Arts & Culture

Finland’s Christmas Radio Moves To Year-Round Format

Are you already missing the most wonderful time of the year? Finland's Christmas Radio station Jouluradio is extending the seasonal spirit from the usual holiday period, to all year round. So you can listen to traditional and contemporary music from Finland...

Finns Count Backyard Birds In Annual Wildlife Survey

Finnish nature lovers - from amateur bird watchers to seasoned ornithologists - are taking part in an annual exercise to count the number and variety of backyard birds. 'Pihabongaus' is the country's biggest bird event and takes place over two...

Panda Diplomacy: Two Bears Arrive From China

Two giant pandas have arrived in Finland, where they'll spend the next 15 years under a loan scheme from the Chinese government. Lumi (Snow) and Pyry (Blizzard) landed on a cargo flight in Helsinki, where they were greeted by an...

Saara Aalto’s Three Eurovision Songs For Finland

Singer Saara Aalto has picked three songs which she could perform for Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest. Aalto wrote on Twitter "choosing my 3 Eurovision options in the next 5 minutes. EXCITING". In recent years, state-funded broadcaster YLE has organised...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Saana Illumination Is Grotesque & Reeks Of Colonialism

The Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi, in the 'Arm of Finland' is illuminated on Monday and Tuesday as part of the official programme celebrating Finland's 100 years of Independence. Saana lies in the heartland of the Sámiland - a thoroughly colonized area, which has been carved up by the borders of the four nation states, and continues to be...

WEEKEND: Pekka Strang On Stage & Screen

The headlines this year have all been about the Tom of Finland movie. So bring us up to date, what are you working on now? Right now I'm in rehearsals for Don't Dress for Dinner which opens at the...

Lightbringer: The Story Of Finland’s New Winter War Memorial

A striking new sculpture lights up the dark skies this week, when Finland's first ever national memorial to the Winter War of 1939 and 1940 is unveiled on Thursday. Called 'Valontuojia' - or Lightbringer in English - the thoroughly modern...

WEEKEND: André Wickström Jokes Around

Comedian André Wickström is a well known face on Finnish television, on the stand-up circuit, and from his quirky character commercials for energy company HELEN. This weekend for News Now Finland, André tells us in his own words about Finnish humour,...

Two Royal Princes Heading to Helsinki

Finland will have an influx of royal visitors at the end of November, when not one but two princes head to Helsinki on the same date. Sweden's Prince Daniel - husband of Crown Princess Victoria - will make a two...

Donald Duck’s Ateneum Art On Display

One of Finland's most loved cartoon characters is getting a highbrow makeover. Aku Ankka - Donald Duck - comics have been published in Finland for more than 60 years, and have become a treasured part of childhood. From today, Helsinki's Ateneum...

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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...