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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...

Helsinki Plans Immigrant Education Shake-Up

Helsinki City Council is expected to approve an overhaul of its education provisions this month, to try and improve qualifications and opportunities for students with immigrant backgrounds. It comes as repeated studies show children with one or both immigrant parents...

Saara Aalto Ready To Slay Finland’s Eurovision Monsters

Finnish singer Saara Aalto is already having the biggest week of her professional career, with her brand new international album Wild Wild Wonderland landing at number one in the Finnish charts. Britain's Metro newspaper calls it "one of the best pop albums...

Espoo’s Hopes Of Resurrecting Pro-Hockey Put On Ice

Any hopes of resurrecting professional ice hockey in Espoo have been put on ice, at least for the next few years. In April, Espoo United went into bankruptcy, the second time in two years that a pro hockey franchise in...

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Coronavirus epidemic means fewer summer jobs available

The number of summer jobs available this year in Finland has dropped compared to the year before. According to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade...

Finns wary about long-term damage to the economy from coronavirus

The majority of Finns say that although they accept there's gloomy economic times ahead, they're in agreement that there needs to be some exceptional...

Police investigate booby-trapped apartment bomb, a death inside and two injured officers

Two police officers were injured in an explosion on Monday night after trying to open the door of a booby-trapped apartment in Espoo. One body...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date Finland’s restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next...

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date

Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next Monday 1st June, but there's so much confusion and delay...

Coronavirus round-up: Monday 25th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus numbers from THL Ministry wants to buy €100 million worth of...

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...

Ministry wants to order €100 million worth of protective equipment

The Ministry of Health has submitted a procurement proposal to buy €100 million worth of protective equipment for the National Emergency Supply Agency NESA,...