A Karelian Rice Pie And a Cup of Coffee: FCP through the Years

The Finnish Ambassador’s residence in central London is, compared to its neighbours at least, rather an unassuming abode. Set in the middle of Kensington Palace Gardens, the hushed and cordoned avenue behind Prince William’s pad at the far end of Hyde Park, the house dates back to the 1850s and has been the home of Helsinki’s man in London since 1952.

At both ends of the street ...  (continue reading)

Dark and True and Tender Is The North

7.30am. Helsinki Airport, Vantaa. Golden morning sunlight spreads across the tarmac. I’m sitting on a Finnair jet, ready to leave the gate and set off northwards for Rovaniemi, Lapland.

Our two-night stay in Rovaniemi is the much-anticipated climax of our Finnish voyage — a sojourn away from the fast pace and the cosmopolitan air of Helsinki in the south. Spanning the almost unchartered ...  (continue reading)