Arts & Culture

GALLERY: Red, green and gold – Lapland’s ‘ruska’ colours

At this time of year Finland's forests and fells are rapidly changing through the short autumn season when the leaves turn many different shades. This is known as 'ruska' in Finnish, where the vivid reds from bilberry and lingonberry bushes...

Makia clothing brand responds to design plagiarism accusations

It should have been a landmark week for Finnish fashion brand Makia, as the company launched a capsule collection with CupOfTherapy to raise awareness of mental health issues. Instead, the trendy Helsinki-based clothing company has been in the headlines for all...

Finland celebrates Day of Literature, with flags flying for Aleksis Kivi

Flags are flying across the country today 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, Kivi studied literature...

Torille? Finnish underground car park chosen as the best in Europe

Finns love a celebration when they're crowned the best in the world - whether it's ice hockey or, well, basically just ice hockey. But what about underground car parks? Proud Finns might like to know that a parking structure under...

Fast fingers: Aalto researchers track smartphone typing speeds

How quickly can you type a message on your smartphone? Researchers at Aalto University found that typing speeds on phones are almost reaching the same speeds as a traditional computer keyboard - with one person managing 85 words per minute...

News Now Finland journalism nominated for European award

Dutch media NGO Free Press Unlimited has nominated News Now Finland journalist Elias Huuhtanen for the 2019 Newcomer of the Year - Hans Verlploeg Award. Huuhtanen, 24, is nominated for his work on three investigations into Finnish state-owned companies Patria and...

Tampere unveils ‘walk of fame’ for Finnish music stars

Tampere has unveiled its very own equivalent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tähtikatu - Star Street - celebrates the achievements of famous Finnish musicians for their contribution to the arts with gold stars inlaid on the pavement. The public got...

Viking actor’s soup brings in the bread for wildlife charity

A Finnish actor's traditional salmon soup is so popular, it's netted a fat donation to the WWF. Jasper Pääkkönen, famous for his roles on TV historical drama Vikings, and Spike Lee's Blackkklansman movie, has been serving his own recipe salmon...

Love & Anarchy Festival begins with gender parity pledge

Lights, cameras, action! The 32nd annual Helsinki International Film Festival HIFF Love & Anarchy gets underway on Thursday and this year it's making a new pledge on gender equality. Love & Anarchy is one of a growing number of festivals to...

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Foreign Minister: Hong Kong extradition treaty should not be applied

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says an extradition treaty between Finland and China “should not be applied” any longer because it means that suspects would...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 14th July 2020

Foreign Minister: Hong Kong extradition treaty should not be applied Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that an extradition treaty between Finland and China "should not...

Finns Party MEP likens the European Union to the Soviet Union

One of the Finns Party's two MEPs in Brussels, Laura Huhtasaari, has likened the European Union to the Soviet Union. It's not the first time the...

Otkes starts investigation into Jyväskylä senior home fire 

The Accident Investigation Board Otkes is starting an investigation today into a fire at a seniors home in Jyväskylä which saw 168 elderly people...

Finland relaxes restrictions on borders, restaurants, bars and cafes

A range of coronavirus-related restrictions are easing in Finland today, as the country moves to a phase of 'new normal' in the pandemic. Restrictions on...

Morning headlines: Monday 13th July 2020

EU Minister: Finland wants to know clearly all EU coronavirus funding liabilities Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will join other EU leaders in Brussels this week...

Europe Minister: Finland wants to know all EU coronavirus recovery package liabilities are clear

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will join other EU leaders in Brussels this week for a summit, the first time they've met in person...

LISTEN: Summer Podkäst episode 2 out now

Just in time for the weekend, the second episode of our summer Podkäst is available now. On this week's show Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) talks...