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)

No Foreign Correspondents’ Programme in 2017

Finland is focusing on the multiple press and other visits and events in connection to the celebrations of 100 years of Finnish independency. Very many of these take place in summer time and this prioritization makes it impossible for us to organize the FCP this year.

Every stone has been turned in our quest to find a way, but unfortunately the Communications Department of the Ministry for Foreign ...  (continue reading)

Finland’s solution to an aging population

My interesting fourth day with FCP really helped me to understand some important aspects of Finnish society. But not only this: I also had a great opportunity to taste Finnish food and to see how a true Finnish cook prepared it. It was a great experience to participate in the Finnish food workshop by Flavour Studio in Teurastamo: raw fish, reindeer meat and berry cakes give you a taste of Finnish ...  (continue reading)

Four things you should know about the Finnish way of life (that are not necessarily true)

It is general knowledge that Finns are quiet, nature loving people who are passionate about the sauna and foraging. Or are they really? My yet another trip to Finland this last week confirmed what I had already known before — there is much more to the stereotypes we usually have about five million Finns and their way of life. Here are four things you should know about the Finnish way of life that ...  (continue reading)

Return to Rovaniemi

One of the things I was most excited about in the FCP alumni program was a return to Rovaniemi and a reintroduction to the Arctic Circle. I have long been fascinated with Arctic issues. Since my last trip to Finland in 2013 the Arctic has resurfaced as a big topic in geopolitics – and, according to Timo Koivurova, Director of the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre, not always with the nuance ...  (continue reading)

Different faces of Lapland

There are always different versions of the story for every place we have been to. And for Lapland, each visitor has his or her own interpretations.

My first impression of the place is familiarity with the unfamiliar stuff.

Lapland is not a new place to me. There are always, however, something new to explore every time I am here. It is about fun and insights as well.

I was here for the first time in ...  (continue reading)