Pekka Strang as Touko Laaksonen in this year’s Tom of Finland film. American magazine The Advocate spoke with Strang and director Dome Karukoski as they took a closer look at the relevance of Tom of Finland today.

Following the news that Finland was ranked as the country that does most to protect freedom of information, The Washington Post discussed how the Nordic country still lags behind the United States in some key areas.

On the other side of the pond, the Financial Times used Finland’s Olkiluoto power plant as an example in demonstrating how nuclear energy developments have been facing difficulties since the Fukushima disaster of 2011.

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Why has Finland been so successful in Formula One? Following Valtteri Bottas’ triumph in Sochi, the BBC examined a history of Finnish success in motorsport.

Finland’s trial of a basic monthly income was discussed in The Independent this week, with the British newspaper reporting that the policy leads to a reduction in stress levels.

Immigration and Finland was another big theme. While Finland was one of two EU countries to fulfil its pledge in relocating migrants over the last two years, the country’s Finance Minister has been quoted by Reuters as saying that less welcoming countries shouldn't receive the same amount of funds from the EU.

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Helsinki was judged to be the most gender-equal city in the world in this year’s Millennial Cities Ranking.

Helsinki scored highest for openness in a new ranking carried out by housing aggregator Nestpick. Taking into account thousands of cities from around the world, the Millennial Cities Ranking determined the top 100 places for millennials to live in 2017.

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Ville Tavio, Member of Parliament for the Finns Party

MP Talk gives members of parliament the opportunity to share their views on Finnish society with an international audience. The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Helsinki Times.

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Lisa Tobiasson, left, and Yasmin Samaletdin of Luckan Integration

The Circle is a program that brings four strangers together and gives them a reason to connect. Meeting up four times in total, each participant takes it in turns to host the other three and provide the group with a task to do. The program gives participants a hands-on way of meeting new people, with each get-together having a purpose behind it and a common goal to aim towards.

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Actor and performance artist Shia LaBeouf has faced provocation by users of online forums during his #ALONETOGETHER exhibition at Helsinki’s Kiasma museum.

When Shia LaBeouf began his new performance art project in Finland, he most likely hoped that his problems with online trolls were over. Now it appears that his relocation to an isolated Lapland cabin hasn’t stopped his tormentors from springing up again.

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Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, and Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, during the official dinner in Helsinki on 5th April, 2017. President Xi’s state visit to Finland has dominated the headlines this week.

President Xi’s state visit of Finland had the international media stirring this week, inspiring a slew of articles from all directions. The Global Times wrote about the growing economic relationship between China and Finland, while the Financial Times reported on Finland’s role in improving Chinese-American relations.

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After witnessing the result of Brexit, Finnish Finance Minister Petteri Orpo believes that no further EU members will want to follow in the UK’s footsteps.

Finnish Finance Minister Petteri Orpo has certainly been popular in the world press over the last 10 days. His quotes about Brexit were picked up by the Financial Express, while his thoughts on Finland approaching the end of austerity were the subject of a feature by Bloomberg.

In other news, Finland is ranked as the most eco-friendly country on Earth,

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US actor Shia LaBeouf is currently in a wooden cabin somewhere in Lapland

Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf is teaming up with Finnish museum Kiasma as part of his latest performance art project. Titled #ALONETOGETHER, the project will allow visitors to speak directly to LaBeouf and his collaborators, although the performers will only be able to respond via text message.

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Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, arrived in Finland today on a three-day state visit.

Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, begins his state visit of Finland today. Joined by a delegation that includes his wife and First Lady of China Peng Liyuan, President Xi will remain in Finland until Thursday, 6 April. He will then fly out to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where he will meet US President Donald Trump.

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