Independence Day in Finland 2019, Will a Prime Minster Attend the Presidential Party?

The Finnish flag

Finland’s Independence Day (itsenäisyyspäivä) is on Friday - December 6. It’ll be one of my first Finnish Independence Days in Finland for over a decade. In recent years, I’ve celebrated at Finnish consulates and embassies in places like Istanbul and Abu Dhabi. Now back from living abroad, I admit Independence Day feels especially good. Finland [...]

Helsinki’s Christmas street opens with reindeer, Santa police, & Saara Aalto

People gathering at Senate Square for the opening of the Christmas St in Helsinki, FinlandChristmas lights at Esplanadi Park in Helsinki, FinlandHorses are also ready for Christmas in Helsinki, FinlandWomen attending the opening of the Christmas St in Helsinki, FinlandPeople listening to Saara Aalto perform Christmas songs at the eventEven dogs were dressed for Christmas [...]

Finland makes sustainability easier

Töölönlahti Helsinki, Finland

A leading Northern European airline emails customers, saying it is moving 'towards a better climate future'. Reusable grocery bags are spotted all over hipster neighbourhoods of Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Tallinn. Local Facebook flea market groups are buzzing: buying second hand is a popular move. In the small neighbourhood of Jätkäsaari in Helsinki, there [...]