Finland in the World Press

  • Returning jihadists, street artists from Benin, and universal basic income - Finland in the World Press

    FOLLOWING CALLS FROM US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMPfor European allies to “take back” jihadists who left their countries to join IS, Finland took steps to prepare for such an eventuality.

    Unlike countries such as the UK and France, which have already refused to accept former IS fighters back into the country and have even taken steps to revoke their citizenship, Finland has taken a more conciliatory tone.

  • Rural migration concerns, lab-grown coffee and tech specialist shortage: Finland in the world press

    Several international newspapers have been reporting on a phenomenon that has become a matter of concern for authorities in rural Finland—the exodus of young women to larger towns and cities. 

    Finland’s rural municipalities are largely dominated by the agriculture and construction industries and offer few jobs for highly-skilled young women, who often associate the region with limited opportunities and boredom. 

  • Russian election meddling, AI training for prisoners, and Finland’s gambling addiction – Finland in the World Press  

    WITH ELECTORAL CAMPAIGNING HEATING UP, the international media is beginning to focus its attention on Russia’s role in interfering with elections, and the Finnish government’s defensive response. Russia has faced allegations of using an army of “trolls” and bots to spread misinformation about electoral candidates across Europe, as part of an effort to swing public opinion toward more right-wing, pro-Russian parties.

  • Santa’s football club, sauna culture and sustainability: Finland in the world press

    Finland’s Christmas-themed football clubFC Santa Claus was in the spotlight this week, with multiple news outlets covering the popular team’s journey through the national football league. 

    The club, which was formed in 1993 and is based in Rovaniemi, enjoys a large fanbase among local as well as global audiences. 

    While the team has not met with much success on the field and is currently in the fourth division of the league, it is known for its festive spirit. 

  • Seven Brothers, new reality show and floorball champions: Finland in the world press

    Finland’s national novel Seven Brothers (Seitsemän veljestä)came into the spotlight this week when BBC published an article highlighting its history and cultural impact. While it was not well received during its time, the seminal work has come to be inextricably linked with Finland’s national identity.

    First published in 1870,Seven Brotherswas the first novel written in Finnish, at a time when the language had not yet acquired legitimacy as a literary medium and the nationalist movement was just beginning to gain traction.

  • Sexting a crime, Sanna Marin a feminist icon and a new supercomputer: Finland in the world press 

    Finland received attentionfrom international news outlets this week when the parliament debated whether to make unsolicited sexting an offense punishable by law. Finnish lawmakers claimed that sending someone explicit photos without their permission constitutes sexual harassment and is comparable to unwanted physical contact. 

    Finnish Prime MinisterSanna Marinwas also the subject of speculation this week,

  • Shoeless sprinters, fake news and universal healthcare: Finland in the world press

    Finnish sports enthusiastshave embraced a new trend—running through snow wearing only socks and no shoes. The latest craze hit headlines across the world this week, with many marvelling at the phenomenon.  

    According to those who indulge in the practice, running without footwear—even in snow that reaches depths of half a meter—provides a sense of freedom.

  • Sisu and the American Dream, cheaper childcare, and cannabis legalisation - Finland in the World Press

    THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD PRESS, the US business magazineForbesran a lengthy editorial about the Finnish concept of‘Sisu’, and how it can be compared to the “American Dream”.

    Meanwhile,CBS Newshas been covering Finland’s social security system throughout the week as part of theirWorld of Mothers series. Several articles have been penned covering the lower costs of childcare in Finland, discussing why such a situation does not exist in the United States.

  • Social distancing skills, environmental concerns and Moomins in Korea: Finland in the world press

     International news outletsthis week highlighted how Finnish citizens have adapted well to social distancing, attributing their positive attitude towards isolation to a culture that values personal space. 

    The Finn’s natural propensity for solitude, coupled with the country’s low population density and remote location has aided in its fight against COVID-19. 

  • Sports hijabs, carbon neutrality and TikTok vs TV: Finland in the world press

    The National League(Kansallinen Liga), Finland’s top division of women’s football, graced headlines this week when it announced plans to provide a sports hijab to any player that requests one.  

    Until now, football teams in Finland offered children kits, socks and shorts. The addition of hijabs is aimed at increasing inclusivity and making the sport more accessible to members of all communities and religions.   

  • Stone-age sculpture, delivery robots and badminton: Finland in the world press

    A snake-like sculpture dating back to the stone age, which was unearthed in Finland last year, has received significant attention from international news outlets this week. 

    The 4,000-year-old, 21-inch-long relic was discovered at the Järvensuo I site in Southwest Finland and was carved to reflect the serpentine curves and likeness of a snake. Researchers at the University of Turku note that such a finding is rare for Neolithic Northern Europe, as figurines of animals like waterfowl or elk are more commonly excavated.

  • Supertrains, sweeper robots and EdTech: Finland in the world press 

    Finnish railway companyVR Transpoint made international headlines this week when it unveiled a “super train” that weighs the equivalent of 92 trucks when fully loaded. 

    The one-kilometre long train, named Mörkö (after the fictional character in the popular Moomin series), carries 7,000 tonnes of weight and 80 wagons, breaking the Finnish record for train tonnage. 

  • Swamp volleyball, higher education flaws and climate concerns: Finland in the world press

    The Finnish sport of “Suolentis” (Suolentopallo) or swamp volleyball made a splash this week, with the New York Post reporting on the world championship that took place last weekend.

    Over eighty teams participated in the event, which was held at Haukivuori, Eastern Finland. The rules of thesport, which involves playing volleyball knee-deep in mud, are similar to that of beach volleyball.   

  • Therapeutic berry picking, autonomous train and pensions: Finland in the world press

    Finland’s reverencefor cloudberries or “lakka” came into focus this week when National Geographic published an article about the age-old Finnish practice of mindful wild berry picking in summer. 

    Respect for nature and contemplative silence are ideals that are deeply ingrained in Finnish culture, with Finns seeking quiet, meditative solitude in forests long before the concept of “forest bathing” emerged. 

  • Tree hugging contest, pharmacy drones and Read Hour: Finland in the world press

    Yet another quirkyFinnish custom caught the fancy of international media this week as the annual tree hugging world championships were held in the HaliPuu forest in Levi, Lapland last weekend.

    The championship, which only began last year, includes three categories of tree hugging: speed hugging, dedication and freestyle hugging. This year’s event included contestants (all residents of the nearby town of Levi) representing Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Australia, Scotland, Hungary and Spain.

  • Trumpism comes to Finland, exporting happiness, and Kardashians in Lapland – Finland in the World Press  

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS OUTLETS THIS WEEK began to take notice of the recent surge in support for the far-right Finns Party, which has seen them go from sixth to second place in the polls, closely trailing the Social Democrats by just a few percentage points. One American broadsheet described the development as evidence that ‘Trumpism’ has finally gained a foothold in Finland, whilst also suggesting that Finn’s viewpoints on migration are divorced from reality.  

  • Underground city, gambling restrictions and largest hotel: Finland in the world press

    Helsinki’s underground tunnel network was the subject of discussion this week in an article published by travel and tourism website TravelPulse. Below Finland’s capital lies a vast labyrinth of passages and buildings used for retail, sports and cultural activities.   

    Helsinki first began digging up its surface in the 1980s during the Cold War, with the aim of creating a subterranean space that could contain the city’s entire population in case of an attack. 

  • White-tailed deer, recycled cooking oil and ADHD in dogs: Finland in the world press

    Finland’s white-tailed deer were the subject of discussion in an article published by Star Tribune this week. According to the article, the animals were first introduced into Finland’s forests by two Finnish-Americans from Minnesota, U.S.

    The deer were brought to Finland in 1934, at a time when the country’s reindeer, roe deer and elk populations were declining due to urban expansion and poverty. Finnish-AmericansEino Saranen andLester Ketola initiated the transportation of three bucks and four does by train and ship from the U.S. to Finland.

  • Winter cycling, border control and self-driven cars: Finland in the world press 

    The Finnish city of Oulugained recognition for its residents’ enduring love for cycling this week. Despite being covered by snow for five months a year, bikers in the Central Finland city brave the weather to keep pedalling even through the coldest and darkest months.

    One reason for this is that the ploughing of cycle paths is given antecedence over that of roads during winter. Additionally, Oulu uses a digital map that indicates real-time conditions of bicycle, pedestrian and car routes.

  • Winter preparedness, quantum computers and motorsport: Finland in the world press

    Helsinki’s systematic and efficient methods of dealing with heavy snowfall garnered praise from international news outlets this week.

    The city was barely inconvenienced when faced with a blizzard last week, unlike other countries in Europe, which have struggled to cope with the icy weather this month.

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