Arts & Culture

Barbecue books: Libraries to offer grills on loan for summer

Finns are known for their love of libraries - and in the summer also known for their love of outdoor grilling. So it's perhaps not surprising that a number of libraries around the country are taking part in a new...

Turku plans drive-in entertainment for coronavirus summer

The Turku Exhibition Centre has come up with an imaginative summer programme to bring audiences together for concerts, cinema, comedy and karaoke - but still comply with social distancing regulations. The venue is converting part of its grounds into a...

Island life: Finnish chef wins Swedish reality TV show

A chef from Åland has been crowned winner of the latest season of the Swedish reality TV show Expedition Robinson - known in other countries as Survivor. Michael “Micke” Björklund was revealed as the winner of the show on Sunday...

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 you from WhatsApp and now you know my phone number!" she exclaims, having informed me...

Helsinki plans Senate Square summer transformation

The City of Helsinki plans to transform Senate Square into an outdoor restaurant and hang-out spot - complete with social distancing. During the summer the city centre square would usually be thronged with tourists and crowded with tour buses. But...

Netflix shines a global spotlight on Turku’s food and design scene

Netflix is shining a global spotlight on Turku's food and design scene, as the new season of a restaurant makeover show lands on the streaming platform. 'Restaurants on the Edge' brings together a chef, a restaurateur and an interior designer...

WATCH: Thousand-strong virtual choir commemorates Veteran’s Day anniversary

Flags are flying in Finland to mark Veteran's Day - which this year also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Lapland War. On this day in 1945 the last German forces crossed the border at Enontekiö into...

As Finland puzzles over coronavirus, a nostalgic pastime boosts mental health

The coronavirus epidemic has ushered in a time of uncertainty for Finns: uncertainty over the economy and their jobs; uncertainty over their health, and risks to themselves and their families. But while people are coming up with new ways to...

Summer festivals press pause, waiting for government coronavirus decision

Festival organisers are hoping for a clear indication from the government about the fate of their summer events. Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said this week that she would announce a decision in April about whether festivals are allowed to go...

Lahti orchestra embraces technology for online Sibelius celebration

More than 60 Finnish classical musicians have joined together online - but remotely - to record a coronavirus-inspired version of the Sibelius classic Finlandia. Sinfonia Lahti recorded the new version last week, and it's already become a YouTube hit. "We have...

Latest News

Everything changes: Your guide to coronavirus life in Finland from 1st June

On Monday 1st June there is a whole range of new rules, regulations and recommendations coming into play as coronavirus restrictions are eased. While the...

Foreign Minister: Finland engages with China and America on problem subjects

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that Finland will be taking opportunities in the coming months to press China and the USA to live...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 29th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL New guidelines: yes, it's okay to travel around...

New guidelines: Yes, it’s okay to travel around the country

New guidelines issued by the Government on Friday confirm that yes, domestic travel is allowed again, as long as people take sensible precautions. There had...

Parliament approves new rules to open restaurants, cafes and bars

Parliament and the President approved new temporary amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act on Friday, which makes it possible for restaurants, bars and cafes...

No decision on mandatory face masks – but ‘no strong scientific evidence’ say experts

A study commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health about the use of face masks during the coronavirus pandemic has been completed...

Morning headlines: Friday 29th May 2020

Restaurant opening law to get Parliament vote today A law that could allow Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars to open up for business again will...

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...