Nordic countries in annual contest to claim real Santa

Dec 24, 2015

Nordic countries in annual contest to claim real Santa

Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit farther south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the ...

Nov 13, 2015

Rings and pacifiers: Health gadgets get sophisticated

After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator. “Wellness” computers that monitor your pulse, temperature and other health indicators are becoming increasingly sophisticated and varied to cover every aspect — and age — of ...

Finnish leader sets example by offering spare house to refugees

Sep 6, 2015

Finnish leader sets example by offering spare house to refugees

Amid Europe’s migrant crisis, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is hoping to set an example for his countrymen by opening his own spare house to refugees. Sipila said Saturday that after some discussions and consultation with local authorities, he and his wife decided to ...

Finland's Santa center goes bust as Russian visitors slide

Aug 21, 2015

Finland's Santa center goes bust as Russian visitors slide

Finland’s Santa Claus Office has been declared bankrupt over unpaid taxes after a sharp drop in visits from recession-hit Russians, once the center’s best customers. But Managing Director Jarmo Kariniemi said he believed the company, which employs around 20 people, could yet avoid closure ...

Moomin-themed amusement park to open in Saitama in 2017

Jul 2, 2015

Moomin-themed amusement park to open in Saitama in 2017

Investment firm Fintech Global Inc. said Tuesday it will build a Moomin-themed amusement park in Saitama Prefecture, with plans to open the facility in 2017. According to the Tokyo-based company, it will be the first such theme park outside Finland, the homeland of the ...

May 25, 2015

About 100 U.S., European jets join Arctic exercise near Russia

About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday, a region worried by increased Russian military activity. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland with 4,000 ...