Finance Minister Petteri Orpo (left) and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä at a plenary session on Monday, 19 June 2017. The Finnish Prime Minister survived a confidence vote this Tuesday, with MPs backing him 104 to 85.


With the dust still setting on a hectic two weeks in Finnish politics, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will have been relieved to receive a vote of confidence in Parliament on Tuesday. As reported by Reuters, the government may also have to be wary of members of the upstart Blue Reform taking Ritva Elomaa’s lead and rejoining the Finns Party.

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Finnish goaltender Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators is beaten by Justin Schultz of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 8, 2017.

Hot on the heels of the UK’s general election, this week’s roundup of international news saw former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb speak to Bloomberg about the “messy” situation the country now finds itself in.

Meanwhile, Sampo Terho wants the Finns party to remain in the coalition for the sake of the economy, while Finland donates €2 million to Somalia to help with women’s health programmes.

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This week’s roundup of international media includes Kimmo Tiilikainen, the Finnish Minister of Energy and the Environment, criticising US President Trump’s “negligence” in pulling out of the Paris climate deal.

The world reacted in dismay following US President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, with Finnish Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen adding his voice to a long list of international figures to express their concern over the situation.

In more positive news, entrepreneur Heli Kurjanen’s company Lunette has teamed up with H&M’s Monki to lead the world market in menstrual cups and promote period positivity.

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Tuska Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year from June 30 to July 2.

This year is a special one for Tuska Open Air Metal Festival as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. A beloved staple of the festival summer for many visitors from all over the world, Tuska has brought a heavy mix of metal to Helsinki for two decades and this year is no different. Taking place once again at Suvilahti, Finnish and international metal acts will deliver a weekend filled with music from Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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