Arts & Culture

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called you from WhatsApp and now you know my phone number!" she exclaims, having informed me...

Helsinki plans Senate Square summer transformation

The City of Helsinki plans to transform Senate Square into an outdoor restaurant and hang-out spot - complete with social distancing. During the summer the city centre square would usually be thronged with tourists and crowded with tour buses. But...

Netflix shines a global spotlight on Turku’s food and design scene

Netflix is shining a global spotlight on Turku's food and design scene, as the new season of a restaurant makeover show lands on the streaming platform. 'Restaurants on the Edge' brings together a chef, a restaurateur and an interior designer...

WATCH: Thousand-strong virtual choir commemorates Veteran’s Day anniversary

Flags are flying in Finland to mark Veteran's Day - which this year also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Lapland War. On this day in 1945 the last German forces crossed the border at Enontekiö into...

As Finland puzzles over coronavirus, a nostalgic pastime boosts mental health

The coronavirus epidemic has ushered in a time of uncertainty for Finns: uncertainty over the economy and their jobs; uncertainty over their health, and risks to themselves and their families. But while people are coming up with new ways to...

Summer festivals press pause, waiting for government coronavirus decision

Festival organisers are hoping for a clear indication from the government about the fate of their summer events. Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said this week that she would announce a decision in April about whether festivals are allowed to go...

Lahti orchestra embraces technology for online Sibelius celebration

More than 60 Finnish classical musicians have joined together online - but remotely - to record a coronavirus-inspired version of the Sibelius classic Finlandia. Sinfonia Lahti recorded the new version last week, and it's already become a YouTube hit. "We have...

Finlandia Hall bathed in blue to honour healthcare workers

Finlandia Hall is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in the Finnish capital, and now it's acting as a symbol of thanks for a grateful city. Starting on Saturday night, and continuing every evening after dark, the Alvar Aalto-designed...

Helsinki Biennial arts event postponed – perhaps until 2021

The Helsinki Biennial, an international arts festival scheduled to bring 40 artists and art collectives from around the world to the capital this summer, is being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers said on Wednesday morning that the crisis has...

No automatic second chance for Aksel Kankaanranta at Eurovision 2021

Finnish singer Aksel Kankaanranta won't be getting an automatic berth to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. This year's event was supposed to take place in Rotterdam in May, with Kankaanranta selected by a public vote and music...

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Turku hospital starts coronavirus drug treatment tests

Turku University Hospital Tyks has launched a trial of a drug called tocilizumab to see if it can help stop coronavirus patients from becoming...

HS investigation reveals widespread mistreatment of cleaning staff

A lengthy investigation by Helsingin Sanomat has uncovered widespread mistreatment of cleaning staff who are low paid, and often asylum seekers or new immigrants hoping...

Finnair raises €501 million, as passengers get ‘clean kits’ on expanded flight services

Finland's national airline Finnair has raised €501 million in a share offering that was so popular, it was oversubscribed by 11%. The fundraising effort was...

GALLERY: Finland’s baby birds are kind of adorable!

May and June are the busiest months in Finland for spotting baby birds. There are still some around in July but by now most...

England opens quarantine-free travel to passengers from Finland

Anyone in Finland who wants to travel to England this summer will be able to do so without having to quarantine, from 10th July. On...

A new political party? Timo Soini says maybe.

Veteran politician Timo Soini, who lead the Finns Party to become a major force in Finnish politics, who was a founding member of Blue Reform...

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....