Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky (L) of Finland wears a mask of an eagle owl as he celebrates with Paulus Arajuuri after the Euro 2020 Group J qualification football match between Finland and Liechtenstein in Helsinki, Finland, on November 15, 2019.

FINLAND’S NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM, KNOWN AS THE HUUHKAJAT (‘eagle-owls’) has long been considered more of a running joke than a source of national pride. However, with their recent shock win in the Euro qualifiers back in November, the world is finally starting to pay attention as the once-beleaguered team prepares to represent Finland on the world stage this summer. 

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Hackers at work, trying to break into 5G

Despite all the hysteria about its health effects and the battle over market share, the discussion about security the US campaign against Huawei, 5G is already here. Slowly but surely operators are colouring their coverage maps. Starting from big cities, the colouring of the maps designating the areas added to the fifth-generation high-speed internet is spreading fast. 

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Finnish lottery winners mostly want to stay anonymous. Image ICP

When on one crispy September morning, a young Finnish man from Ostrobothnia played a 20 cents round in an online jackpot game, he could not believe his eyes as the digits of the winning sum rolled into place on his phone: 4 853 321,69 euros! 

A life-changing sum for almost everyone on the planet, but not for Finns. A survey by the Finnish gaming company Veikkaus found out that nearly all Finnish lottery winners keep their win a secret, shared only to closest relatives or spouse. 

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Many Finns might now know it, but the country's gambling sector is evolving into a unique model for other nations.

For starters, Finland's state-directed gambling sector is highly successful. In an age when economists tend to downplay the role of nationalised industries, Veikkaus has managed to create an efficient, popular, and socially responsible role.

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Oheneba studies English Information Technology at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, the largest UAS in Finland. 

Oheneba is originally from Ghana, but he made Finland his home about six years ago. One of the main reasons he chose Finland was that it offered top-notch higher education in Engineering.

“The Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology is the best option for me. The multicultural environment in Metropolia gives you a perfect start towards an international career in a challenging and fast-developing field of Technology.

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When it comes to Finland’s reputation on the world stage, the first words that appear in the minds of most people are design, video gaming, and sometimes, Moomins. It is therefore hardly surprising that Finland continues to be ranked as one of the best places in the world to be a game developer. Surve

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The Tokyo Summer Olympic 2020 mascot is called Miraitowa, which is derived from the Japanese words mirai (future) and towa (eternity)

The winter is here, and soon it's time to say 'Goodbye' to 2019 and 'Hi' to 2020 – the spring of a new decade. In this article, we will look into the best sports events the upcoming year has to offer. 

After a remarkable murky November – Sweden has had its darkest November in over 100 years –, December is knocking on the door. A month that usually brings snow to the southern parts of Finland, and with snow there comes light. Yes, we are reaching the end of the year,

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Toivonen (under) got a submission from opponent last Friday in Kuala Lampur match

It was a cozy minus 30 degrees when Aleksi Toivonen left the comforts of home in Finland. When he arrived in Singapore it was plus 30 degrees, and sweltering, and his whole world had changed.

“My head was spinning,” says Toivonen. “I thought I was going to have heat stroke and I didn’t really know what was going on.”

He certainly does now. On Friday night the 27-year-old flyweight from Lahti made a winning debut with the Singapore-based ONE Championship martial arts promotion having secured a contract that Toivonen says came right out of the blue.

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The Finnish gaming industry is one of the fastest growing in the global gaming market with an average growth rate of 45%. In 2016, the Finnish gaming industry set a record-high turnover of 2.5 billion euros. The share of Finnish mobile game development was roughly 7% of the global revenue of 35 billion.

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Helsinki International Horse Show has brought world’s top riders to compete in Finland’s biggest indoor sport event

World number one in jumping Steve Guerdat, number two Martin Fuchs and number four Peder Fredricson among many other world class riders have travelled to Helsinki to take part in Finland’s top equestrian event of the year.

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A Viking reenactor plays the Nordic bagpipe

Tourism in Helsinki has never been as central to its local economy as it is right now. In 2017, the number of overnight stays in Helsinki shot up by 13%, crossing the four-million barrier for the first time in history, and overnight stays in the wider Helsinki region crossing 5.3 million. 

It’s stunning growth, but its source remains somewhat elusive. 

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Medical campus at the University of Tampere (Image: Lehtikuva)

DR. JOY HONEA, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF BILLINGS UNIVERSITY IN MONTANA, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to move to Finland in order to learn from the country’s acclaimed suicide prevention strategies.

The highly-competitive scholarship, which has produced dozens of Nobel Prize winners, is a state-funded initiative which aims to “encourage innovation in order to improve society”. Dr. Honea will be relocating from Montana to the University of Tampere in July 2020, where she will spend several months researching how Finland was able to bring down its once world-leading suicide rates. 

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St. Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city with a population of over five million people. Still, almost everything you want to see is located in a comfortable distance from each other at the historical centre. 

The city was built by Peter The Great in 1703 - right after it was conquered back from the Swedes. Peter, who grew up in Moscow and disliked his hometown, wanted to build a European style town in Russia. He was the first Russian Tsar to travel to Europe, spending over two years travelling around with his entourage.

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Finnish people are eschewing foreign holidays at an unprecedented rate, with last year showing a record increase in domestic tourism bookings, amidst a decline in the number of international trips. A number of reasons have been attributed to this emerging trend, including rising travel costs, environmental concerns, and a general revival of interest in local culture.

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THE TOWN OF LAITILA IN SOUTHWEST FINLAND has announced that a curfew for school-age minors will be introduced in full, following months of consultation and media attention over the controversial policy.

The curfew has been described by members of the local government as “unofficial” and “informal”, meaning that although a curfew for young people will be in place, it is not legally enforceable. This is because it was determined that a curfew enforced by law and police action would lack legal grounds and possibly be in violation of human rights law. 

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