Opening up to the world

Why do I participate in thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme? Can anything surprise me in Finland as I live just two hours from its border, in Pietari (= St. Petersburg)?

I’ve interviewed the previous President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen and visited Slush...  (continue reading)

Finland, surprise me!

I am about to tell you why I am eager to take off to Finland. But first, let me start with a little story of the most pessimistic country in the world – France. I promise there will be a connection in the end.

You may have heard that if you come to France, you might get stuck in public transportation because of a strike. Or you will probably meet a nasty taxi driver who will take the wrong ...  (continue reading)