Arts & Culture

Pick 6: Quirky capital city saunas for autumn

November is arguably the most grim month of the year: the temperatures drop, the leaves are gone, clocks shift back an hour and many people in Finland struggle with the darkness. So what better way to lift the spirits and...

Helsinki museum gifted “millions” by mysterious art lover

A Helsinki museum has received more than a million euros in a donation from a mystery benfactor. The Didrichsen Art Museum in Kuusisaari has been given a sum of money "in the millions" to add to its its investment portfolio,...

Bookworms: Helsinki libraries welcome a visitor boom

For the past two decades libraries around the world have been struggling to stay relevant for their communities, as the internet put books at peoples' fingertips. Finland bucks the trend, where libraries diversified into community hubs, and Helsink in particular...

Finnish-Swedish Heritage Day celebrated in Finland

November 6th marks the annual Swedish Heritage Day - or Svenska Dagen - in Finland. The event celebrates the contribution that Swedish-speaking Finns have made to the history and culture of the country and has been celebrated annually since 1908. The...

Hot rocks: Japanese enthusiasts turn sauna volume up to 11

Sauna enthusiasts in Japan are blasting away the notion of a traditional Finnish sauna as a quiet place to relax and contemplate the steam of life, by playing heavy metal music. The heavy metal sauna was featured at Japan Sauna...

Culture vultures: Museokortti triples the cardholder’s museum visits

People who buy a Museum Card Museokortti go to museums three times more than people without one. That's the findings of a large new survey carried out by researchers at Aalto University in Espoo, into the habits of people with...

The theme for this year’s Independence Day reception announced

The theme of this year's Independence Day reception will be knowledge and discussion. The annual event sees President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio welcome nearly 2000 guests to the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on 6th December. "Finland's strength has...

More local news in English for the capital city region

If you've opened the pages of Helsingin Uutiset, Vantaan Sanomat or Länsiväylä newspapers recently you might have noticed something new. We've partnered with publisher Etelä-Suomen Media Oy to cooperate on sharing journalism content - so at the end of each month you can find...

Really? Russian tourists think Helsinki is Europe’s most boring city

There's a constant stream of Russian tourists visiting the capital of Finland, but what do our eastern neighbours really think of Helsinki? A new social media survey in Russia finds that 30% of respondents say Helsinki is the most boring...

Greens pull funding for Vihreä Lanka party magazine

The Green League political party has decided to withdraw funding for its magazine Vihreä Lanka - Green Yarn - at the end of the year, effectively shutting down the 36-year old publication. In a statement, the Greens note that they...

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Morning headlines: Wednesday 12th August 2020

Li Andersson: 'Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring' Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw...

Li Andersson interview: ‘Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring’

Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw classes suspended during the worst of the coronavirus epidemic...

Turku knife attack hero in court over compensation fraud 

A British man hailed as a hero during the Turku terror attack was in court Tuesday facing charges of fraud. Hassan Zubier, who lives in...

Finland’s top diplomat in Beirut: ‘Lebanese people seem to be tired of rising from the ashes’

The Muslim call to prayer echoed from mosques across Lebanon on Tuesday evening, as church bells tolled at exactly 18:09, a week after a...

Minister of Justice caught out by announcement of strict quarantine rules

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (RKP) was apparently caught out by a Monday night announcement from Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) that...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 11th August 2020

New testing regime, and fines or prison time for travelers who don't self-isolate Finland will introduce fines or even a possible three month prison sentence...

Minister: Fines or prison time for travelers who don’t self-isolate

Finland will introduce fines or even a possible three month prison sentence for people who refuse to go into self-isolation when they arrive from...

Investigators scour social media video for Hanko powerboat crash clues

Accident investigators are scouring social media video to find different views of a boat crash that left a child of primary school age dead,...