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World Refugee Day: Finnish Experts Caring For Torture Victims

In the past few years tens of thousands of migrants have arrived in Finland. The majority were asylum seekers who fled conflicts in the Middle East; while others were quota refugees, brought here through official United Nations or NGO programmes...

Debris Sea: Tackling Finland’s Plastic Waste Problem

More than 8 million tonnes of plastics ends up in the world's oceans every year. According to the United Nations, more than 80% of all litter in the oceans is plastic, and we dump the equivalent of one garbage truck...

Lappeenranta’s Bid For World Cup Business Stalls

The 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia today, and with two million tickets sold, hundreds of thousands of fans from all round the world are expected to arrive at the tournament. Organisers are hoping to pack stadiums in big...

More Finns Applying To UK Universities Despite Brexit Uncertainty

More Finnish students are applying to study at British universities, despite the ongoing uncertainties over what a final Brexit deal will look like or how it may impact their stay in UK. According to new figures obtained from UCAS, the central...

Love Island: Finland’s EU Relationship Re-Imagined

If Finland and the EU were on a reality TV show, what would their relationship be like? Imagine the show is Love Island, and there's other countries there too. How would they interact, and what would they learn from each...

WEEKEND: The Lahti Musicians Playing A Different Tune For Climate Change

Musicians in Lahti are blowing a lot of hot air, and thinking about its environmental impact. The Lahti Symphony Orchestra aims to be Finland's first carbon neutral orchestra. Although the concept is just now getting fully underway, it's already won an...

Celebrating Ramadan In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

After hours of preparation in the kitchen, Umm Ali is ready to break her day of fasting, and share the traditional iftar meal with her children, grandchildren, niece and sister in Espoo. The sun dipped below the horizon at 22:18...

WEEKEND: Uncovering 100 Years Of Finland’s Diplomatic Secrets

The Finnish Foreign Ministry is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its official founding, in June 1918. To mark the centenary, the ministry has embarked on a public relations charm offensive, with a photo exhibition, and a roadshow to Finnish cities...

Turku Newspaper Brownface Stunt Branded ‘A Racist Ego Trip’

A Turku newspaper has been criticised for giving a 'makeover' to a white journalist to make him look like an ethnic Romani, then sending him on assignment to get reaction from people in the city. The purpose of the stunt...

Early Summer Sun Boosts Crops On Finnish Farms

Finland's farmers are making hay while the sun shines. The early start to summer with temperatures as high as +29C in the last few weeks have helped boost an industry hit with bad weather and poor harvests just last autumn. Crops...

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PM in Brussels: “We have to be ambitious, but we also have to be realistic”

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has set out her opening gambit in Brussels, ahead of multi-year budget talks that are likely to be contentious. Speaking to...

Finland’s flu season spreading slower than expected

It's that time of year, when it seems like lots of people are falling sick with seasonal influenza. This year however, the flu epidemic is...

Morning headlines: Thursday 20th February 2020

Sunshine living: Meet the residents of Little Finland, Spain Tens of thousands of Finns chose to live on the Costa del Sol either full time,...

Sunshine living: Meet the residents of Little Finland, Spain

It's Thursday night at the Bar Cosmos and a steady stream of customer queues up to order lonkero, and shots of minttu. An older gentleman...

Britain imposes new restrictions for Finns who want to work in UK

The British Government has raised the bar on Finns - and other Europeans - who want to move to the UK after Brexit. From January...

Capital region shoppers are Finland’s biggest organic food buyers

The Helsinki capital region is the country's biggest market for organic food, according to retailer HOK-Elanto. The company - which operates S-Market, Alepa, Sale, Prismo...

Embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto facing Parliament, criminal investigations

Finland's embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Greens) whose leadership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been beset with allegations of bullying and poor staff...

New poll provides some political relief for government’s biggest parties

A new political poll from Helsingin Sanomat published on Wednesday provides some good news for the two main parties in government. Both the Social Democrats...