Arts & Culture

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;...

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...

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First group of child migrants arrives in Mediterranean deal

The first group of children and young people from refugee camps in the Mediterranean region arrived in Finland on Wednesday. The 24 minors, aged 10...

Finland opening borders to more foreign travelers

The government says it's easing border restrictions with more than 20 countries, so that visitors will be able to come to Finland for any...

HS: Pekka Haavisto facing two police charges over al-Hol handling

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is facing two police charges over his handling of the al-Hol refugee situation, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The newspaper reports that...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 8th July 2020

Government hold talks on opening the borders Government ministers are meeting at House of the Estates in Helsinki today to discuss the possibilities of further...

VR ending ticket sales, laying off staff at five mainline stations

Finnish railways operator VR is to end ticket sales at five mainline stations, and potentially making 13 staff unemployed. Dedicated VR ticket sales offices at...

Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...