Arts & Culture

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...

Sunday Cartoons: Dying For New Business?

This week the government is looking at plans to cut tax breaks from funeral homes, while Posti is hoping to expand its services. Could there be some cross-over business opportunities here?  'Cabbie Cartoonist' Torsti Luotonen is a Helsinki taxi driver and...

Sunday Cartoon: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Finland's Susijengi or Wolfpack men's national basketball team played with heart at the Eurobasket tournament group stage in Helsinki, winning 3 out of 4 games and going to the quarter finals in Istanbul. They lost to Italy on Saturday...

Sweden’s Crown Princess to Visit Finland Next Week

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria will visit Finland next week, to watch a performance at the National Opera House in Helsinki on Saturday 16th September. She's been invited to see Autumn Sonata, a new work which pairs a story by Swedish...

Tom of Finland Gets Oscar Nod

The Tom of Finland film has been selected as Finland's official Oscar entry for the 2018 Academy Awards, according to the Finnish Chamber of Films. The biographical retelling of artist Touko Laaksonen's life was written by Aleksi Bary and drected by...

New Museum Plans for Turku’s Great Fire Anniversary

Today marks the 190th anniversary of the Great Fire of Turku, one of Finland's most defining historical moments. The fire started on the evening of September 4th 1827, and by the next day had destroyed 75% of the city. The...

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Contact tracing app launches in limited test phase

A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is being launched on Tuesday for a month...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 4th August 2020

Contact tracing app launches in test phase today A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is...

New airport coronavirus testing option: “All the processes were very smooth”

Officials at Helsinki Airport say that "all the processes were very smooth" on the first day of offering coronavirus tests for arriving passengers. Public health...

Linnanmäki coronavirus ‘mass exposure’ confirmed by city

The City of Helsinki is confirming a coronavirus 'mass exposure' event took place at Linnanmäki amusement park in the capital at the end of...

MP Petri Honkonen joins Centre Party leadership race

The Vice Chairman of the Centre Party Petri Honkanen has joined the race to be the next party leader, challenging incumbent Katri Kulmuni. He's the second serious...

Young entrepreneurs: Twin brothers launching new Helsinki-Turku bus service

Two young entrepreneurs are set to launch a brand new bus service linking Helsinki and Turku with low-cost fares. Twins Henri and Eero Autio are just 21-years...

Tallink Silja stops selling ferry tickets from Sweden to Finland

Ferry company Tallink Silja is halting sales of round-trip ferry tickets from Sweden to Finland as of 7th August due to the coronavirus travel...

LISTEN: Summer Podkäst episode 4 out now

The new episode of our summer Podkäst is available now wherever you listen to your podcast content. On this week’s show Centre Party leader Katri Kulmuni talks about her summer 'listening...