Getting acquainted with post-Nokia Finland

So what has changed within the last 12 years in Finland? This is a question I kept hearing from Finns during my FCP alumni week in Finland; the question I also occasionally asked myself while meeting various people and enjoying life in Helsinki or Rovaniemi.

Strangely enough, the last time I visited Finland was 12 years ago in 2004. (Perhaps, because of living close to Finland, a delusive feeling ...  (continue reading)

Finland on my mind

I took part in the FCP in 2004. It seems a long time ago, but I still have some friends from that time and some genuine experience of Finnish way of life that I can share with other people.

I was 23 then, with BA diploma in Journalism in my pocket and with journalistic ambitions in my mind. I was working as a freelancer for Latvian printed media, writing about various sociopolitical topics, e.g. ...  (continue reading)