Arts & Culture

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...

Turku Cathedral holds Notre-Dame benefit concert

The sounds of Mozart's Requiem will fill Turku Cathedral on Wednesday evening, as choristers put on a benefit concert to raise funds for Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Turku Music Society has organised the event, selling tickets for €20, with a...

Being Darude: On the road to Eurovision

When Finland's Eurovision duo takes to the stage in Tel Aviv on 14th May, the performance will be the culmination of a journey for DJ superstar Darude that started last September, when he agreed to represent his country at...

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Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...