Finnish PM to step down, seek new EU post

Apr 6, 2014

Finnish PM to step down, seek new EU post

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen announced Saturday he was stepping down in June with a view to taking a senior European Union post, a move that could further unsettle a coalition government that last month lost one of its parties. Katainen, who had led ...

Sweden defeats Finland in hockey semifinals

Feb 21, 2014

Sweden defeats Finland in hockey semifinals

Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots, lifting Sweden over Finland 2-1 on Friday and into the gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympics. The 2006 Olympic champions will face the United States or Canada ...

Finland overpowers Austria in hockey opener

Feb 13, 2014

Finland overpowers Austria in hockey opener

Finland had more than enough offensive talent to overcome its slow start against Austria, even with Teemu Selanne back in the dressing room. Jarkko Immonen and Mikael Granlund scored two goals apiece as Finland opened preliminary-round Olympic play with an 8-4 victory over Austria ...

Finnish Santa wants to go universal

Dec 24, 2013

Finnish Santa wants to go universal

As a brand, Santa Claus has one major flaw: He is only really valuable for a few weeks at the end of each year. In Finland, they are trying to do something about that. Petri Paarnio, director of Santa Claus Licensing, the firm that ...

But can they really fly? A few facts on reindeer

Dec 22, 2013

But can they really fly? A few facts on reindeer

by David Macdougall

Reindeer are featured on Christmas cards and in movies worldwide at this time of the year, galloping across the sky with Santa’s sleigh in tow. But on Europe’s northern fringe, the migratory mammals are part of everyday life all year round as they roam ...

Jun 7, 2013

British, U.S. music no longer dominates world

When John Lennon declared that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, it didn’t seem that far-fetched. It was 1966, and rock ‘n’ roll was the new religion sweeping the globe. Commentators railed against the threat that popular music posed to the moral fabric ...

Feb 19, 2013

Finns share leftovers to slash waste

Jukka Peltonen has just come home from the shop with a bag of mandarin oranges, but he is disappointed to discover they’re too acidic for his taste. Instead of throwing them out, Peltonen, the head of a PR firm, offers them to his neighbors ...