As the coronavirus scourge continues to wreak havoc all over the world, millions of Finns have been forced to stay at home. As much fun as suddenly finding ourselves thrust into the apocalypse is, it stands to reason that we may need a little bit of inspiration regarding what to do with all our new-found free time, as with all these precautionary measures comes boredom.
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Finland is known for its long, cold winters, its beautiful landscape and its extensive welfare system. Furthermore, low corruption, high-levels of trust and an exemplary education system has led to what many now refer to as the roots of Finnish contentment.
It will come as no surprise that Finland has once again topped the UN's 2020 World Happiness Report. At this point, the shock will arrive once it does not feature at the top of the list. The UN World Happiness Report is based on a variety of factors, including autonomy, equality, life expectancy and mental health.
According to a study conducted by the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), 3 per cent of Finns are facing gambling-related problems. The amount of players with a gambling problem has stayed the same over the past few years. However, during that same time playing at a high-risk level has been decreasing within both women and men. How will the Coronavirus pandemic affect these numbers, remains to be seen, but for now the numbers are looking surprisingly good. What are the factors that could explain these changes?
Fifty-five per cent of Finnish citizens play mobile, console or PC video games according to analytical firm Statista. This translates to over €2.5 billion added to the country’s economy through in-game purchases and taxes.
But similar to many countries, Finland’s gaming sector is immensely diverse. It’s also a fast-growing industry thanks to snowballing gaming culture, adequately equipped studios and a supportive government.
One of the most common stereotypes that I confront in Finland as a foreigner, and man of color, is that men like me moved to Finland to take Finnish women. First of all, this stereotype forces every foreign man and Finnish woman into a narrow stereotype that ignores the more positive story. Many of us just want to be productive members of Finnish society who want to work, fall in love, and maybe raise a family. Second, the notion of taking a Finnish woman, or any woman for that matter, renders that woman voiceless and incapable of making independent romantic choices.
TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL did it once again: From June 26 to June 28 the 18th edition brought 25 000 metal heads together in Helsinki for a sunny, music packed weekend. 42 bands played on the three stages and made sure everyone would find something to their liking and the festival sauna offered the chance to take a refreshing, truly Finnish break. Also the food options stepped their game up: From tasty falafels to the stylish and delicious Black Dining restaurant the only thing you had to do to get a nice meal was make sure Helsinki’s infamous seagulls didn’t steal it.
Northern European countries have recently enjoyed an upswing in positive perception in the United States. A British journalist takes a closer look at the phenomenon, and isn't as impressed as those living on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
"What's there not to love?" actor Will Ferrell enthuses in the second episode of NBC's expat-comedy Welcome to Sweden. "Picking blueberries, outhouses, a year off if you have a baby – even if you don't have a baby, just a year off. Your family around constantly. Lagom – not too much, not too little. I mean, they're doing it right over here."
Psychiatrist Antti S. Mattila holds an office advising on philosophy. He believes that all too often, people with depression are given medicine, when what they need is a change in lifestyle.
One will not find the office of philosophy unless one knows what one is looking for. The name written by the door is simply Mattila.
Do you remember what news was on the headlines last month, last year or 10 years ago on this date?
Finland's national newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat has just turned 125 and its future, like the future of all other printed papers, has never looked grimmer. The past has on the other hand been glorious and diverse. The first issue of the paper came out in 1889. Back then it was called Päivälehti, simply "The Daily". Since then, the paper has reported a remarkable volume of news to its readers.
A Finlandified Canadian lawyer and gaming company consultant, André Noël Chaker, has taken to becoming the Niilo Tarvajärvi of the digital age.
Chaker has lived in Finland for twenty years and truly believes in Santa Claus and wishes that others would as well. It is a much better business than it has been understood to be in Finland, he says. American economists even have their own term for Christmas economics: santanomics. Contrary to estimations of Finns, the brand price of Santa and Christmas should be counted in billions, says Chaker.