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 ...

Newly discovered wasp named after Boston Bruins goalie Rask

Feb 25, 2015

Newly discovered wasp named after Boston Bruins goalie Rask

There’s a new buzz surrounding Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. A Boston-area researcher who was part of a team that discovered a new species of wasp in Kenya has named the insect Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski in Rask’s honor. Robert Copeland, an entomologist at the International ...

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Feb 24, 2015

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Men who regularly visit saunas live longer and are less likely to die of sudden heart attacks than men who did not visit as often, a Finnish study published Monday. In often frigid Finland, going to the sauna is a popular activity, and is ...

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 ...