Arts & Culture

Day of Finnish Literature celebrates tragic, brilliant writer Aleksis Kivi with flags

Flags are flying across the country on 10th October to celebrate the annual Day of Finnish Literature, and the life and work of one of Finland’s most revered writers Aleksis Kivi. Born in the 1840s in Nurmijärvi north of Helsinki,...

Meet the berry picker turning a hobby into a cottage industry

In the forests near Tammisaari one enterprising retiree has turned his hobby into a cottage industry by picking, packing and selling hundreds of liters of berries every year. Across the country you can find more than 50 types of berries:...

Flags are flying to celebrate Finnish trailblazer Miina Sillanpää

Flags are flying across Finland today to celebrate the life and work of Miina Sillanpää, a trailblazer in politics, social mobility and rights. Sillanpää was born into a peasant family during the famine of the 1860s and by age 12...

Tiny dining: Finland’s ‘smallest restaurant’ is up for sale, and looking for just the right buyer

A tiny restaurant in Töölö, part of the Helsinki neighbourhood's fabric for more than half a century,  is up for sale - but the new owners will have to commit to maintaining the unique atmosphere and vintage recipes that...

GALLERY: Autumn brings mushroom explosion to Finland’s forests

Late summer and early autumn is the time when the hidden mycorrhizae of the forest produce their fruiting bodies that are better known as mushrooms - but not all of them are edible. Fungi are very important organisms in ecosystems. They...

Oval Office ceremony marks return, reburial of Indigenous remains from Finnish museum

A ceremony at the Oval Office with US President Donald Trump marked the end of a four year process to return Indigenous bones and burial objects from the National Museum of Finland to their ancestral homelands. The remains of 20...

Amur leopards heading to Helsinki Zoo for conservation programme

Two young Amur leopards will arrive at Helsinki's Korkeassari Zoo this year as part of an international breeding programme to help save the endangered species. There's currently around 100 individual animals living in the wild in Russia's Far East, and...

Big Brother: Reality TV show puts a new twist on life in lockdown during coronavirus

Imagine a scenario where you're isolated in your home, and have limited contact with other people. That of course is the premise for the long-running reality TV show Big Brother Suomi which returned to Finnish screens this week, but it's...

Korkeasaari’s oldest resident, Coco the sloth, dies age 47

The oldest resident at Helsinki's Korkeasaari Zoo has died age 47. Coco the Hoffman's two-toed sloth - nicknamed Lazy Coco in Finnish - was the oldest of her species in Europe, one of the oldest in the world, and had...

Helsinki Pride Week begins, with PM Sanna Marin as patron

Helsinki Pride Week gets underway on Monday, postponed from its usual June date due to the coronavirus situation at that time. Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is the patron of this year's events, the first time a PM has taken...

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GALLERY: Discovering Finland’s urban wildlife residents

How well do you know your neighbours? No, not your human neighbours, but the other animals that share our cities, towns and villages with...

Morning headlines: Friday 15th January 2020

Cold snap continues across the country  A cold front with some extremely chilly temperatures continues across most of central, southern and eastern Finland on Friday...

Morning headlines: Thursday 14th January 2021

Coronavirus update: No new restrictions expected today Public health officials, and Minister Krista Kiuru (SDP) will give a coronavirus update on Thursday morning but are not...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Southern snow storm continues, as temperatures drop A snowstorm that swept through southern Finland in the last 36 hours continues on Wednesday, although snow will...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Snow storm brings dangerous driving conditions, power outages A snowstorm sweeping across western and southern Finland on Tuesday brings dangerous driving conditions to roads and...

Morning headlines: Monday 11th January 2021

Exceptionally heavy snowfall on the way from Monday night Meteorologists are warning of "exceptional" levels of snowfall with up to 30-40cm of accumulated snow forecast...

Morning headlines: Friday 8th January 2021

Minister calls for faster vaccine delivery from EU Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) has written to the EU's Health Commissioner calling for...

Morning headlines: Thursday 7th January 2021

Finnish leaders react to American political violence  Finnish leaders have reacted to a night of political violence in America, when armed supporters of US President...