Life stories in Finland

Are you looking for stories in Finnish to practice your language skills?,
Are you teaching Finnish to someone else?,
Would you like to write stories for people learning Finnish?,
Do you want to discover Finland?

When at least one of your answers is affirmative then we would like to talk with you!

If you are interested to know more about how we can help each other, please register to our project’s list Suomea Tarinat  by register your information below:

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Some background information:

Learning a new language takes time. Often adults aim to learn a second language by enrolling themselves in a course(s), or by buy books to learn, also by utilizing apps to memorize words, etc.  All those channels are useful.

However, we notice that  when children learn a language, they are surrounded by stories which are meaningful for them. Those stories often are told by their parents or through books.  Nevertheless,  “adults” often do have access to meaningful stories, as second language learners, that allow them to understand words and sentences in context.  Stories are important as they offer meaning to the words through sentences, paragraphs across the whole narrative.

As members of Ubium are learning the Finnish language, and we that learning Finnish as a second language, or any other language, implies personal effort and community support. To complement the existing tools, we started to write short stories to support the learning curve.

The stories emerge from our daily life in Finland. They utilize vocabulary that multiple books and sites are using to teach Finnish language, hence the stories help the readers to practice their vocabulary. Each story has been also controlled by Finnish native speakers.

Hope we can help each other sharing small stories that allows to learn Finland and learn Finnish!


Elämän Pitkospuut

Ubium has the pleasure to present this wonderful documental which shows the use of our editor MINE within the project of  Elämän Pitkospuut. This project was lead by the Evangelical Folk High School of Kitee . The aim of the project was the integration and empowerment of vulnerable groups into our society.

We are very proud of all the participants of this project, the storytellers and the facilitators. Also we are thankful to contribute with our expertise (in storytelling, contextual games, co-creation) and with our game editor titled MINE-editor.

The result has been enlightening for all of us who were part of this journey, and we hope this documental serves to others to keep sharing their stories!

Päätösseminaari Elämän Pitkospuut project

Slowly we are reaching the end of  Elämän Pitkospuut project.

Elämän Pitkospuut project has been ahead its time. It started before the immigration wave towards Europe in 2015, when visionaries in Kitee started to explore how to integrate vulnerable groups in our society.

Elämän Pitkospuut project got funding, ubium was selected to be a provider to support the project participants to create their digital stories.  Today, almost two years later, we have great storytellers. Authors we can read and who have learned a myriad of things in the process to be authors.

Thank you for letting us be part of this journey, and here we present 3 of the multiple stories produced in this period.





Children playing at Windows to the World exhibit!

Great to see that these girls enjoying the game!

After a big effort of all the team involved, it is in this moments that everything pays off. When one can see people enjoying the exhibit and/or playing the game in this case.

To allow others to enjoy while discovering their environment is a special mission. It is to create life while supporting a process of learning, playing and communicating.

Windows to the World official opening

On Tuesday March 1st, 2016 at 3:30pm, we were at front of Kauppahalli building in downtown Joensuu, Finland. We were at front of the two windows which are hosting our temporal exhibition.

This exposition is outstanding for several reasons, among those:
(i) it will be open 24 hrs for 31 days 
(ii) it is accessible to anyone who walks on this sidewalk
(iii) It combines arts (photography and music) with technology 
(iv) people can interact at any time with the exhibition. 

As you can see in the following photo, March 1st was a cold day here in Joensuu. However, independently of the weather people join us.

Minutes before the opening (photo taken by R. Albert)

The exhibition, Windows to the World, was officially open at 3:30pm and the lace was cut by our artists:

Our artists opening the exhibition: Claire Lacey (music) and D40oom (photography). Photo taken by R. Albert .

The exhibition invites the people to think about 4 particular topics relevant in our time: Technology, Nature, City and Crowd.

In a following posts we will present the different aspects of this exhibition. Now, let us celebrate that is finally open to the public. Below a photo of the team which work on all the last details before this day!.

Carolina Islas (from ubium), Chrstian Schweikert (representing D40oom and Dings), Claire Lacey (representing the music granted by cassisb) and Mikko Vinni (ubium).  Photo taken by R. Albert

Additionally, our partners oversees made also publicity to the event as:


Information about the event on Cassisb's news
Information about the event on Cassisb’s news


Information about the event on D40oom's news
Information about the event on D40oom’s news

Next, the most important persons is you and we hope you enjoy the exhibit!

– caislas


Ubium invites you to view their new temporary exhibit

Ubium invites you to view their new temporary exhibit

Windows to the World’

Joensuu Market Hall, Finland
March 2016

In recent years, the Finnish national budget assigned to education has been in constant decline. This reduction has had a detrimental effect on research and development of different fields including the Arts and Culture. Simultaneously, we live in an era where the Western economy has seen the demise of its manufacturing industry and is becoming more and more reliant on the growth innovation can bring. Many organizations are trying to redress this issue by encouraging innovation through competitions. Ubium believes innovation through collaboration could be as, if not more, effective a starting point. Especially now when global networks mean social interaction has no borders.

Ubium, a ‘start up’ company based in Joensuu, is committed to innovating new ways of learning and creating, playfully, through the help of technology. Their focus has revolved around the use of cross cultural themes as a trigger for research and development. Inspiration, curiosity and motivation to learn are activated and encouraged within a given time structure towards a specified goal. Good communication and transferable skills being essential to a successful and meaningful outcome.

Windows to the World – is a non-funded public art project, presented freely to the people of Joensuu. They can listen to music, look at photographs, read our story and reflect on the composition’s message. They can also test their memory skills through an interactive sound and light game by touching the sensors on the outside of the two windows.

Ubium and all partners/sponsors have contributed their time, resources and expertise freely towards the realization of this idea. Contributors originate from Finland, Mexico, Germany, America and the UK. A full list of names/companies can be found on the QR next to the exhibit.

Launch party
You are warmly invited to join us for the official opening of Windows to the World

  • Tuesday, 1st of March, 3.30pm outside the Joensuu Market Hall / Kauppahalli,
    Koskikatu 2, 80100 Karttalinkki
  • You will be able to meet the team
  • Then join us for an informal drink at the closest pub, 60s Palaver, Kauppakatu 22, 80100. Here we hope to bring together people interested in sharing ideas, experiences and knowledge on topics such as social education, networking, learning through computer gaming and technology, travel, culture, innovation…
  • We would also be very grateful to receive any feedback from the visual, auditory and interactive properties of our project towards further research or development
  • If you would prefer to send us your feedback, learn more about the project or just be put on our mailing list, please leave us your details or contact us through our blog at the website or email feedback [at]
  • Please note a short video film of this event will be taken


You are welcome to be a part of our journey!
Ubium and on behalf of all the Windows to the World’s partners and sponsors, Thanks!