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THRILLSEEKERS STEPPED ABOARD THE ROLLERCOASTERS at Helsinki's Linnanmäki amusement park today for the first time in months, following the easing of government restrictions that has allowed theme parks across the country to reopen for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19.
MEMBERS OF THE KOREAN PEOPLE'S ARMY of North Korea made their international performance debut at Moscow's Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival last night, with a characteristically vivid performance that followers of the so-called 'Hermit Kingdom' recognise well.
AS ONCE-BUSY CITYSCAPES AROUND THE WORLD empty out as a result of attempts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, shots of some of Europe's most iconic landmarks looking eerily quiet have become ubiquitous. The Finnish capital has been similarly affected, as this series of photos demonstrate.
FINNISH POLITICIANS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS gathered at the gates of the Helsinki Synagogue late last night to lay bouquets of flowers in a show of solidarity with Finland's Jewish community, which has been subjected to a spike in anti-Semitic attacks this year.
POLITICIANS AND MILITARY FIGURES gathered at Helsinki's National Winter War Memorial on Kasarmitori today to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Winter War. President Sauli Niinistö led the solemn proceedings alongside the Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC SAULI NIINISTÖ led commemorations for the Finnish Defence Forces flag day today, raising the Finnish flag alongside members of the military at his official summer residence at Mäntyniemi, Helsinki.
TWO PROTESTORS WERE ARRESTED outside the Finnish Parliament building today, partly because the assembled group of demonstrators refused to obey lockdown rules that stipulate gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
A SMALL GROUP OF PROTESTORS GATHERED OUTSIDE HELSINKI'S CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION this afternoon to demonstrate against the actions of India's security forces this week, who have violently quelled protests across the Subcontinent this week in actions that have caused at least a dozen fatalities.
AROUND 300 PROTESTORS GATHERED at the Hakaniemi Market Square on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against Turkey's ongoing military incursion into Syria, the fourth such protest to take place in the Finnish capital in recent weeks. The protests went peacefully and without incident.
THE VISIT OF RUSSIAN LEADER VLADIMIR PUTIN to Helsinki yesterday brought the city to a virtual standstill in some areas, with a security presence unseen since the visit of Donald Trump in 2018.
FINLAND'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UK, MARKKU KEINÄNEN, was granted a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace today. The purpose of the meeting was the 'presenting of credentials' to the Queen.
THE FINNISH ANIMAL RESCUED SERVICE rushed to a frozen river in Siikalatva in North Ostrobothnia today to help rescue an injured deer that had fallen through the ice. It is believed that the animal had spent several hours trying to free itself before assistance arrived.
THE RUSSIAN-FINNISH BORDER NEAR LAPPEENRANTA SAW SOME TRANSNATIONAL FESTIVITIES earlier today when the Finnish and Russian Santa Claus characters met along with throngs of festive partygoers from both countries.
THE LONG-AWAITED 'SUPER TERRACE' ON HELSINKI'S SENATE SQUARE is due to open to the public tomorrow, with seating for 480 people and a number of pop-up restaurants to be introduced to the square as a means of allowing safer dining in the age of COVID-19.
SLUSH 2019 HAS KICKED OFF TODAY at Messukeskus, Helsinki, drawing 25,000 attendees from dozens of countries. One of the world's largest tech startup festivals, this year's event aims to highlight why companies need to be focused on "profit over growth" and pivot towards sustainable models.
THE TRADITIONAL ST. LUCIA DAY FESTIVAL, a celebration of light during the dark winter period, kicked off at Helsinki Cathedral last night, with this year's 'Lucia Lady' being Sara Ray, a 24-year-old education student from Ostrobothnia.
STOCKMANN HAS UNVEILED THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAY at their Helsinki department store, with hundreds of people lining up around the block to catch a glimpse of the festive display.
SUMMER TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR THE YEAR SO FAR have been surpassed in several parts of Finland, with parts of the Tampere and Jyväskylä regions estimated to have surpassed the 30-degree mark for the first time.
AN ENTERPRISING HELSINKI BAKERY responded to a dramatic decline in orders this week by serving up something that is apparently in great demand; toilet paper. The staff at Ronttosrouva Bakery in Malmi began creating novelty cakes that look exactly like toilet roll, in a cheeky nod to the widespread panic buying of the product in recent weeks.
THOUSANDS OF BALLS OF ICE, each the size of a full-grown chicken egg, have appeared on a beach on the Ostrobothnian island of Hailuoto, prompting a wave of adventurous travelers to flock to the region to see the natural phenomena for themselves. These rare formations occur when turbulent waves near the shore break up mounds of slush on the coastline.
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