an extensive selection of high-quality products and continue exposing people to the Finnish design aesthetic."

The history of the Minneapolis-Kuopio partnership dates back to June 1, 1973 when Minneapolis city clerk Lyall Schwarzkopf invited Kuopio to become an official sister city to Minneapolis. This gesture was partly in response to Kuopio Mayor Eino Luukkonen's letter to Minneapolis Mayor Charles Stenvig in 1972, informing him that the Kuopio Municipal Council had named Minneapolis one of its "friendship towns."

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About Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership
The Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership seeks to encourage friendship, understanding, and collaboration between the citizens of Minneapolis and Kuopio, Finland. Focusing in the areas of education, business, arts and culture, and the environment, the Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership promotes exchange of people and ideas, collaboration in ongoing and potential research projects, and sharing of best practices between the two city governments.

About FinnStyle
Nestled at the edge of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, FinnStyle specializes in offering the widest selection of high-quality, modern Finnish design goods in the United States. FinnStyle's one-of-kind shopping experience is aimed at widening perspectives, inspiring lifestyles and promoting creativity. Founded in 2002 by Ben Horn, FinnStyle began as a brick and mortar retailer, with the addition of the website following shortly after. Since FinnStyle's inception, the independently owned company has grown significantly year after year. Carrying 2,000 products from more than 20 Finnish brands, FinnStyle has served 40,000+ satisfied customers from nearly 100 different countries.

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