Arts & Culture

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th century in Kainuu, wrote his first work age 12, and by age 18 had already...

Senate Square gears up for socially-distant summer reinvention

Helsinki's Senate Square, usually the focal point of tourist activity in the capital during summer, is getting a socially-distant reinvention. On 1st July the square will become a summer urban garden with bars, restaurants and music, in a bid to...

Finnish finally gets Duolingo treatment with new app-based course

It's been one of Duolingo's most commonly-requested language courses, and now Finnish is getting its own lessons on the popular mobile phone app. From Wednesday language enthusiasts can begin learning Finnish in ten-minute-per-day chunks, from a course put together by...

Young Finnish conductor appointed to prestigious Paris Orchestra

A young Finnish conductor has been named as the new musical director of the Paris Orchestra, the latest accolade in an already glittering symphonic career. Twenty four-year old Klaus Mäkelä had his appointment announced by the French Minister of Culture...

Hold the sausages! A century of Finland’s changing Midsummer traditions

As people in Finland enjoy the long Midsummer weekend holiday - with mostly hot weather this year - they're taking part in annual rituals that signal the start of summer. There's trips to summer cottages, grilling sausages, going to sauna...

Helsinki Day festivities serve virtual events and rhubarb pie

The Finnish capital city is celebrating its 470th anniversary, but this year's Helsinki Day festivities are going online due to social distancing concerns during the coronavirus epidemic. On June 12th 1550 King Gustav Vasa of Sweden established the city of...

Pride postponed – but issues linger in Finland around flags, advocacy and ‘pinkwashing’

Pride events in Finland, and around the world, are postponed. Usually a month filled with colour, music and diversity, June this year is more subdued as plans to celebrate LGBTQI culture are on hold until the autumn. In Lapland, Arctic Pride...

Popcorn summer: Finnkino announces cinema re-openings

Finland's biggest cinema chain Finnkino says it will start re-opening its cinemas, which have been closed during the coronavirus crisis. Screens at Helsinki's Tennispalatsi and Itis movie complexes, and at Turku's Kinopalatsi will begin showing films from Wednesday 24th June....

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...

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

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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...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...