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)

Why Finland? Because I still can.

Marhaba! Which means Hello, in Arabic and specifically Lebanese Arabic. I’m from Lebanon, I’m 27 years old, and the most common questions and comment I get when traveling abroad is: You seem happy, you’re not what we expected, don’t you have war going on over there? Phrases that made me realize that I have chosen the right career and path.

I’d like to think that I did not choose Finland, ...  (continue reading)

A Tale of Three Countries

My name is Siyu Lei. When I was asked to introduce myself, I thought about the three countries where I was fortunate to spend the past six years, and how three of them together helped define who I am today. Here goes.

In 2012, I left my hometown Zhengzhou, China for my first trans-Pacific flight. After some thirty hours of flying, and within minutes of arriving at the unfamiliar university campus, ...  (continue reading)

Daly Takes Finland

That’s me in the photo, sneaking an hour at work to write up this blog post. It’s been a little over two months since I received the call from the Finnish Embassy congratulating me for having been chosen for the programme, and ever since, googling everything about Finland has become my new pastime. As someone who holds views on society and religion that sit at odds with the majority’s ...  (continue reading)

From Finland… I just hope to be amazed!

It’s been a little bit more than two months since I was informed that I’ve been selected to participate in this year’s Foreign Correspondents’ Programme. It seems like a long time ago but I still can’t completely believe this is happening and that in less than a month I will be traveling to an amazing country I’ve never been before.

I’m really excited ...  (continue reading)

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)

Re-discovering Finland: Traditions as a key

I visited Finland for the first time twenty years ago as a young journalist. It was a long time ago and since then I had no occasion to come back to this contry, wich I consider extremely interesting and in a certain sense ‘new’ for Italian people because of its way of living and its traditions.

This is why I am really happy to come back to Finland thanks to the Foreign Correspondants ...  (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)