Entries by Joel Willans

10 fun facts Finns probably don’t know about Finnish Americans

Finnish Americans are a tiny portion of the American population, and yet they have made a big impact on American culture. Read on for 10 fun facts about Finnish Americans that Finns probably don’t know. Photo: Wikimedia Commons / mestos Finns first arrived in the US in 1638 as part of a Swedish colony New Sweden […]

Very Finnish Problems Episode 1: How Finnish Winter Tries To Kill You

Just how deadly is a typical winter in Finland? Very Finnish Problems creator and Helsinki resident Joel Willans discusses survival strategies with Thomas Nybergh. We learn that Thomas rarely leaves Helsinki and that Joel feels bad about sucking at winter sports. Contact: [email protected] Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media   Download or subscribe […]

More than sauna: The 6 most Finnish things to do in your 20s

The general interests of 20-somethings seem somewhat universal. Depending on location, though, the expression of these preferences often vary. Finland is a small country and has a challenging climate (unless you’re very much into skiing), so young people have gotten creative. From adventurous spots for lovemaking to becoming an internet sensation overnight, here are ideas […]

Free music alert: How Kontula Electronic helped transform a despised Helsinki suburb from “slum” to cool

This weekend, April 21-23, cultural norms in Helsinki are shaken as the place to be shift towards the oft forgotten eastern suburb, Kontula, for a mostly free festival.     Kontula Electronic gathers an interesting lineup of electronic music to the open-air shopping center in the Kontula district. Established in 2016, the festival is already […]

9 of the world’s greatest thinkers on the stupidity of nationalism

Over-eager nationalism is hardly known for its great outcomes. So, it’s hardly surprising that some of the world’s sharpest minds have had less than flattering things to say about provincialism, flag waving and fanatic patriotism. Let’s take a look at their wise words.   “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless […]

9 of the world’s greatest thinkers on the evils of nationalism

  Over-eager nationalism is hardly known for its great outcomes. So, it’s hardly surprising that some of the world’s sharpest minds have had less than flattering things to say about provincialism, flag waving and fanatic patriotism. Let’s have a look below.   “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill […]

15 fantastically fun protest signs from the Unite for Europe march

Tens of thousands marched in London today to celebrate 60 years of the European Union and protest the titanic idiocy of Brexit. A triumphant display of British spirit, this sea of red, white, blue and yellow swept through the streets up to Parliament square proving that Remainers refused be cowed by terrorism in their fight […]