Arts & Culture

Most Finns trust the media – but numbers are falling

Most Finns trust most of the media, most of the time. But the numbers are falling. That's one of the key findings from the 2019 Digital News Report research carried out by the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford which...

International nomination for Helsinki’s Oodi Central Library

Helsinki's Oodi Central Library only opened last December, but it's already established itself as a firm favourite with local residents and architects alike. Now the museum has been nominated as one of four finalists to be public library of the...

Finnish conductor hits the high notes with prestigious new role

A young conductor from Lahti has been appointed as principal conductor of the London Philharmonia orchestra. Santtu-Matias Rouvali, 33, replaces another Finn Esa-Pekka Salonen in the role on a new five year contract. Rouvali grew up in a musical family, as both his parents...

Whips and chains: Edgy Finnish film gets Cannes Festival debut

An edgy Finnish film about a man who hires the services of a dominatrix had its premier at the Cannes Film Festival in France this week. 'Dogs Don't Wear Pants' stars actors Krista Kosonen and Pekka Strang in the story of a bereaved husband...

End of the line for Finland at Eurovision 2019

Finland has crashed out of the Eurovision Song Contest, after failing to qualify from Tuesday's first semi-final in Tel Aviv. It’s the fourth time in five years that Finnish acts haven’t made it to the Eurovision Grand Final. DJ/Producer Darude and singer Sebastian Rejman...

GALLERY: Darude & Sebastian at Eurovision in Tel Aviv

Finnish duo Darude and Sebastian Rejman are on stage on Tuesday night in Tel Aviv representing the country at the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The pair perform their climate change anthem Look Away in the first semi final, where the top 10 acts go...

Saara Aalto to headline Finnish version of Queen musical

Singer Saara Aalto is to headline a Finnish-language version of the hugely popular musical We Will Rock You, based on the songs of legendary rock group Queen. The production is coming to Helsinki in 2020, and Aalto was announced in the lead...

Darude teaches the world to make music ahead of Eurovision Song Contest

Finland's Eurovision hopes are pinned firmly on DJ/Producer Darude and singer Sebastian Rejman at this year's contest in Tel Aviv. The duo have already started rehearsals on the main stage, and compete in the first semi- final next Tuesday evening with their...

Renowned artist and designer Oiva Toikka dies

Renowned Finnish artist and designer Oiva Toikka has died age 87. The designer, who worked extensively in ceramics and glass, passed away at a nursing home on Easter Monday. Born in Viipuri, in what is now part of Russia, Toikka studied...

WATCH: Vintage Helsinki tram gets a new lease of life

A vintage Helsinki tram is getting a new lease of life. It was one of a number of carriages that were donated to different projects in the capital city region, and recently arrived at Teurastamo in east Helsinki, where it's...

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Closing time: eased restrictions on bars and restaurants come too late for some businesses

A decision to ease restrictions and allow restaurants, cafes and bars to re-open this week is welcome news for many in the industry eager...

Morning headlines: Monday 1st June 2020

Coronavirus restrictions eased today  Restrictions put in place over the last several months to slow the spread of coronavirus in Finland are being eased today....

Three Isis-linked Finnish families arrive from al-Hol refugee camp

Three Finnish families, women and children, arrived in Finland on Sunday from the al-Hol refugee camp in northern Syria. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms...

Everything changes: Your guide to coronavirus life in Finland from 1st June

On Monday 1st June there is a whole range of new rules, regulations and recommendations coming into play as coronavirus restrictions are eased. While the...

Foreign Minister: Finland engages with China and America on problem subjects

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that Finland will be taking opportunities in the coming months to press China and the USA to live...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 29th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL New guidelines: yes, it's okay to travel around...

New guidelines: Yes, it’s okay to travel around the country

New guidelines issued by the Government on Friday confirm that yes, domestic travel is allowed again, as long as people take sensible precautions. There had...

Parliament approves new rules to open restaurants, cafes and bars

Parliament and the President approved new temporary amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act on Friday, which makes it possible for restaurants, bars and cafes...