Entries by Thomas Nybergh

Kippis! The strange history of Finland’s love affair with alcohol

  Finns have always had an unusual relationship with alcohol. As far back as the 18th century, the French enlightenment philosopher Montesquieu referred to Finns as heavy drinkers. Doubtlessly, this contributed to prohibition introduced by Sweden in 1756. Prohibition ended under Russian Imperial rule, but it was still against the law to make moonshine at […]

13 reasons why the Daily Mail is the world’s worst “newspaper”

To get a grasp of the UK’s garbage media landscape, an outsider need look no further than The Daily Mail. Founded in 1886, to quote was Britain’s first daily newspaper “aimed at the newly literate lower-middle class market resulting from mass education, combining a low retail price with plenty of competitions, prizes and promotional gimmicks”. […]

Crazy winter pastime: CNN reporter tries Finnish-style ice dipping, a super shortcut to a “runner’s high”

If you’re in some weird country with weird traditions, why not try them out? That must have been the idea of a CNN Sports anchor Christina Macfarlane…. or her producers. Macfarlene was shooting a couple of episodes of the popular show Alpine Edge at World Cup Levi last week, far north at a ski resort […]

Nordic exotica: 7 great books about Finland written by foreigners

Finland’s long been something of an exotic destination for adventurers, both those who arrive in person and those who voyage here via their imaginations. Focusing on the latter category, we’ve collected a shortlist of some the finest books you can read about Finland written from a non-Finnish perspective. This shortlist contains everything from Cold War […]

Finnish Power Metal band recreates Bomfunk MC’s Freestyler music video, including remote control shenanigans

  Here it is: Finland lacks an internationally known music scene compared to, say, Sweden which has produced hit phenomena ever since the days of ABBA. A specific genre is something of an exception: Finland is estimated to have more metal bands per capita than any other country. Some of these bands are wildly successful […]

The most burning social media reactions to the Trump election victory are savage

  Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States of America. During his entire campaign this election season, Mr Trump unraveled and gave voters plenty of advance notice of the inner landscape of his grotesque orange appearance serial rapist manchild. Trump broadcasts the hallmarks of deep insecurities and psychiatric pathologies, which would […]

Darude on a plane and beyond: The silly art of Finnish Windows95man DJ Teemu Keisteri

  Considered by some as an alternate Finnish national anthem of sorts, producer Darude’s international smash hit Sandstorm has a special place in the Finnish millennial psyche. The song, released back in 2000, connects us back to a time when it could heard as old-school ringtones on Nokia phones or admired as a music video […]

Twitter fends off The Daily Mail’s “Enemies of the People” front page in fine style

  This week saw an extraordinary attack on the British judiciary. A day after three British High Court judges ruled that a parliamentary vote was required to begin the process of Britain leaving the European Union, they were labelled “enemies of the people” by The Daily Mail. This once pro-Hitler rag has a long tradition of anti-EU, anti-immigration scare mongering neo-nationalism. […]

These marvellous movies posters show why adding ‘ing’ to movie titles is surprisingly funny

Recently, the absurd hive mind that is the internet inspired another fun meme related to pop culture: Just adding the ‘ing’ suffix to movie posters. From Crichton theme parks gone wrong to horror classics, we think this meme will lighten up your week a bit… at least if you’re into dark humor. To keep it […]