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Why Finland loves saunas

<b>The only Finnish word to make it into everyday English is "sauna". But what it is, and how much it means to Finns, is often misunderstood - and it's definitely not about flirtation or sex.</b><p>In a dimly lit wood-panelled room, naked men sit in silence, sweating. One beats himself repeatedly with birch …

Top five mistakes newbies should avoid in Finnish forests

In Finland and the wider Nordics, public access to open land is much broader than in many other countries. As people fan out across the forests in …

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More employers blocking smartphones at work

The trend to limit the time workers spend using their smartphones at work is fast spreading from traditional service industries to other sectors.<p>In …

Aurora borealis set autumn skies ablaze

Kirsti Kauristie from the Meteorological Institute says that it is unusual to spot the lights in southern Finland.<p>On the previous night, particularly …

Female firefighting first

In the spring, Emergency Services College principal Mervi Parviainen was angry because not a single woman had applied for firefighter training in …

Finns remain loyal to Nokia despite Microsoft deal

Recent controversies surrounding Nokia have not impacted on the sales of the company's phones in Finland.<p>Lumia smart phones continued to sell well in …

Marimekko denies fresh copying claims

Marimekko has denied claims it copied another fabric design. Yle reported on Wednesday that a bag purchased in Barcelona strongly resembled the …

First snow arrives as police advise Finns to prepare cars for winter

The ski resort of Kittilä in Lapland had the thickest blanket of snow, with two centimetres measured on Thursday at the Kenttärova measuring station. …

First snows in the north

The mix of snow and sleet soon melted away during the morning hours, except on the heights of Halti fell, which is the highest point in the …

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Finnish stamp licks European competition

A panel of judges voted in a closed ballot to name the Finnish stamp the winner of the 2013 PostEurop EUROPA competition. The stamp was entered in …

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End of an era: Nokia sells phone business to Microsoft

Nokia says the operations that will be transferred to Microsoft had a turnover of some 14.9 billion euros last year. As part of the deal, Microsoft …

If you go into the woods today...

Experienced nature photographer Antti Terävä was heading to photograph deer in his usual place in Pöytyä, south-west Finland, on Thursday evening …

Priceless medieval ring turns up in Espoo field

The King's Road was an old royal post route reaching from Bergen, Norway on the Atlantic coast, running to Oslo and Stockholm, to Mariehamn in the …

Ice cream trucks melt away in Finland | ZDNet

You might not immediately link ice-cream to Finland, but the country's inhabitants are mourning the soon-to-be loss of the iconic institution.<p>As …

Helsinki named world’s eighth most liveable city

The Finnish capital retained a spot in the top ten of the most liveable cities list, receiving a total of 96 points out of a hundred to land eighth …

Helsinki library service to start streaming films online

Thousands of titles will be available via the HelMet website, which is teaming up with the IndieFlix streaming company to offer films via mobile …

Energy saving black out in 20% roads | national

Street lights have been shut down in Uusimaa early Friday night under the energy saving programme. Photo LehtikuvaThe government has undertaken a …

“Living fossil” found in Enontekiö

The species of fossil, known as <i>Lepidurus arcticus,</i> was found in Enontekiö has been structurally unchanged for 250 million years. The state forestry …

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

<b>For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.</b><p>It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and …

Statistics Finland - Preliminary population statistics

A more recent publication of this set of statistics is available.<p>Published: 22 August 2013<p>Finland's preliminary population figure 5,439,741 at the …

Bright start to autumn northern lights season

Evidence of heightened solar activity could be clearly seen in areas such as Muonio and Sodankylä in Finnish Lapland and stretched even further south …

“Stiff” Finns fail to make air guitar finals

About two dozen air guitar virtuosos will vie for the title of the 18th Air Guitar World Champion, offering their interpretations of rock classic for …