Arts & Culture

WATCH: Penkkarit celebrations culminate in candy and colour

Students in many parts of the country are celebrating today with noisy and colourful penkkarit parades. Although some events already took place last week, the tradition culminates today in a cultural rite of passage that dates back generations as high...

Refurbished Olympic Stadium becomes the home of Design Week 2020

Helsinki Design Week will find a home this year at the Olympic Stadium, which is coming to the end of a multi-year major refurbishment.  Construction has been ongoing at the stadium since 2016 and it's set to open to...

Blini menus serve up a Finnish winter take on traditional dish

The perfect blini is soft and fluffy on the inside with a crispy shell on the outside that forms when they're fried in clarified butter in cast iron skillets. It's easy to see why blinis have become such a restaurant...

Museum visitor numbers set new record

The number of people visiting museums in Finland continues to grow, and in 2019 reached a new high. According to new figures from the National Board of Antiquities, around 7.6 million visits were made to professionally-run museums last year. The...

Flags flying for national poet – and eponymous cake eater – J.L. Runeberg

Finns commemorate the life and work of national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg today with flags and cake - and perhaps also by picking up a book. The poet, who lived in the 1800s, wrote the words to the Finnish national...

Jörn Donner: Oscar winner, cultural giant, diplomat and politician dies age 86

Finnish film producer, director and actor; acclaimed author; long-time politician and one-time diplomat Jörn Donner has died age 86. His wife said he passed away on Thursday at a Helsinki hospital surrounded by family members. He had been suffering from...

WATCH: Lions, dragons and fireworks in Helsinki signal Chinese New Year

Thousands of people came out to downtown Helsinki to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday. The Year of the Rat launched with a firework display over the China-themed area with red pavilions, a golden pagoda and traditional red lanterns. Chinese culture...

Chelsea Flower Show garden celebrates Finland’s Baltic coast

A Finnish garden at this year's Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London will celebrate the country's Baltic coast and sauna culture. 'The Finnish Soul' has been designed by landscape designer Taina Suonio, returning to the show for her second...

GALLERY: Vaasa sand sculptures

Students in Vaasa were forced to use sand this week in their annual snow sculpting contest due to a lack of snow! The competition took place on Tuesday afternoon, but because of the lack of snow, organisers made the decision...

Finland’s 2020 Eurovision hopefuls revealed

The six acts hoping to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam have been unveiled by public broadcaster Yle. Among them are an X Factor winner, a couple of former Voice of Finland contestants, and a girl group,...

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First coronavirus cases detected in Finnish nursing homes

The first confirmed cases of coronavirus have been detected in Finnish nursing homes. Three elderly residents have died at a care home in the Ylä-Savon...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 3rd April 2020

Here's our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest: 1,615 coronavirus cases, 20 deaths - information letters sent out. Rescued: Behind...

Coronavirus advice letters begin to arrive in homes

An information pack from the government and health authorities about coronavirus has begun to arrive in homes. It's part of the government's wider outreach to...

Google data reveals how Finns are avoiding shared spaces, and flocking to parks

New data released by tech giant Google shows how peoples' movement has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Communities Mobility Report for Finland...

VR waives railway restaurant rents for two months

State railways operator VR Group says it is waiving the rents of cafes and restaurants on its station properties across the country for two...

Mika Lintilä: “This is the worst moment of Finland’s economic history”

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) says the coronavirus crisis "is the worst moment of Finland's economic history" as he set out new...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd April 2020

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in...

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India

Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in an operation lead by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in...