Being a journalist in Finland, the land that is known worldwide for its press freedom

After lectures and learning about Finland for two weeks, the days that everybody had been waiting for were finally here: ‘Finnish Media Working Day’.  Being a journalist in the one and only financial newspaper (Dünya) in Turkey, it was no surprise for me that my working day was at Kauppalehti, which is the leading financial newspaper in Finland.

Kauppalehti, established in 1898, is the biggest ...  (continue reading)

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)

Bring your questions – I’ll bring mine!

“What do you know about Finland?” a friend asked me recently. I had just told him I was lucky enough to go there for three weeks this summer.

“Quite a bit,” I replied confidently.

I listed the staggering statistics: world-leading in press freedom, gender equality and transparency. Not doing too badly in education either.

My friend seemed impressed.

“The landscape is jaw-dropping, the standard ...  (continue reading)

Why do the Finns love Los Serrano – and other important questions to ask in Finland

Participating in thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme this summer is a once in a lifetime opportunity that comes at the best time for me.

Freshly graduated from university, I’m now a journalist, based in Barcelona, aiming to build an international career in the field of communication.

This programme is not just another experience abroad, but a great chance to learn from Finland through ...  (continue reading)