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The presentations in Helsinki at the occasion of the third meeting of the NIB alumni on 12 September 2011 were of an exceptional quality.  The 30 alumni assembled listened to three presentations by NIB staff and one presentation by Petter Skouen, alumni who had worked at NIB during its first period of activity during the 1970s and early 80s.  In fact it was rumoured that Petter Skouen during his first week as manager of the NIB short term deposits and cash liquidity, had managed to earn in the order of ten times his monthly salary.  All the 30 alumni who participated in the meeting were indeed very eager to listen to this particular presentation.

... .  This important news spread quickly (no doubt through Facebook) including to the horses on the Patagonian pampas above.  They apparently thought that the NIB model of financing projects in Europe and elsewhere, and not least of the formidable liquidity management just referred to, might now become a realistic alternative for reviving the Argentinian economy, and in particular to create new opportunities for economic development at the estancias of our friends in the north of Patagonia.

Alumni meeting in Helsinki attended by former staff of the Nordic Investment Bank on 12 September 2011

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The programme for the alumni meeting included the four presentations mentioned above, followed by a social gathering of all participants in the representative dining room at NIB.  This last activity lasted until late in the evening (maybe it was what the participants had looked most forward to?!).  In any case this third NIB almni meeting was indeed a success, and I am sure that we all want to thank the organiser Ms Carola Lehesmaaa for her effort and NIB for its offering of the premises and the subsequent buffet dinner ad libitum that we all thorughly enjoyed.  (Note: you may want to skip the story about the snakes below and go directly to the more serious part of the alumni meeting on: page 2).

However, no paradise without the famous snake(s):

 

Note these vipers or adders you see above are indigenous European snakes.  They may be encountered from southern Europe all the way to the North Cape in Norway.  If you want to see higher resolution size versions of the photos go to the FB version).  The black adder above was seen in the Copenhagen Zoo, whereas the brown adder above is not living in a zoo; she (females are generally brown) lives free in the Norwegian mountains on the northern side of the Rondane National Park.  We were travelling on horseback through the Rondane mountain range on 24 August 2011 and had made our tented camp near a beautiful river.  One of the riders had seen the viper on the same spot last year.  When we arrived we first noted the skin which the snake had shredded when it woke up after hibernating during the winter. A little later our friendly brown adder came out to enjoy the sunshine.  Then she apparently became aware of us and she then quickly disappeared into the bush.

In the evening we asked Eilert to sing a joik for us along with other songs; after the joik song in his native Sami language, he then sang a children's song also in his native Sami language:

 

 The next day the group of riders were to make camp near the Dalholen village in Folldal; on the way the horses got a good chance to show their tölting abilities:

 


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