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Senja (who does not speak Swedish) teaches Swedish to whopping 13,000 Finns. Here is the bilingual crowd produced book masterpiece.
Senja (who does not speak Swedish) teaches Swedish to whopping 13,000 Finns. Here is the bilingual crowd produced book masterpiece.
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Finnish National Police Board requests Statement on Crowdfunding

Dear funders,
We have excellent news for you. First of all, we are getting ready to ship you the book! Secondly, with a little help of the Finnish authorities, you may get the book for free. 

The Finnish National Police Board, which operates under the Ministry of the Interior, has asked Fröken Senja to submit a statement concerning using Crowdfunding to finance a project and the terminology used. Our attorney has immediately provided them with the requested information. To assist the authorities further, we have also asked four leading Finnish professors to comment the statement request.

It seems that unfortunate choice of Finnish translations may have meant that legal permit for COLLECTING MONEY (rahankeräyslupa PENNINGINSAMLINGSTILLSTÅND) should have been obtained. However Fröken Senja, and her attorney, are convinced that in this case such permit was not necessary.

Nevertheless Fröken Senja’s utmost priority is to be a law-abiding citizen. As long as there is even the slightest possibility of a violation of law we cannot accept your payments.

Our estimation is that the book will be shipped to you on 10 September 2012. In case the Finnish National Police Board has not informed us of its decision by then, the book will be our gift to you. Your credit cards may have been invoiced, but we have not activated the transfer of funds to us on Kickstarter, hence it is simple to cancel the exchange.

We will keep you posted. Puss o kram, Senja


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    1. Senja 2-time creator on September 1, 2012

      Dear John, thank you for the kind thought. The main issue may be that crowdfunding is a completely new concept in Finland. In order to form its opinion a society needs a thorough discussion, which now seems to have been initiated. Judging from the extensive media coverage our project has received today. With regards, Senja

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      John C on September 1, 2012

      As the crowd from which the funds were sourced, is there something we can do? I'd be happy to attest honestly that I gave my money with no strings attached because I think the project is a good idea.

      If the problem is one of confusing wording, a friendly note from a couple hundred people in danger of confusion explaining that we're fine might be useful.

    3. Gillis Danielsen on September 1, 2012

      Ridiculous, naurettavaa, löjligt. Hope it all works out.