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.
TEENAGE CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG offered a scathing rebuke to world leaders at the UN Climate Summit in New York last night, stating that they "are failing us" in their response to climate change. Her outspoken speech to delegates rapidly went viral around the world today.
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.
A TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR ON FRIDAY that resulted in close to an entire month's worth of rain hitting the Greater Helsinki region has paralysed public transport and caused significant disruption across the city.
A DRONE ATTACK ON AN ARAMCO facility in Saudi Arabia which has sent oil prices soaring has triggered global fears of an imminent recession. The attack, believed to have been launched by Houthi militia fighters in Yemen, instantly knocked out a facility responsible for producing 5% of the world's daily oil supply.
The Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, has taken action to suspend Parliament in the coming weeks, in what has been viewed as an attempt to stifle lawmaker's opposition to his government's policy on Brexit.
A LARGE DOG IN TURKU has found viral fame after a bus driver shared an image of the dog riding solo on his bus. The dog hopped on the bus without its owner late on Thursday evening, with the Southwest Finland Police Department later confirming they had received reports of a dog travelling without a ticket.
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.
TEENAGE CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG has arrived in New York after a 15-day carbon-free voyage across the Atlantic. She was greeted by a flotilla of yachts as her vessel rounded the Statue of Liberty yesterday evening.
THE BRITISH CRUISE LINER MS QUEEN ELIZABETH was delayed in Hernesaari Harbour last night as climate activists from the group Extinction Rebellion surrounded it with kayaks in protest against the environmental damage caused by large ships. The ship was bound for St Petersburg and was delayed for a short while before being able to pass.
AN ICE SCULPTURE BY ACCLAIMED ARTIST ANSSI KUOSA has appeared outside of the Kiasma Contemporary Art Gallery in Central Helsinki. The piece, depicting a young girl holding some books, is meant to evoke the effects of climate change on young girls and their future.
A COLLISION BETWEEN TWO ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS in Finnish Lapland has left over a dozen conscripts injured and hospitalized. The collision is believed to have occurred in an attempt to avoid a reindeer on the road.
A 5.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE hit the Albanian capital of Tirana on Saturday, causing dozens of injuries and destroying buildings and infrastructure in the downtown area. The quake is thought to be the most powerful to hit the country in close to 30 years.
A LARGE HERD OF CATTLE, including several fully-grown bulls, have escaped from a farm in Laukaa in Central Finland. Authorities believe the best way to remove the danger is to neutralise the entire herd, and have appealed to local hunting associations to assist.
A RULING BY THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS (ECHR) has forced the Finnish Immigration Service, the Migri, to review its processes for deportations, as well as the asylum applications currently under review. The ECHR ruled last week that a number of deportations conducted by the Finnish authorities were "illegal" and in breach of international law.
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.
MUJI'S SELF-DRIVING 'GACHABUS' that has been deployed on the streets of Espoo since spring 2019 has been awarded the prestigious Beazley Design of the Year award in the transport category, one of the most widely-coveted gongs in the world of design.
A RECENT EU-WIDE SURVEY conducted by Eurostat has revealed that people in Finland enjoy the highest levels of life satisfaction in Europe. The poll asked tens of thousands of Europeans about their wellbeing, with Finland being the most content, followed by Austria, Denmark, and Poland.
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