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Introducing Jeongsoo Hong, our thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2018 correspondent - Embassy of Finland, Seoul


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News, 27/06/2018

Introducing our thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2018 correspondent Jeongsoo Hong!

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has administrated thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP) since 1990.The programme is targeted for young international journalists.

The programme provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about Finland, Finnish society and the Finnish way of life. It also offers the means to enhance one’s professional skills, as well as expand your network of professional colleagues and international friends.

We had a chance to interview our 2018 FCP participant Jeongsoo Hong!

Hi Jeongsoo! Can you introduce yourself a bit?

My name is Jeongsoo Hong and I’m working for Donga-ilbo, one of the biggest newspaper companies in Korea. I'm now 26, and going to be 27 next month! I've been working as a reporter for 5 years already and at the moment I’m covering the Korean national assembly. On my free time I enjoy writing, music and other creative things.


What is your relationship with Finland?

I'm so excited because this is my first time visiting Finland. I was always interested in the nature, people, lifestyle and social structure of Northern European countries. Education and the increasing gap between the rich and the poor are the two biggest social problems in Korea. The Finnish way of life is considered as a good model for us and so most Koreans, including me, are very interested in the Nordic countries.

What made you apply to this program?

 I came to know that the embassy of Finland is looking for applicants of FCP 2018 as a senior manager in my company suggested that I apply! It was a nice chance for me, so I applied right away. I think I am very lucky that I was chosen and that I will be able to participate in the FCP this year.

What do you want to learn from this program?

  I want to learn as much as I can from the program, but if I have to choose only three things, they would be: how to make both child and parents happy, how to reduce the income gap and how to keep the environment green. I hope that I can get some good ideas for our government and society to solve these problems together. If I could choose one more thing, I would also want to experience the famous Moomin museum!

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