SOME OF THE BEST GAMERS ON THE PLANET descended on the Finnish capital today in the hopes of playing their way to a $25,000 (22,000 EUR) grand prize.
LAURA KUKKONEN, AN 18-YEAR-OLD musical talent and Helsinki native, took to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl last night to take first place at a global violin championship. The 'Play with Ray' competition gave three talented finalists the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to play on stage alongside world-renowned violin master Ray Chen.
SOME OF THE BIGGEST STARS of online streaming platforms such as Youtube, Twitch, Tik Tok, and podcasting are in the Finnish capital this weekend, along with 17,000 of their biggest fans.
THE FAR-RIGHT GOVERNMENT OF HUNGARY has launched further verbal attacks on Finland, continuing months of hostile language from the Orban administration in response to Finland's strong stance against Hungary's clampdown on civil liberties and an escalating corruption situation.
HELSINKI'S FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC BUSES are set to shortly hit the streets, promising a low-pollution and carbon-free commute for residents. The fleet of 30 buses arrived at the Pasila bus depot yesterday. and should be on the roads next week.
AN ESCAPED WHITE WALLABY caught locals in Åland by surprise on Friday afternoon, disrupting traffic and attracting plenty of attention from across the region. The furry creature, named Willy Wonka, belongs to a local resident and apparently escaped from his home after being spooked by a lightning strike.
WARMER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES combined with inconsistent rainfall across the country has resulted in the harvest of grains such as barley and wheat in Finland occurring earlier than usual.
AN INFLATABLE, EXPLORABLE MINI-CITY by the UK-based art collective Architects of Air has sprung up outside the Oodi Library in Central Helsinki, just in time for the two-week-long Helsinki Festival that kicks off this Friday.
A FIRE BROKE OUT YESTERDAY EVENING at Naistenklinikka, a Helsinki hospital for maternity and women's care, prompting a wholesale evacuation of patients and resulting in dozens of cancelled operations and appointments.
FLOW FESTIVAL, ONE OF THE MOST INTERNATIONALLY WELL-KNOWN in Finland, kicked off this weekend, drawing tens of thousands of revelers from dozens of countries. The Festival has been plagued with a slew of last-minute cancellations and poor weather, but that didn't stop people coming out to see an impressive roster of global acts.
THE TEAM AT HELSINKI-VANTAA AIRPORT have boosted their ranks with the help of some four-legged friends. Golden retriever dogs have been recruited to help airport staff detect contaminated foodstuffs and anything that may be carrying African Swine Fever.
HELSINKI RAILWAY STATION WAS EVACUATED today after a fire broke out in a Hesburger restaurant inside the station. It is believed that the fire was caused by an electrical outage inside one of the packing freezers, according to initial reports from YLE.
THE NORMALLY FLAT AND MONOTONOUS SANDS of Aurinkolahden Beach in Eastern Helsinki was transformed on Monday by the appearance of thousands of sandcastles, as part of an environmentally-charged public art project.
UNPRECEDENTED WILDFIRES HAVE BROKEN OUT in the popular resort island of Gran Canaria, causing as many as 9000 holidaymakers to evacuate.
FINLAND'S LARGEST MULTI-ARTS FESTIVAL officially kicked off last night, with performances, acts, and openings occurring across the city. The two-week festival is expected to draw close to half a million attendees from across the country and beyond.
PROTESTERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF HONG KONG'S escalating dispute over Chinese control of the region faced off in Helsinki's Narinkkatori yesterday, in a peaceful protest attended by both PRC and Hong Kong citizens.