Arts & Culture

Police detain two people in Oodi stabbing case

Helsinki Police say they've detained two people after a violent attempted robbery at Oodi Central Library on Sunday. The pair, a man and a woman, turned themselves in to police on Tuesday after learning  they were wanted in connection with...

Michelin stars shine for Finnish restaurants as latest awards are announced

The annual Michelin Awards for the Nordic region were revealed in Trondheim, Norway, on Monday evening. They're perhaps the most coveted awards in the culinary world, rewarding kitchen creativity, flavours and sustainability. This year a new Michelin Star was given to...

WATCH: Penkkarit celebrations culminate in candy and colour

Students in many parts of the country are celebrating today with noisy and colourful penkkarit parades. Although some events already took place last week, the tradition culminates today in a cultural rite of passage that dates back generations as high...

Refurbished Olympic Stadium becomes the home of Design Week 2020

Helsinki Design Week will find a home this year at the Olympic Stadium, which is coming to the end of a multi-year major refurbishment.  Construction has been ongoing at the stadium since 2016 and it's set to open to...

Blini menus serve up a Finnish winter take on traditional dish

The perfect blini is soft and fluffy on the inside with a crispy shell on the outside that forms when they're fried in clarified butter in cast iron skillets. It's easy to see why blinis have become such a restaurant...

Museum visitor numbers set new record

The number of people visiting museums in Finland continues to grow, and in 2019 reached a new high. According to new figures from the National Board of Antiquities, around 7.6 million visits were made to professionally-run museums last year. The...

Flags flying for national poet – and eponymous cake eater – J.L. Runeberg

Finns commemorate the life and work of national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg today with flags and cake - and perhaps also by picking up a book. The poet, who lived in the 1800s, wrote the words to the Finnish national...

Jörn Donner: Oscar winner, cultural giant, diplomat and politician dies age 86

Finnish film producer, director and actor; acclaimed author; long-time politician and one-time diplomat Jörn Donner has died age 86. His wife said he passed away on Thursday at a Helsinki hospital surrounded by family members. He had been suffering from...

WATCH: Lions, dragons and fireworks in Helsinki signal Chinese New Year

Thousands of people came out to downtown Helsinki to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday. The Year of the Rat launched with a firework display over the China-themed area with red pavilions, a golden pagoda and traditional red lanterns. Chinese culture...

Chelsea Flower Show garden celebrates Finland’s Baltic coast

A Finnish garden at this year's Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London will celebrate the country's Baltic coast and sauna culture. 'The Finnish Soul' has been designed by landscape designer Taina Suonio, returning to the show for her second...

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PM in Brussels: “We have to be ambitious, but we also have to be realistic”

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has set out her opening gambit in Brussels, ahead of multi-year budget talks that are likely to be contentious. Speaking to...

Finland’s flu season spreading slower than expected

It's that time of year, when it seems like lots of people are falling sick with seasonal influenza. This year however, the flu epidemic is...

Morning headlines: Thursday 20th February 2020

Sunshine living: Meet the residents of Little Finland, Spain Tens of thousands of Finns chose to live on the Costa del Sol either full time,...

Sunshine living: Meet the residents of Little Finland, Spain

It's Thursday night at the Bar Cosmos and a steady stream of customer queues up to order lonkero, and shots of minttu. An older gentleman...

Britain imposes new restrictions for Finns who want to work in UK

The British Government has raised the bar on Finns - and other Europeans - who want to move to the UK after Brexit. From January...

Capital region shoppers are Finland’s biggest organic food buyers

The Helsinki capital region is the country's biggest market for organic food, according to retailer HOK-Elanto. The company - which operates S-Market, Alepa, Sale, Prismo...

Embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto facing Parliament, criminal investigations

Finland's embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Greens) whose leadership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been beset with allegations of bullying and poor staff...

New poll provides some political relief for government’s biggest parties

A new political poll from Helsingin Sanomat published on Wednesday provides some good news for the two main parties in government. Both the Social Democrats...