A Tale of Three Countries

My name is Siyu Lei. When I was asked to introduce myself, I thought about the three countries where I was fortunate to spend the past six years, and how three of them together helped define who I am today. Here goes.

In 2012, I left my hometown Zhengzhou, China for my first trans-Pacific flight. After some thirty hours of flying, and within minutes of arriving at the unfamiliar university campus, ...  (continue reading)

Daly Takes Finland

That’s me in the photo, sneaking an hour at work to write up this blog post. It’s been a little over two months since I received the call from the Finnish Embassy congratulating me for having been chosen for the programme, and ever since, googling everything about Finland has become my new pastime. As someone who holds views on society and religion that sit at odds with the majority’s ...  (continue reading)

From Finland… I just hope to be amazed!

It’s been a little bit more than two months since I was informed that I’ve been selected to participate in this year’s Foreign Correspondents’ Programme. It seems like a long time ago but I still can’t completely believe this is happening and that in less than a month I will be traveling to an amazing country I’ve never been before.

I’m really excited ...  (continue reading)

What do YOU want to know about Finland?

“Who are the main contemporary Finnish writers?”, “How can foreigners pursue higher education in Finland?”, “What is there to see around there besides from beautiful lakes and forests?”, “How did they deal with the economic depression?”, “What’s up with this sauna thing?”.

These were a few of the questions I got when I asked the readers and followers of my travel ...  (continue reading)

Meet our FCP 2018 participants!

August and the beginning of thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2018 is getting closer. Now it is time to introduce our participants, who come from 16 countries all over the world, and can’t wait to explore Finland.

Thank you again to everyone who applied to the programme this year. It’s wonderful to know how many friends Finland has around the globe!

But now, take a ...  (continue reading)

FCP 2018 participants have been selected!

The 2018 edition of thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme is approaching. Seven weeks from now, the sixteen participants of this years programme will start their three week journey through Finland. Which, by the way, was selected the Happiest Country in the World in this years World Happiness Report.  So, yay, I guess…!

The participants for this years programme have now been ...  (continue reading)

Application period for the 2018 ThisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme has ended

Each participating embassy will now review the applications. The three best applicants will be interviewed by the embassy in person, or if this is not possible due to long distances etc., via phone or Skype. The applicants will be contacted by Friday, April 20th 2018. Final selection will be confirmed by the end of May 2018.

Please note that due to the high amount of application, questions ...  (continue reading)

Attention aspiring journalists: thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ programme is looking for participants!

Have you always wanted to visit Finland? Have you ever wondered what the Finnish society and Finnish way of life look like? How does spending three weeks in the country, and finding out yourself, sound to you?

ThisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ programme will be organized again in August of 2018. The programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young journalists and social media influencers. ...  (continue reading)

Foreign Correspondents’ Program 2018 will be announced soon

Last year we celebrated Finland’s 100 years of independence. To make 2018 just as spectacular, we are preparing something nice for this year as well.

Yes, in a few weeks time we will be announcing Foreign Correspondents’ Program 2018. Who can apply? When will it take place? What is to be expected? Stay tuned and find out more about the details of the program very soon.

For now, we can ...  (continue reading)