Arts & Culture

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,...

Snow sculptors in Vaasa forced to use sand due to warm winter

An annual snow sculpting competition in Vaasa Market Square has had to swap snow for sand. The competition is set to begin on Tuesday afternoon, but because of the lack of snow, organisers made the decision to bring in piles...

Flow announces more international acts for summer festival

Summer might seem like a long time away, but Finland's festival season is just around the corner and one of the biggest arts events on the calendar each year has just announced the first wave of big international acts. Flow...

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Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...

Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

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...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

Finns get comfortable and relax during lockdown

Finns are getting comfortable and relaxing at home during the coronavirus lockdown, spending more money on spa treatments and leisure wear clothing according to...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the...