According to a study conducted by the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), 3 per cent of Finns are facing gambling-related problems. The amount of players with a gambling problem has stayed the same over the past few years. However, during that same time playing at a high-risk level has been decreasing within both women and men. How will the Coronavirus pandemic affect these numbers, remains to be seen, but for now the numbers are looking surprisingly good. What are the factors that could explain these changes?
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Fifty-five per cent of Finnish citizens play mobile, console or PC video games according to analytical firm Statista. This translates to over €2.5 billion added to the country’s economy through in-game purchases and taxes.
But similar to many countries, Finland’s gaming sector is immensely diverse. It’s also a fast-growing industry thanks to snowballing gaming culture, adequately equipped studios and a supportive government.
Do you remember what news was on the headlines last month, last year or 10 years ago on this date?
Finland's national newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat has just turned 125 and its future, like the future of all other printed papers, has never looked grimmer. The past has on the other hand been glorious and diverse. The first issue of the paper came out in 1889. Back then it was called Päivälehti, simply "The Daily". Since then, the paper has reported a remarkable volume of news to its readers.
Heidi Miettinen knows that not all Finnish families can afford to buy Christmas presents for their children. She set up a Facebook group that is trying to fix this situation.
Heidi Miettinen was halted by the news: "Tens of thousands of Finnish homes can't afford Christmas food or gifts without help from others. 130,000 children live below the poverty line," reported YLE's website.
One of the most common stereotypes that I confront in Finland as a foreigner, and man of color, is that men like me moved to Finland to take Finnish women. First of all, this stereotype forces every foreign man and Finnish woman into a narrow stereotype that ignores the more positive story. Many of us just want to be productive members of Finnish society who want to work, fall in love, and maybe raise a family. Second, the notion of taking a Finnish woman, or any woman for that matter, renders that woman voiceless and incapable of making independent romantic choices.
A Finlandified Canadian lawyer and gaming company consultant, André Noël Chaker, has taken to becoming the Niilo Tarvajärvi of the digital age.
Chaker has lived in Finland for twenty years and truly believes in Santa Claus and wishes that others would as well. It is a much better business than it has been understood to be in Finland, he says. American economists even have their own term for Christmas economics: santanomics. Contrary to estimations of Finns, the brand price of Santa and Christmas should be counted in billions, says Chaker.
"EXPERIENCE GIFTS, yes, of course, I have given them!" says Villu Tommula who walked around the Christmas market on Senaatintori in Helsinki on 11 December. He and his wife had bought pants and socks with Angry Birds from there for their son's Christmas present, but they also plan to go to a spa together with the family. Pointing to the goods that they have just bought he states, "These are one thing, but going to a spa together, that is better for the soul!"
TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL did it once again: From June 26 to June 28 the 18th edition brought 25 000 metal heads together in Helsinki for a sunny, music packed weekend. 42 bands played on the three stages and made sure everyone would find something to their liking and the festival sauna offered the chance to take a refreshing, truly Finnish break. Also the food options stepped their game up: From tasty falafels to the stylish and delicious Black Dining restaurant the only thing you had to do to get a nice meal was make sure Helsinki’s infamous seagulls didn’t steal it.
Intensive training HIIT, an acronym for high intensity interval training, is a fight against pain. A couch potato should start a training regime of a softer kind so interest won't slump from the start, experts say.
A 30-second quick workout at full exertion and then a rest. It has the same effect as a traditional fitness training, but takes half the time.
Temperatures reaching below zero don't need to mean an entirely new jogging wardrobe.
Dressing in layers is a clever solution. Use the same wind and moisture proof jacket that you've been using until now and simply add an extra layer that removes sweat, suggests Kari Ahonen, head of the running school at the Finnish Sports Association.
Northern European countries have recently enjoyed an upswing in positive perception in the United States. A British journalist takes a closer look at the phenomenon, and isn't as impressed as those living on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
"What's there not to love?" actor Will Ferrell enthuses in the second episode of NBC's expat-comedy Welcome to Sweden. "Picking blueberries, outhouses, a year off if you have a baby – even if you don't have a baby, just a year off. Your family around constantly. Lagom – not too much, not too little. I mean, they're doing it right over here."
TEEMU Potapoff looked up to bouncers upon his very first visit to a watering hole at the age of 18. "They were alpha male among men, authoritative but more intimate than police officers," he recalls.
Potapoff at the time dreamt of becoming a pastor and was prepping for an entrance examination to study theology while spending his evenings at the gym. He accumulated work experience as a gym receptionist, a moving company worker and a parish youth worker.
One of the pop world's megastars, Kanye West, paid a flying visit to Finland on Tuesday, but he was not here to perform a gig.
Instead, West was attracted to wintery Helsinki by a fashion-related project involving Helsinki-based fashion designer Sasu Kauppi.
Sasu Kauppi's name is unlikely to ring many bells in Finland even though by rights it should.
Psychiatrist Antti S. Mattila holds an office advising on philosophy. He believes that all too often, people with depression are given medicine, when what they need is a change in lifestyle.
One will not find the office of philosophy unless one knows what one is looking for. The name written by the door is simply Mattila.
The daily rhythms of history's greatest figures have been revealed.
NEXT time your alarm goes off first thing in the morning, maybe it's not time to put on your slippers and shuffle off to the breakfast table, before jumping into the shower and heading off to work surrounded by the eerie silence that befalls public transport first thing in the morning.
How do you decide if you can trust someone? Is it based on their handshake, the way they look you in the eye or perhaps their body language?
We know that what someone wears has an effect on our trust in them. If you happen to be a doctor, 76 percent of us will favour you if you wear the white coat, compared with only 10 percent if you happen to just pop out in your surgical scrubs. Labels matter, too. In one test, four times as many people were willing to stop and answer a survey on one day compared to another. The difference? Whether the interviewer had a designer label on their sweatshirt. But what if you had to decide whether to trust someone without knowing the gear they were togged up in? Without knowing anything about them at all?