See you soon Finland

It was 15 years since my last landing at Vantaa Helsinki Airport. But already the first impression – it was about 11 PM when my flight arrived but still not dark of course – was Finnish capital changed a lot. On the way to the hotel I noticed Helsinki is a city under construction. So many construction sites which is always a sign of a growing economy and national self confidence. Many ...  (continue reading)

A country of utopias – just next to us

Finnish nation is extremely distinctive: from national character and historical heritage to modern lifestyle. Few books published in Lithuanian recite about it.

Although our nations are quite intimate by temperament, it is not that easy to find similarities of their lives. I was convinced of this fact during the week of Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP) that allowed comparing ...  (continue reading)

Why Finns are so happy? Because the whole country works so well

By Veronika Malá

“We are in a hurry” or “We have to be there on time” – these are the most frequent sentences I remember from the Foreign Correspondents Programme 2003. This year, the focus on punctuality was not so intensive but still it is one of the most common features any traveller would encounter in Finland. Therefore, the best of the FCP 2019 for ...  (continue reading)

The FCP Alumni Edition 2019 was a blast!

We have had some time to recover from this year’s Foreign Correspondents’ Programme by now and it’s time to take a look at the eventful week we had with such a great group of journalists. We’re already missing them!

In this blog post, we are summing up the eventful week with summary from each day of the programme. After that we’ll reflect how well we tackled some of ...  (continue reading)

15 years ago…

We are living in the world which is changing so fast, so dramatic and in so many ways that a decade and a half seems like a whole eternity. I was a participant in FCP almost 15 years ago and it was a time of optimism, economic growth, political stability and prosperity in general.

EU doesn’t have any problems with understanding its fundamental values, roots and civilization acquisitions like ...  (continue reading)

Reminders

As I set out to write this piece – just a few hours before deadline – as any respectable and most likely overworked journalist does, I stop to read a piece in The Guardian, on how Finland had managed to reduce homelessness, by making housing unconditional, as a necessary condition to start fixing all the other broken things in your life. Since the launch of the Housing First programme, in 2008, ...  (continue reading)

Post from the last millenium

It was long long time ago, almost a century, or a millenium, now that we are in 2019…

At that time, there was no wifi, no Brexit, no war in Ukraine, telephones had no cameras, and Nokia was still big.
My name is Pierre-Olivier François. I am a French German documentary filmmaker and journalist. French-german meaning: I was born some 48 years ago in Nancy, France, moved as a child to Göttingen, ...  (continue reading)

It was not that long ago. But it sure feels like it

The year was 2013.

It was not that long ago. The word millennial was already a thing and we spent a lot of our time in Finland checking for the wi-fi password to post something on Facebook.

It was not that long ago. Someone in our group had a Furla bag and we shopped at H&M on Aleksanterinkatu.

It was not that long ago. We talked about startups, we went to Flow Festival and brought home ...  (continue reading)

There’s one thing which didn’t change – and I wonder why

When I participated in the FCP 2015, I basically knew nothing about Finland, the history, the culture and the Finnish way of life. When I left three weeks later, I have not only gained knowledge in all of this areas which led to coverage on social media and articles but also made life-long friends – in Finland and the whole world.

Back then, we discussed current ...  (continue reading)

Seagulls, taste of Salmiakki and memories…

Helsinki port. Seagulls are cawing around flower stalls giving residents an early morning wake-up. The sea smell is spreading in the air. Back at the corner, a building block made of red bricks is warming in the summer sunshine.

Once it served as a warehouse for salt but nowadays it is the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. A classic design interior ...  (continue reading)