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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...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called you from WhatsApp and now you know my phone number!" she exclaims, having informed me...

Helsinki plans Senate Square summer transformation

The City of Helsinki plans to transform Senate Square into an outdoor restaurant and hang-out spot - complete with social distancing. During the summer the city centre square would usually be thronged with tourists and crowded with tour buses. But...

Netflix shines a global spotlight on Turku’s food and design scene

Netflix is shining a global spotlight on Turku's food and design scene, as the new season of a restaurant makeover show lands on the streaming platform. 'Restaurants on the Edge' brings together a chef, a restaurateur and an interior designer...

WATCH: Thousand-strong virtual choir commemorates Veteran’s Day anniversary

Flags are flying in Finland to mark Veteran's Day - which this year also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Lapland War. On this day in 1945 the last German forces crossed the border at Enontekiö into...

As Finland puzzles over coronavirus, a nostalgic pastime boosts mental health

The coronavirus epidemic has ushered in a time of uncertainty for Finns: uncertainty over the economy and their jobs; uncertainty over their health, and risks to themselves and their families. But while people are coming up with new ways to...

Summer festivals press pause, waiting for government coronavirus decision

Festival organisers are hoping for a clear indication from the government about the fate of their summer events. Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said this week that she would announce a decision in April about whether festivals are allowed to go...

Lahti orchestra embraces technology for online Sibelius celebration

More than 60 Finnish classical musicians have joined together online - but remotely - to record a coronavirus-inspired version of the Sibelius classic Finlandia. Sinfonia Lahti recorded the new version last week, and it's already become a YouTube hit. "We have...

Finlandia Hall bathed in blue to honour healthcare workers

Finlandia Hall is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in the Finnish capital, and now it's acting as a symbol of thanks for a grateful city. Starting on Saturday night, and continuing every evening after dark, the Alvar Aalto-designed...

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...

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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...

Ministry wants to order €100 million worth of protective equipment

The Ministry of Health has submitted a procurement proposal to buy €100 million worth of protective equipment for the National Emergency Supply Agency NESA,...

Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...

Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...