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WITH HELSINKI'S ICONIC FINLANDIA HALL set to close for a multi-year renovation and restoration project, the first designs for its temporary replacement have already been drawn up. The 'Pikku-Finlandia' ('Little Finlandia') Hall will be a temporary pavilion-style structure located next to the main building.
CONCERNS OVER THE EFFECTS OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS has triggered a wave of stockpiling across the Finnish capital, with supermarket shelves being emptied of goods such as hand sanitiser, soap, toilet paper, and non-perishable foodstuffs.
A COLLECTION OF IMAGES TAKEN ABOVE THE STREETS OF HELSINKI has highlighted the scale to which the COVID-19 virus has reshaped life in the Finnish capital.
TAMPERE CITY COUNCIL HAS UNVEILED the trams that will be used in the city's first tram network, due to be fully operational sometime in 2021. Once completed, the tram network will span 15km across the greater city region, with a total of 23 stops.
NEAR-RECORD LEVELS OF SNOWFALL have blanketed much of Northern Finland this week, prompting authorities to issue a number of "severe" avalanche warnings in Finnish Lapland.
FINNISH HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES up and down the country donned formal ballroom wear to participate in the traditional annual Vanhojenpäivä, or 'Old Day' dance. Hundreds of Helsinki students arrived at the Helsingin Jäähallli to continue the century-long tradition.
FINNISH FINAL-YEAR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS paraded through central Helsinki today as part of the traditional annual Penkkarit, in which students celebrate the end of class in preparation for their final matriculation exams later in the Spring.
A NUMBER OF FINNISH POSTAGE STAMPS have won international recognition for their design, with one (main image) being voted as the 'best in the world' for the 2013-2017 period. The annual Nexofil Awards consists of a panel representing 37 countries, tasked with awarding recognition to the best stamp designs around the globe.
TWO €74 MILLION FRENCH FIGHTER JETS arrived at Pirkkala Air Force Base today to conduct simulated war games above the Finnis skies, in an attempt by the French to secure a €10 billion contract from the Finnish Defence Ministry.
THE SO-CALLED 'TEDDY BEAR CHALLENGE', which aims to keeps kids active and entertained during the Covid-19 shutdown that has put a halt to normal life for most children, has found popularity in Finland after the trend began in the US.
ACTIVISTS FROM EXTINCTION REBELLION FINLAND (ELOKAPINA) gathered outside the Hotel Rantapuisto in Vuosaari, Helsinki, earlier today to demonstrate as government ministers met for a climate summit inside the hotel.
GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS IN GERMANY have projected the Finnish flag and the face of the CEO of Finland's state-owned energy company Fortum, Pekka Lundmark, onto the facade a controversial new coal-fired power plant being partly developed by Fortum in Datteln, Western Germany.
THE EASTERN UUSIMAA POLICE DEPARTMENT has released handouts of some of the illicit property they seized in the final weeks and months of 2019. Among the items seized include assault rifles, large quantities of amphetamines, and stacks of 50 euro notes.
AUTHORITIES AT HELSINKI-VANTAA AIRPORT began implementing the government's strict new rules on quarantining on social distancing today, informing all new arrivals that they are required to go into a 14-day quarantine and telling them what they need to do.
HELSINKI'S ICONIC HAVIS AMANDA STATUE has been fenced off by city authorities in an attempt to discourage crowds gathering at the location for traditional May Day (Vappu) celebrations this week, in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
THE ICONIC KOLMEN SEPÄN STATUE in central Helsinki has been given a makeover to reflect the unusual times we find ourselves living in, as well as some messages of support for those who are struggling to cope with the new realities brought on by the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
85,000 REVELLERS GATHERED IN DOWNTOWN HELSINKI TO RING IN THE NEW DECADE last night, with numerous fireworks displays and performances from a number of Finnish artists, including the female pop singer Alma.
HELSINKI'S AMOS REX GALLERY will open its 'Generation 2020' exhibition tomorrow, featuring work from 80 artists aged between fifteen and twenty-three. The exhibition received over 1600 proposals from young people across Finland and will run until May 2020.
HELSINKI-VANTAA AIRPORT HAS INSTALLED toilet facilities for canine travellers, joining a handful of other airports around the world that have attempted to provide facilities for the growing number of travelers with pets in recent years.
FINNISH AUTHORITIES ARE WORKING WITH A COMPANY to provide accommodation for Finns returning from abroad who cannot self-isolate safely, with a number of apartments near Helsinki-Vantaa Airport being repurposed for the task.
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