Arts & Culture

Senate Square gears up for socially-distant summer reinvention

Helsinki's Senate Square, usually the focal point of tourist activity in the capital during summer, is getting a socially-distant reinvention. On 1st July the square will become a summer urban garden with bars, restaurants and music, in a bid to...

Finnish finally gets Duolingo treatment with new app-based course

It's been one of Duolingo's most commonly-requested language courses, and now Finnish is getting its own lessons on the popular mobile phone app. From Wednesday language enthusiasts can begin learning Finnish in ten-minute-per-day chunks, from a course put together by...

Young Finnish conductor appointed to prestigious Paris Orchestra

A young Finnish conductor has been named as the new musical director of the Paris Orchestra, the latest accolade in an already glittering symphonic career. Twenty four-year old Klaus Mäkelä had his appointment announced by the French Minister of Culture...

Hold the sausages! A century of Finland’s changing Midsummer traditions

As people in Finland enjoy the long Midsummer weekend holiday - with mostly hot weather this year - they're taking part in annual rituals that signal the start of summer. There's trips to summer cottages, grilling sausages, going to sauna...

Helsinki Day festivities serve virtual events and rhubarb pie

The Finnish capital city is celebrating its 470th anniversary, but this year's Helsinki Day festivities are going online due to social distancing concerns during the coronavirus epidemic. On June 12th 1550 King Gustav Vasa of Sweden established the city of...

Pride postponed – but issues linger in Finland around flags, advocacy and ‘pinkwashing’

Pride events in Finland, and around the world, are postponed. Usually a month filled with colour, music and diversity, June this year is more subdued as plans to celebrate LGBTQI culture are on hold until the autumn. In Lapland, Arctic Pride...

Popcorn summer: Finnkino announces cinema re-openings

Finland's biggest cinema chain Finnkino says it will start re-opening its cinemas, which have been closed during the coronavirus crisis. Screens at Helsinki's Tennispalatsi and Itis movie complexes, and at Turku's Kinopalatsi will begin showing films from Wednesday 24th June....

Barbecue books: Libraries to offer grills on loan for summer

Finns are known for their love of libraries - and in the summer also known for their love of outdoor grilling. So it's perhaps not surprising that a number of libraries around the country are taking part in a new...

Turku plans drive-in entertainment for coronavirus summer

The Turku Exhibition Centre has come up with an imaginative summer programme to bring audiences together for concerts, cinema, comedy and karaoke - but still comply with social distancing regulations. The venue is converting part of its grounds into a...

Island life: Finnish chef wins Swedish reality TV show

A chef from Åland has been crowned winner of the latest season of the Swedish reality TV show Expedition Robinson - known in other countries as Survivor. Michael “Micke” Björklund was revealed as the winner of the show on Sunday...

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Finns’ confidence in life and the economy after coronavirus improves

A new survey highlights how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic subsides, and how they have more confidence in...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd July 2020

Finns relaxing their own coronavirus restrictions Two surveys have highlighted how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic fades in Finland....

Appeals Court upholds verdict against Finns Party MP for incitement crimes

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi has ruled to uphold a verdict against Finns Party Member of Parliament Sebastian Tynkkynen. The Oulu MP was convicted...

Mosquito capable of spreading malaria discovered in Finland

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say they’ve identified for the first time a species of mosquito in Finland which is likely to be...

Hot sunny weather sweetens Finland’s strawberry crop

The recent spell of warm weather means that Finland’s strawberry season is off to a good start in southern and central areas this year. The...

Poll: Slight majority of Finns consider racism a significant problem

Slightly more than half of Finns consider racism to be a significant problem, according to a new poll released to by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group. The...

Morning headlines: Thursday 2nd July 2020

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland's green recovery Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has three big issues on her desk at the moment: the...

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland’s green recovery plan

It's been a memorably hectic first year in office for Maria Ohisalo. The Helsinki MP became leader of the Greens just weeks after her party...