Arts & Culture

Helsinki Biennial arts event postponed – perhaps until 2021

The Helsinki Biennial, an international arts festival scheduled to bring 40 artists and art collectives from around the world to the capital this summer, is being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers said on Wednesday morning that the crisis has...

No automatic second chance for Aksel Kankaanranta at Eurovision 2021

Finnish singer Aksel Kankaanranta won't be getting an automatic berth to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. This year's event was supposed to take place in Rotterdam in May, with Kankaanranta selected by a public vote and music...

Day of Equality celebrates Minna Canth’s legacy

Today Finland celebrates the Day of Equality, which is also the birthday of author and social influencer Minna Canth. Canth is the first Finnish woman to have her own flag day, which has been marked since 2007. She was born in...

WATCH: Espoo brewery sends ‘thirst aid’ to Australia

An Espoo brewery is sending some 'thirst aid' to Australia, by donating proceeds from a special beer to bushfire relief efforts. Fat Lizard Brewing in Otaniemi came up with the idea after seeing videos from the recent devastating fires across...

Finland picks crooner Aksel Kankaanranta for Eurovision 2020

Televoters and music juries have selected singer Aksel Kankaanranta to represent Finland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Kankaanranta was the only male contestant, and his pop-ballad 'Looking Back' scored 170 points at the Uuden Musiikin Kilpaulu UMK 2020 competition on...

Tom of Finland exposed at new London exhibition

One of Finland's most famous artists, Touko Laaksonen, is being celebrated in London with the UK's first public solo show dedicated to the gay cultural icon Tom of Finland. The new exhibition 'Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation' opened this...

Flag day for Tove Jansson and Finnish art

Artist Tove Jansson is one of the most influential Finns of the 20th century and now she'll be celebrated with a summer flag day. The Ministry of Interior recommends that flags are flown on Sunday 9th August - the anniversary...

Ähtäri pandas could soon be ready for love

There's growing signs that the female panda at Ähtäri Zoo could soon be ready for mating - a 48 hour window of opportunity that only happens once a year. Lumi and Pyry came to Finland from China two years ago...

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...

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Coronavirus advice letters begin to arrive in homes

An information pack from the government and health authorities about coronavirus has begun to arrive in homes. It's part of the government's wider outreach to...

Google data reveals how Finns are avoiding shared spaces, and flocking to parks

New data released by tech giant Google shows how peoples' movement has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Communities Mobility Report for Finland...

VR waives railway restaurant rents for two months

State railways operator VR Group says it is waiving the rents of cafes and restaurants on its station properties across the country for two...

Mika Lintilä: “This is the worst moment of Finland’s economic history”

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) says the coronavirus crisis "is the worst moment of Finland's economic history" as he set out new...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd April 2020

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in...

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India

Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in an operation lead by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in...

City of Savonlinna starts mass lay-off talks 

The city of Savonlinna in Finland's eastern lakeland region has started talks on lay-offs for municipal workers due to the impact of the coronavirus...

SUPO: Finland’s main terror threat still comes from lone wolf attacks

The Finnish Security and Intelligence Service Supo  published its new year book on Thursday, painting a picture of the threats facing Finland from domestic...