Arts & Culture

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;...

Flow Festival flexes its muscles with drag, opera and art

If you haven't been to Flow Festival recently, things have changed. The event, at a disused power station in Helsinki's Suvilahti neighbourhood, used to be known primarily for its music and food - a rollicking good time for tens of...

WATCH: Prepare for travel delays at Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking second concert

Global superstar Ed Sheeran is preparing for his second concert on Wednesday night at Malmi Airport. Over the course of two days more than 100,000 fans will see the musician rock the stage in what is being billed as Finland's biggest-ever...

Metallica amp up their visit with children’s charity donation

Rock group Metallica played in Hämeenlinna on Tuesday night as part of their Worldwired tour, and took the time to make a generous donation to a local charity. The group gave a cheque for €55,000 to Hope Ry, a Helsinki-based charity...

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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...

Crisis impacts Finland’s buying and renting house markets

The coronavirus crisis is having a negative impact on Finland's housing market. Mortgage credit association Hypo says it could lead to a 2% fall in...