Arts & Culture

National Ballet Removes Director Over ‘Inappropriate’ Comments

The Finnish National Ballet says it has removed Artistic Director Kenneth Greve from his supervisory role over dancers, after complaints were made about his conduct. The allegations say Greve, who has been the FNB's director for the last ten years,...

Tabloid: Singer Jari Sillanpää Detained Again

Iltalehti newspaper reports that popular Finnish singer Jari Sillanpää was detained at Helsinki Airport on Saturday, suspected again of drugs offences. The paper says Sillanpää spent the night at Pasila police station in Helsinki, although police could not confirm this. In...

Finland’s Most Popular Baby Names Announced

Are you an Aino or Leo? Maybe an Ellen or William? The Population Register Center says these were the most popular names for children, given by Finnish-speaking and Swedish-speaking parents. Popular Finnish-Speaking Names After Aino, the most popular first names for girls...

Minna Canth Day Celebrated With New Audio Books

Finland is marking a day of equality, and the birthday of author and social influencer Minna Canth. She is the first Finnish woman to have her own flag day, which has been celebrated since 2007. Now, four of Canth's short stories...

Director Lauri Törhönen Quits Culture Role After Harassment Accusations

Film director Lauri Törhönen has resigned from his role at a management company which oversees activites at the Kaapelitehdas and Suvilahti cultural venues in Helsinki. "It was clear that Törhönen did not have the support to continue his work" Helsinki...

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...

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Q&A – New immigration registration process for Brits in Finland

A new system for British nationals is coming into effect in Finland from 1st October, after President Sauli Niinistö signed the final legal paperwork...

Morning headlines: Friday 18th September 2020

Ministers head to Naantali after Neste refinery closure Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is leading a delegation of ministers to Naantali today, to meet with management...

Government ‘forgot’ about restaurant and tourism industry in budget

The Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa says the government 'forgot' about the restaurant and tourism industry in the 2021 budget, which was unveiled on Wednesday. MaRa has...

Barack Obama’s new book to be published in Finnish

The new book by former US President Barack Obama will be published in November in 25 languages, including Finnish. Obama's memoir, 'A Promised Land' -...

Finnair cuts domestic flights as government guarantees regional connections

Finnair says it will continue some flight services through the winter to five regional airports, but then stop those connections at the end of...

Human rights court rules against Finland in mass shooting case

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled against Finland in the case of a 2008 mass shooting incident, saying that authorities...

Autumn storm Aila causes minor damage as it moves from west to east

Autumn storm Aila is continuing to cause minor damage and power outages as it moves from west to east. Overnight around 60,000 people were left...

Morning headlines: Thursday 17th September 2020

Hurricane-speed winds as autumn storm Aila causes damage Autumn storm Aila hit Åland and the west coast of Finland overnight with gusts of wind up...