Arts & Culture

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...

One hundred days until Christmas – summer is definitely over!

If you're keeping count - and we are - there's just 100 days to go until Christmas. The heart of Finland's Christmas industry is in Rovaniemi and they're gearing up already for the upcoming season, leaving summer far behind. "Of course...

GALLERY: Close-ups with Finland’s insects of autumn

After a few last days of sunshine and warm weather that made it feel like summer again, autumn seems to have arrived across the whole country. As the seasons change, so do the plants, birds, animals and insects. But if you...

Puppy parade goes virtual after dog disease fears

Organisers of the annual Puppy Parade in Helsinki say they're canceling this year's events over fears of a mysterious dog illness that's killed a number of pets in neighbouring Norway. The event was due to take place on Sunday afternoon...

Fifty drug busts during Seinäjoki hip hop festival

Police in Seinäjoki say they've made almost fifty drug busts during a two-day music festival in the northern city. The Seinäjoki Hip Hop Festival ran for two nights on Friday and Saturday, and featured international artists like supergroup La Coka...

Finnish war hero’s story gets homoerotic re-telling by American writer

Respected American magazine The Atlantic has raised some eyebrows with a short story in its latest issue. Written by award-winning author Arna Bontemps Hemenway the story, called 'Wolves of Karelia', is a dramatic re-imagining of the life of Finnish war...

Helsinki’s Oodi wins world’s best new library award

Helsinki's Oodi Central Library has won the title of world's best new public library. It was chosen at the World Library and Information Congress which is taking place in Athens this week. The annual Public Library of the Year award is...

Small town hits the jackpot with huge lottery win

The small Finnish town of Siilijärvi - or Hedgehog Lake in English - has dozens of new millionaires after striking gold with a big lottery win. A syndicate of 50 players each put €10 regularly into the pot to buy...

Convicted American rapper A$AP Rocky set to play in Tampere

Controversial American rapper A$AP Rocky, convicted this week in Sweden of assault, is set to play Tampere's Blockfest hip hop music festival on Friday night. The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage, were...

Flow Festival feasts to the rhythm of sustainable food

While festival attract the crowds with headline music acts, they also have some other tricks up their sleeve to pull in the punters. Flow Festival, taking place this weekend in Helsinki's Suvilahti neighbourhood, organises a walk from the city centre;...

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Coronavirus round-up: Thursday 28th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Conflicting messages on domestic summer travel Mixed reaction...

Municipal workers reach new pay and conditions deal

Thousands of workers in the municipal sector, including some teachers, nurses and other  healthcare workers, will be covered by a new collective bargaining contract...

Stay or go? Conflicting signals on domestic summer travel

Should you go to summer cottage this weekend, or stay at home? Are you allowed to plan a domestic travel 'staycation' this summer or...

Prime Minister’s sick leave continues until the end of the week

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is on sick leave until the end of the week. In a statement, the PM's office says she is suffering from...

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods

Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years, with up to 5-meter surges that threaten...

Cautious government response, critical opposition response to EU recovery plan

The Government has given a guarded response to the new EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, while Finland's main opposition parties have been more critical. On...

Morning headlines: Thursday 28th May 2020

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years,...

Coronavirus round-up: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Finland begins first domestic face mask production Unemployment...