Pohjola Pankki Oyj : OP-Pohjola Group: Almost 30,000 Entrants from 650 Schools in the Fine Arts Competition for Children

Pohjola Pankki Oyj : OP-Pohjola Group: Almost 30,000 Entrants from 650 Schools
                  in the Fine Arts Competition for Children

30 May 2013

Almost 30,000 children from around 650 primary schools participated in the
Fine Arts Competition with the following theme: "Discover biodiversity and
create art out of wildlife". The Competition was organised jointly by
OP-Pohjola Group, arts teachers and schools. This is part of an international
fine arts competition arranged by cooperative banks, and the best works from
Finland will be sent in, too. This was the 37th time the competition was
organised in Finland.

The Fine Arts Competition had three categories: the 6-8-year old, 9-10-year
old and 10-13-year old categories. The five best works in each category were
given a prize. In addition, one honourable mention was awarded in the 6-8-year
old category. The award ceremony was held in the Linnanmäki amusement park in
Helsinki on Thursday 30 May 2013. The prize-winners received a gift cheque
ranging from 50 to 500 euros and tickets for Norppaooppera in the Savonlinna
Opera Festival.

The winner in the youngest age category of 6-8-year old children was Helkky
Kaunisto from Liesjärvi. The subject of her work was "A red squirrel in the
woods". Jury members liked the realistically portrayed red squirrel in her
work, sensitivity, composition and the use of colours.

The winner in the category of 9-10-year old children was Adelia
Lindholm-Ventola from Tarvasjoki. The jurors praised her work, "Timid
animals", for an extraordinarily distinctive composition, harmonious ambiance
and the stereoscopic effect that the work comes across.

The winner in the category of 11-13-year old children was Eemil Korri from
Nivala. The jury praised his work for its extraordinarily beautiful depiction
of movement, rhythmic composition and controlled use of colours.

World biggest fine arts competition for children

- In their Fine Arts Competition entries, children interpreted the biological
diversity of flora and fauna and how vital they are to all of us. Above all,
the works reflected the children's momentous experiences, good knowledge and
skills and insightful observation of their immediate surroundings. Their work
depicted not only insects, mushrooms but also, for example, large wild animals
in Finland and various biotopes, explains Mikko Hartikainen, Counsellor of
Education, National Board of Education.

The competition is the world's largest fine arts competition and its
international final will be held in Italy in June, where our national winners
will represent Finland. Competitors will come from Finland, Italy, Austria,
Luxembourg, France, Germany and Switzerland.

For more information, please contact:

OP-Pohjola Group,
Anna-Susanna Lindström, tel. 010 252 3862, susanna.lindstrom@op.fi

OP-Pohjola Group is Finland's leading financial services group providing a
unique range of banking, investment and insurance services.The Group's mission
is to promote the sustainable prosperity, well-being and security of its
owner-members, customers and operating regions through its local presence.Its
objective is to offer the best and most versatile package of loyal customer
benefits on the market.OP-Pohjola Group consists of some 200 member
cooperative banks and the Group's central institution, OP-Pohjola Group
Central Cooperative, with its subsidiaries and closely-related companies, the
largest of which is the listed company Pohjola Bank plc.The Group has a staff
of over 13,000.OP-Pohjola Group posted earnings before tax of EUR 601 million
in 2012 and had total assets of EUR 99.8 billion on 31 December 2012. The
Group has over four million customers.


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