7 reasons Valentine’s Day is better in Finland

Valentine’s Day. Taunting reminders of your hollowing loneliness if you’re single. Being forced to spend a ridiculous amount of money on heart-shaped balloons and stuffed animals if you’re in a relationship. Fortunately, not in Finland! In Finland, Valentine’s Day is uncommercial and celebrates friendship rather than romantic love (the day is even referred to as […]

Episode 10: When you queue for free buckets and they run out

Why do Finns stand in line for free buckets? Joel Willans, creator of the Very Finnish Problems social media sensation, chats with Jyrki Kallinen, co-founder of crowdsourced market research service Crowst. We learn the tricks of the trade of getting reliable and comprehensive questionnaire answers from shy people. Co-host Thomas Nybergh wants to pair artificial […]

Functional, punctual and awesome: my first 12 months in Finland

  When I was a teenager in my home country of Bangladesh the only thing I knew about Finland was that it’s the land of Nokia. After completing my bachelor’s in electronics I worked as a journalist for 3 years, I then decided to come to Finland to pursue a master’s at the University of […]

5 winter activities that won’t make you cringe – Finnish edition

  Is the impending Finnish winter already clenching tightly on what’s left of your November soul? If so then check out these 5 winter activities that won’t add more chaos to your already insane inner monologue.       1. Indoor gardening We all occasionally feel old inside, especially in winter. Now’s the time to […]

This video of Black Friday chaos in Finland is going viral. It’s easy to see why.

Finns are well-known for their calm manner and stoic nature. So much so, it takes a lot to get Finnish people riled up. Losing to Sweden (again) at ice hockey, beating the world at ice hockey or beating Sweden at anything being notable exceptions. However, maybe this will all change with the advent of Black […]

A Next Generation Finn: Hannu Huhtamo’s hand at light painting photography

With so much eye-grabbing art out there it’s difficult to find a focal point. Hannu Huhtamo’s light painting photography is an art form that provides just that — focus. Hannu is putting an interesting spin on photography by overlaying long exposure captures of light movement to beautiful still photography, and he’s using Finland as the […]

Episode 9: When you can’t figure out which dairy product is milk

What makes a chatty Brit prefer Finnish silence? In this special episode, renowned Finnish comedian André Wickström interviews Joel Willans, author of 101 Very Finnish Problems, at the Helsinki Book Fair. We learn about the backstory of Very Finnish Problems, how Joel ended up in Finland and much more. In a bonus segment, co-host and […]

Episode 8: Driving for 14 hours and only seeing forest

Are electric vehicles taking off in Finland? Joel Willans, author of the best-selling book 101 Very Finnish Problems, is joined by Antti Korpelainen of Virta, a car charging services company. Topics include battery technology, long drives to Lapland and more. Co-host Thomas Nybergh is annoyed by misguided bio fuel subsidies and wants the current Finnish […]

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