Volbeat's concert in Helsinki's Hartwall Arena for tomorrow 27th of November has been cancelled as the band was not able to get their equipment to Finland. The cargo ship sailing under the Finnish flag was stopped by sympathy strikes of other unions supporting the nationwide strike of postal employees.

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The Pet Shop Boys’ released a new single called ‘Dreamland’ on October 25, 2019, with Finnish fans now able to purchase it in physical, digital and 12-inch vinyl formats. The title of the new single coincides with how the Finland national football team players felt after they secured their first ever qualification to a major football tournament, thanks to two goals from rising football star Teemu Pukki, this enabled Finland to secure automatic qualification to next year’s UEFA Euro 2020 tournemnt. 

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Creating theater with Los Angeles’s most marginalized communities in places like skid row and California State maximum security prisons has given a unique perspective to the Strindberg Laboratory’s work in Finland. The Strindberg Laboratory has created an abridged and unique take on Macbeth along with co- creating No Labels No Walls a social movement and festival with Finnish partner Kukunori that is sure to shake up the status quo here in Finland. 

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Therapy recycle + exorcise presented their collection on the first day of HFW. Vegan sneakers by Heluna shop. Photo credit: Julia Rahikka

This year Helsinki Fashion Week took place from 19th to 22nd of July, in four locations in Helsinki. The fashion shows took place in the Palace of Nobility, Wanha Satama and Clarion hotel Helsinki. Talk panels were also held in these places and keynotes were held at Elisa Kulma, witch is an official partner of HFW.

A “Bio-Playground”, including photographs, clothes and sustainable fabrics was showcased at Wanha Satama where among others, a hundred percent vegan “leather” was displayed by Ultrafabrics inc.

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Ed Sheeran's “Divide” world tour has been highly successful and has attracted millions of fans. The tour which started last March in Tourin, Italy and is planned to end in August in Ipswich, England is currently the second highest grossing concert of all times with a box office sales of over $678 millions for 236 shows. 

Sixty thousand tickets to the Helsinki Concert were sold out in 30 minutes, the fastest ever in the Finnish history.

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Despite the overwhelming influence of Social Media , chatting, Tinder and Snapchat, etc. there are still people who would prefer an old fashioned penpal to exchange snail mail letters with.

Helsinki Times received a letter, written on paper and send by regular mail from a reader in Ghana who asks us to print his penpal announcement in our paper.

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When Tinder showed up, it seemed to us that dating apps had peaked - could they be innovated any more? Probably not.  But we were wrong. As the culture of dating and the needs of singles change, so does the market evolve and innovate to respond to those needs.

The world of dating apps dried up and they needed something fresh. The Inner Circle responded to this.

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ed Sheeran gig sold out in Bangkok in April

THE BRITISH POP STAR ED SHEERAN has broken a national record in Finland, with the original date for his July Helsinki concert selling out all 60,000 tickets in under 20 minutes. An extra Helsinki date was announced immediately after the first one was sold out. 

Tickets for his July 23rd date are still on sale as of writing, and can be purchased at Lippu.fi.

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Midsummer bonfire at Seurasaari

Slowly but surely, we're getting there. The merciless winter chill is beginning to recede, the sun is making its big comeback, and summer will be here before you know it. The three months of passable weather are the highlight of the calendar year in Finland, nowhere more so than in the capital itself.

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The development of the original, ancient Sami huts project in the Laplandiya part of Russia was called “In the land of Standing Stones”. Even though the majority of Lapland is primarily Finnish territory, there are northern parts of Russia that encompass it too. The excursions in the Russian Lapland feature interesting facts about the unique pattern of the birches and different shapes of Christmas trees.

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