Going out to the woods to collect mushrooms and berries is a natural pastime in Finland – some might even call it a sport.
Many people have had to spend long periods of time indoors, not to mention curtail travel plans, because of Covid-19 social distancing measures. With live webcams showing Finland’s wildlife and wilderness, you can pass the time and get a travel fix.
In the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, Finland’s wild, carnival-calibre celebration Vappu (known as May Day, Labour Day or Walpurgis in English) calls for unusual amounts of creativity so that people can get together while still staying apart. Vappu – this time it’s virtual.
in the Most Reputable Countries ranking
Source: The Reputation Institute
As tons of gigs get cancelled or postponed, relegated to an indefinite future because of Covid-19, many musicians and other performing artists in Finland are reaching their fans online, either on designated concert sites or by posting video material.
Finnish Independence Day
Families in Finland and all over the world are facing new challenges. Many parents now have more experience of working from home, and many children and educators are now well acquainted with distance learning. They are wondering if they will need to use those new routines in the future.
The May 2020 issue of the British edition of Vogue contains an interview with Sanna Marin, Finland’s prime minister. The magazine met her in Helsinki before the coronavirus landed in the Nordic countries. Its US edition also carries an article featuring a conversation with Marin.
The annual World Happiness Report seeks to measure how happy people are in more than 150 different countries. The Nordic countries have repeatedly done well in this listing, and in the 2020 edition of the report, Finland is at the top for the third year in a row.
Population of Finland
Source: Statistics Finland