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International educators take Finnish lessons as classrooms adapt to change

At Kalasatama primary school in east Helsinki, a class of noisy nine-year olds charges around the gym hall, dodging a ball thrown by their teacher. They're burning off some steam before heading back to lessons where art, maths, geography and...

Kokoomus candidate: “Why does multiculturalism not work?”

Officials from the National Coalition Party - known in Finnish as Kokoomus - are distancing themselves from an election candidate who used a campaign event to spread his views that multiculturalism doesn't work. It's the kind of rhetoric which shows...

Ready Player Yksi: Finland’s esports athletes get brand new training centre

A new training centre for some of Finland's most successful athletes has opened in downtown Helsinki. It's where the country's elite players will hone their skills: but you won't see a running track, astroturf or weights. Instead, the training centre is...

Local issues beat out national concerns on the campaign trail

With less than one month to go until the general election, candidates are making a big push to get their name and message out to the public. Last Thursday, individual candidates received their voting numbers and so this was the...

WATCH: “I’m afraid for the future” – thousands of students demand more climate change action

An estimated three thousand people marched through the streets of Helsinki today, most of them school students who took the day off classes to demand more action against climate change. Students also marched in other Finnish cities, part of a...

From London to Vantaa, Brexit chaos is already hurting Finnish businesses

On an industrial estate in Vantaa, the effects of Brexit are already being felt. Even though the United Kingdom hasn't yet left the European Union, the uncertainty of what comes next after 29th March makes life both complicated and worrying...

“A deadly cocktail against democracy” – fighting election fake news

Finnish officials are several weeks into a campaign to educate civil servants, political parties and the media about the threats of 'fake news' ahead of April's election, even as  debate around pressure-point topics becomes more polarizing. The education campaign is...

Steam on the beach – bringing Finnish sauna culture to an English spa town

As a Finn in the United Kingdom, there is nothing quite as depressing as having to rely on gym or spa saunas as your place of relaxation and contemplation. The damp, barely-warm room filled with the smell of chlorine that leaves you...

Big in Japan: Moomins lead Finnish mobile gaming invasion

Finland's most treasured cartoon characters are finding renewed fame and fortune in Japan, thanks to a surge in Moomin products entering the lucrative market. There's a glossy television series and a Moomin theme park, but it's a new mobile game...

Singing for Finland: Darude’s Eurovision decision

The Eurovision Song Contest is hosted by Israel this year for the first time in two decades, and Finland will - as usual - be hoping to win the annual music competition (or at the very least get a...

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Finland wraps up repatriation flights, after thousands brought home

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is bringing repatriation flights to an end, after returning 3,227 tourists back to Finland or their home countries in...

Finland begins first domestic face mask production

Three Finnish companies have started large-scale manufacturing of protective face masks this week. Ministers announced on Wednesday that Filterpak, Lifa Air and Teho Filter are...

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...

Number of unemployed jobseekers nearly doubles in April

The number of people out of work and looking for employment almost doubled in April compared with the year before, as the coronavirus crisis...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Unemployment numbers almost doubled in April The Ministry of Employment and Economy has published new figures which show the number of registered unemployed jobseekers at...

Coronavirus round-up: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus numbers and new heatmap from THL Confusion & delays for restaurants...

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...

Police search for scammer targeting foreigners with Helsinki apartments

Helsinki Police are investigating a scammer targeting foreigners and offering them bogus apartment rentals in the capital city. Authorities have taken the unusual step of...