Arts & Culture

Day of Equality celebrates Minna Canth’s legacy

Today Finland celebrates the Day of Equality, which is also the birthday of author and social influencer Minna Canth. Canth is the first Finnish woman to have her own flag day, which has been marked since 2007. She was born in...

WATCH: Espoo brewery sends ‘thirst aid’ to Australia

An Espoo brewery is sending some 'thirst aid' to Australia, by donating proceeds from a special beer to bushfire relief efforts. Fat Lizard Brewing in Otaniemi came up with the idea after seeing videos from the recent devastating fires across...

Finland picks crooner Aksel Kankaanranta for Eurovision 2020

Televoters and music juries have selected singer Aksel Kankaanranta to represent Finland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Kankaanranta was the only male contestant, and his pop-ballad 'Looking Back' scored 170 points at the Uuden Musiikin Kilpaulu UMK 2020 competition on...

Tom of Finland exposed at new London exhibition

One of Finland's most famous artists, Touko Laaksonen, is being celebrated in London with the UK's first public solo show dedicated to the gay cultural icon Tom of Finland. The new exhibition 'Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation' opened this...

Flag day for Tove Jansson and Finnish art

Artist Tove Jansson is one of the most influential Finns of the 20th century and now she'll be celebrated with a summer flag day. The Ministry of Interior recommends that flags are flown on Sunday 9th August - the anniversary...

Ähtäri pandas could soon be ready for love

There's growing signs that the female panda at Ähtäri Zoo could soon be ready for mating - a 48 hour window of opportunity that only happens once a year. Lumi and Pyry came to Finland from China two years ago...

Police detain two people in Oodi stabbing case

Helsinki Police say they've detained two people after a violent attempted robbery at Oodi Central Library on Sunday. The pair, a man and a woman, turned themselves in to police on Tuesday after learning  they were wanted in connection with...

Michelin stars shine for Finnish restaurants as latest awards are announced

The annual Michelin Awards for the Nordic region were revealed in Trondheim, Norway, on Monday evening. They're perhaps the most coveted awards in the culinary world, rewarding kitchen creativity, flavours and sustainability. This year a new Michelin Star was given to...

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...

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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....