To be happy as a Finn: Key takeaways from the 2022 Finland Correspondents Programme 

By Krixia Subingsubing

My idea of Finland has always been that of happiness. And quite literally, too—every year, the Nordic country tops just about every imaginable list that quantifies happiness. Understandably, for a young journalist from the Global South, it’s made Finland into this unbelievable, near-mythical nation, resilient to suffering and impervious to conflict.

But when ...  (continue reading)

From willingness to learn, to breaking stereotypes

By: Israel Campos

Most of my colleagues (and friends to be) who came before me (and whom I am so looking forward to meeting in person in a few days) started their articles by saying who they are. As a natural rule-breaker, I thought I would do things slightly differently starting my article by saying who I am not. So here it goes: I am not another black young ...  (continue reading)

Finland: For the Idealist in You

Last year, through my summer internship, I had the opportunity to visit the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC. I was attending a press event about the 2021 Helsinki Biennial, a recurring art installation located on an island near Finland’s capital city. The embassy would be my first site visit of the summer. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by a modern gray building ...  (continue reading)

Big moment for Australia and Finland

By Finn McHugh

My name is Finn McHugh, I’m a federal political reporter for The Canberra Times and Australian Community Media in Canberra, Australia.

My focus is on federal politics and foreign affairs, but I have a broad remit to cover issues directly relevant to the trip to Finland – climate change, and early education being two stand out topics.

On Saturday ...  (continue reading)

Thoughts from UK

Hi! I’m Zahra.  I’m 28 years old and from Birmingham, England. Currently, I work as a journalist for one of the UK’s top flagship TV news stations – after having completed my master’s in Broadcast Journalist last year.

To offer a little background about myself – My dream is to work as a foreign affairs correspondent. This has been in part shaped by my travels as a teenager to unconventional ...  (continue reading)

A Safe and Sustainable Space for Youth in Circularity!

By Careen Joel

My name is Careen Joel Mwakitalu, FCP 2022 representative from Tanzania. First things first, I have been drowning with excitement recently because of the coming FCP programme in Helsinki. I feel like it is a timely opportunity for me as I look to scale up my career through learning and exchange opportunities.

Tanzania is a country bearing many opportunities when it comes to issues around ...  (continue reading)

Here they are: FCP 2022 Participants!

The start of thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2022 is less than a month away and it is approaching FAST! Therefore now is the perfect  time to introduce our brilliant participants who come from 13 different countries all over the world. They are all super excited and can’t wait to start their journey in the FCP!

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who applied to this ...  (continue reading)

FCP 2022 participants have been selected!

The event we have all been waiting for is getting closer: thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme is finally happening after two long years!

In the coming summer 2022 these carefully selected participants will start their one-week journey in Finland, in the country that has been named the Happiest Country in the World in the World Happiness Report...  (continue reading)

Are Finns happy?

Helsinki, Monday 8 am …The Finnish capital seems strangely calm during rush hours. Trams and cars intersect, but very little traffic. The city of 650,000 inhabitants doesn’t know the traffic congestion. On the radio, not really traffic information, it is necessary only in case of snowstorm. In the city in June, many bikes. Passersby and cyclists even take the time to stop to answer questions. ...  (continue reading)