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Photojournalist Vesa Oja was born in Lahti, Finland in 1953. He studied photography at the Lahti Institute of Industrial Arts in Finland 1973-1976. Since 1978, he worked as Staff Photographer for the leading Finnish national newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, of which he was retired in 2012. In 2013 he completed his long project Finglish – Photographs of Finns in North America, which consists photos and interviews of Finnish Americans and Finnish Canadians. His previous photo book Toinen Eurooppa ­- The Other Europe (published in 1999) deals with the disintegration of socialism in East Europe and the civil wars in the Balkans.

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