Arts & Culture

Saving Amanda: Helsinki considers how to protect the famous fountain

Helsinki City Council is looking into measures to protect one of the country's most recognisable landmarks. The Havis Amanda fountain and statue, built in the Market Square in 1906, has become a popular place to celebrate sporting success, with revelers...

No new hope for Finland’s Star Wars jewelry brand

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a Finnish jewelry brand was featured prominently in Hollywood's best-known space opera. A striking silver necklace and bracelet from Lapponia were worn by Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia character in the...

GALLERY: Explore Lux Festival in spectacular detail

Tens of thousands of people have walked on the Lux Festival route through the streets of Helsinki already this year. The annual arts festival runs through Wednesday 8th January and lights up the nights during the darkest time of...

WATCH: Lux Festival brings fire and light to the darkest days of winter

Helsinki's annual arts festival Lux is back again for 2020, lighting up the capital city during the darkest days of winter. This year sees Lux visitors taking a new route around the city, starting at Senate Square and going through...

Fireworks go on sale with a warning, and political scrutiny

Friday fireworks go on sale on Friday, just in time for New Year's Eve celebrations, but they come with stern safety warnings. Fire departments are reminding everyone of the rules and best practice to use the pyrotechnics. It's only legal to...

Jikŋon: ‘Frozen 2’ brings Sámi language and culture to Disney audiences

The long-awaited sequel to Disney's blockbuster 'Frozen' opens in Finnish cinemas over Christmas, and becomes the first feature-length Hollywood film to be dubbed in Northern Sámi. A unique collaboration between Disney Animation Studios and indigenous communities has helped shape the...

New Star Wars film sets Finnish box office record

The latest installment in the Star Wars movie saga has set a new record for first day total box office sales in Finland. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opened at 10:00 on Wednesday morning and made €593,395 in ticket...

WATCH: Santa Lucia annual parade in Helsinki

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Prime Minister gets set to host children’s Independence Day party

Hundreds of children all over Finland are getting ready for the annual Independence Day party for children, which mirrors the formal reception that is held each year at the Presidential Palace. The event is hosted by Prime Minister Antti Rinne...

Singer Jari Sillanpää to face child sex abuse charges in court

Finnish singer Jari Sillanpää will appear in court next February charged with sexual abuse of a child and dissemination of sexually suggestive images. The story was first reported in Iltalehti newspaper. The alleged acts took place between August and September 2017 during...

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End of kaamos: Utsjoki wakes up from winter

Finland's most northerly municipality is waking up from darkness on Friday and briefly experiencing its first sunrise. The sun last set in Utsjoki on 25th...

Football stars score at annual Sports Gala

Finnish footballers have enjoyed a night of awards glory at the annual Sports Gala Urheilugaala in Helsinki on Thursday night. Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki...

Morning headlines: Friday 17th January 2020

Government to update on employment measures Minister of Labour Tuula Haatainen (SDP) is set to announce the government's latest initiatives to boost employment. The aim is to...

SK: Finns Party MPs concealed China-linked tech company cash

Two Finns Party MPs, including the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, concealed their links to a tech company that received funding from China. The...

Latvian man on trial for bomb plot to target “foreigners and Muslims”

A man has appeared at Helsinki District Court, facing charges of plotting to set off home made bombs during 2018 New Year's Eve celebrations...

Saving Amanda: Helsinki considers how to protect the famous fountain

Helsinki City Council is looking into measures to protect one of the country's most recognisable landmarks. The Havis Amanda fountain and statue, built in the...

Defence Ministers use Nordic hotline for the first time

Nordic Defence Ministers have used a special crisis hotline for the first time, to discuss the situation in the Middle East. According Defence Minister Antti...

World Jewish Congress calls Left Alliance MP “antisemitic”

The World Jewish Congress has criticized Finnish Member of Parliament Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza. The powerful US-based lobby...