The Question of Who Owns What Land
New Hope For Ingerian People
Student Exchange Programs
The project goals are not limited to economy and housing, but extend to the preservation of the Finnish culture in Ingermanland. The Finnish language is being taught, but a shortage of qualified teachers remains a problem. The Ingerian League classes have been full. Just twenty years ago, nobody thought Finnish was an important language to learn. Today it is different. A student exchange program is being planned at the moment. However, a condition would be that they do not immigrate to Finland. Wladimir Kokko would like to see cheaper visas to allow more Ingerians to visit Finland.
There are 50 Ingerian churches in Russia, of which 18 are in Ingermanland and of these, 15 are in the Finnish language. However, officially they are bilingual.
Since Finland is positioning itself as the gateway to the East, Finnish speakers are in big demand on the other side of the border. The message is: learn Finnish and develop the once great Ingerian culture on the home turf in partnership with Finnish brothers.
Finns further away in Siberia have requested assistance too, but the current budget supports Finns in the immediate geographical area ie. Karelia, Ingermanland and Estonia.