In the week after Christmas, people in Finland take it easy, saving up their energy for the big New Year’s celebration.
We look at one of Finland’s most inspiring celebrations: Independence Day (Dec 6). Say it in Finnish: Itsenäisyyspäivä.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari helps achieve a truce between the Angry Birds and the Bad Piggies (see video).
What’s it like to do military service in Finland? A Finnish woman and a Finnish Nicaraguan man describe their experiences.
Three new neighbourhoods show how the Finnish capital is innovating to meet the needs of a growing urban population.
See why Finland places second on the global Good Country Index. It’s about the greater good of humanity and the planet.
People in Finland celebrate name days as well as birthdays. We look at a tradition that stretches back to medieval times.
An American recounts memories of Midsummer in Finland: metal bands, seaside bonfires, barbecues and mosquito bites.
Finnish Easter traditions mix religion and rites of spring. Beware: Miniature witches may ring your doorbell.
Big names in peace mediation gather in Helsinki to discuss how to achieve progress in Yemen, Myanmar, Syria and Ukraine.
For Finland’s Equality Day (Mar 19) in honour of social activist Minna Canth, we look at the accomplishments of Nasima Razmyar.
Books are close to the Finns’ hearts. On average, every Finn buys four books and borrows a dozen from the library each year.
In honour of Sámi National Day (Feb 6), we visit Helsinki’s only Sámi daycare and also look at how Sámi TV is expanding.
In Finland, retreating to the summer cottage helps maintain wellbeing by tuning into nature, resting and relaxing.
Sauna is a huge deal for the Finns, and a favourite topic. An American in Finland recounts sauna highlights and stories.
Follow the Goodwill Demonstration: Several hundred Finns gather to visit every embassy in Helsinki and say thanks.
If the City of Helsinki has its way, then 50 percent of the food in its preschools and daycares will be organic by 2015.
Snowy Helsinki is perfect for a favourite winter pastime: sledding. We help you head for the hills.
We check in with some Spanish nurses working in Finland as they settle in and hurdle over the language barrier.
Sámi National Day Feb. 6: Rauna Kuokkanen, a Sámi who teaches at Univ. of Toronto, sees her people in a global context.
Two people fall in love with Finnish design and end up working in Finland’s cutting-edge mobile game industry.
Life is about enjoying yourself, not just surviving, and this goes for Finland in winter as well. Coffee, clothing, snow play key roles.
Where does the story of the Sámi, Finland’s indigenous people, begin? Take a look at their origins and way of life.
Hackathons, citizens’ initiatives and more: An anything-is-possible atmosphere ruled at Helsinki’s Open Knowledge Fest.
Finnish libraries act as multimedia-equipped public living rooms and offer imaginative new services.
You don’t have to leave Helsinki find a good beach. Grab your towel and your sunscreen, let’s go!
The new, improved, swashbuckling Maritime Museum is open in Mariehamn, capital of Finland’s autonomous Åland Islands.
Finland’s indigenous Sámi celebrate the unique new Sajos cultural and political centre (see Northern Lights video).
Irja Askola, bishop of Helsinki, opens the Church’s doors to dialogue with everyone in the surrounding community.
Once upon a time, New York had two Finnish neighbourhoods – Finntowns. We talk to a couple who used to live in one.
In all weather, postman Johan Simberg delivers to far-flung islands – by boat, by hydrocopter, or even on ice skates.
Three Nordic funds in Helsinki battle climate change and Baltic Sea pollution by financing projects at home and abroad.
A peaceful march in the Finnish capital supported Norway and emphasised that hatred and violence are unacceptable.
Helsinki citizens prepare for celebrations to mark Helsinki Day by cooling off in the city’s parks and heading for the beach.
Tikau combines Scandinavian design with the aesthetics and craftsmanship of rural areas of India, providing a unique alternative to mass-produced products.
Women’s Bank believes that empowering women’s entrepreneurship is the most efficient way to decrease world poverty.
With the whole world to choose from, what is the best place to live? Finland, says Newsweek.
What's the solution to the recurring hot topic of how to approach religion in schools?
You can find an "open prison" – yes, there is such a thing – on the main island of the Suomenlinna fortress, one of Helsinki's most popular tourist sites.
Finland is the world’s most prosperous nation, says London-based thinktank Legatum, which analyses countries according to material wealth and quality of life.
We visit the exclusive yet modest Finnish Sauna Society just outside Helsinki. If Finland can be said to have an official sauna, then this is it.
It’s official: Helsinki places fifth on Monocle magazine’s Most Liveable Cities Index – for the third year in a row.
For some prominent Finnish women, regular meetings of a sauna club are a source of strength.
We propose a toast to the joys of Finnish summer, which arrives like a miracle after the long, dark Nordic winter.
People on the Swedish-speaking Åland islands west of Finland celebrate their customised, EU-approved autonomy every year on June 9.
Just say yes: If you want to get to know Finnish culture, don't be intimidated by the sauna. With our beginner's guide, there's nothing to it.
Get to know the Finns with our abbreviated but thorough guide – a starter kit for keeping up with the Finnish culture.
Helsinki has a Sámi population of 1,000 strong. How do they keep their culture, language and identity alive down south in the city?
We Finns are sometimes accused of being too modest about our achievements, but this article makes a dent in that reputation.