Entries by Joel Willans

14 English-language Finnish blogs every Finland-lover should follow

Image: Timo Newton-Syms Finland can sometimes be a difficult place to get to grips with, especially if you don’t speak or read either of the official languages, Finnish and Swedish. So, to help Finns, immigrants and foreign Finophiles alike get a new perspective on this Nordic wonderland, we’ve gathered a list of blogs written in eloquent […]

Hilarious! See what happens when the vigilantes Soldiers of Odin are joined by another bunch of clowns

Mark Twain once famously said, “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” The power of this weapon was beautifully demonstrated when the Soldiers of Odin (someone should tell them Odin was the foreign god of their colonial overlords) decided to skulk around the streets of Tampere. This group, which […]

These magical photos show what it’s like to be at sea at minus 28 degrees

In the last few months, the consequences of climate change have hit different parts of the world with a mad vengeance. Here in Finland, that took the form of the warmest December on record leading many people to bemoan the lack of snow. As an Englishman who’s experienced many a Finnish winter, I instead wallowed […]

Discover how one Finnish photographer makes the everyday look out of this world

  Miemo Penttinen is a man of many talents. As a freelance designer and startup entrepreneur, he has plenty of experience in bringing his creative ideas to life. But it’s his photography that initially caught our eye: sharp, symmetrical shots of architecture with clean, modern colors. Penttinen’s latest series Tau Zero [ Supersymmetry ] is sure to […]

A world-first interview with the creator of Finnish Nightmares, Finland’s funniest new cartoon series

Every country has its national stereotypes. Brits are overly polite and adore tea. Americans love burgers and guns. The Finns are no different. They have certain characteristics, which set them apart from other people. This, of course, means they also have certain dreams and certain nightmares. To showcase the later, one talented digital media pro […]