Photograph showing treelines in sunset. By Vesa Linja-aho.

Episode 8: Driving for 14 hours and only seeing forest

Photograph showing treelines in sunset. By Vesa Linja-aho.

Are electric vehicles taking off in Finland? Joel Willans, author of the best-selling book 101 Very Finnish Problems, is joined by Antti Korpelainen of Virta, a car charging services company. Topics include battery technology, long drives to Lapland and more. Co-host Thomas Nybergh is annoyed by misguided bio fuel subsidies and wants the current Finnish government to shove it.

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Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media

 

 

 
Shownotes:

Thomas’ article on Finnish electric car adoption, anti-electric lobbyists and harmful subsidies.

How Norway’s government made electric gars irresistible

Electric cars in China

Developments in battery technology and cost

Electric car crash safety

Antti Korpelainen

 

 

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What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.

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Title photo by Vesa Linja-aho

The 5 most fascinating facts from Crowst’s Finnish sausage survey

What is it with Finns, grilled sausages and summer? Every Friday night you’ll find hordes of people queuing up at the grilli for a taster. You’ll find sausages at hockey matches, being sizzled at the summer cottage, feasted on at picnics and parties. Amazingly, every Finnish banger is based upon the very first commercial sausage, HK Sininen, launched in 1963. Despite this, Suomi sausages are still a much-loved part of Finnish culture.
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From Lahti to Lebanon: My journey to a Syrian refugee camp

 

While the Syrian war crisis is hardly fresh frontpage news, it continues to rage and gather more casualties with no real end in sight. This war has created a global humanitarian crisis, while refugees flee their homeland after being uprooted by selfish political desires and guerrilla fighting forces.

Wherever you live you most likely have seen this crisis manifest in extreme human persecution, death and desperation, and many people outside Syria feel powerless to help.

I currently reside in Lahti, Finland and this is where my story begins. Finland is a place like no other and the city of Lahti, even more so.

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Finnish made famous: magnificent mentions of Finland throughout Tinseltown

Promo pic for Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 just premiered in movie theaters across the globe and caused quite a stir. Not only are longtime fans of the original Blade Runner saying it’s a remarkable rendition of an untouchable classic, but there’s also Finnish spoken in the movie! Alongside Finnish actress Krista Kosonen, 2 other actresses have claimed their moment of Finnish fame while discussing who Blade Runner is onscreen.

 

Consequently, this Blade Runner rouse has sparked my pre-existing interest in the many other times I’ve heard Finnish (and Finland) referenced in movies and TV shows. So here’s a collection of the coolest…

 

 

1. What your favorite TV characters think about Finland

 

Fargo

“Buddy of mine says they swear by this stuff in Finland.”

“Well, they’re a bunch of sex-crazed alcoholics, so they should know, right?”

 

 

 

Gilmore Girls

Rory: “Grandma. We were just talking about you. How are you? How’s Helsinki?”
 
Emily: “Cold. Unaccommodating. A population of walking dead.”

 

Veep

Dan (on Helsinki): “I’m sorry that I ever set foot in that fucking fish-eating, indie-film fucking hellhole.”

 

Fringe

Walter: “As they say in Finland, there’s more than one way to roast a reindeer.”

 

How I Met Your Mother

Ted (on his best man speech): “So now I seem like a total train wreck to all my old high school friends. And a bunch of people in Finland. The auto-tune thing got kind of big over there.”
Ted’s speech that became famous: 

 

2. Five times Hollywood hacked the Finnish language

 

Charlie’s Angels

 


 
 

 

 

The Big Bang Theory


 

The Hudsucker Proxy


 

Swordfish


 

Archer


 
 

3. Other magnificent mentions of Finland

 

Community


 

Conan – hates my homeland


 

Conan – drinks Lapin Kulta


 

 

 
 

Confessions of a Shopaholic


 

Seinfeld


 

Simpsons


 

Spongebob Squarepants


 

SNL – Finnish talk show Kalle

 

 

 

Veep

 

 

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Edited by Michele Lawrence.

12 fantastic facts why Fun Bowling and Bar in Helsinki doesn’t suck

Bowling Balls. Photo by Joonas Tikkanen.

We all cling desperately to warmer weather and scattered sunshine, but once those notions are gone for good with the encroaching winter months, it’s beneficial to have sanctuary spots in Helsinki where you can grasp onto your remaining sanity.

Fun Bowling and Bar is one of those spots, and here’s why…
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Caricature of Nigel Farage

Seven Signs of the Times: Nigel Farage mocked after irresistible Photoshop bait

Caricature of Nigel Farage

British mainstream media like the BBC have given more than a fair share of visibility to characters like former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Far-right populists, despite being given loads of screen time, must yammer to their base with tired old clishés about “Lugenpresse”, the “lying press”.

Mr. Farage is of course no exception, and yet again he so enthusiastically wanted to wage his war on the BBC, that he did that Internet-age equivalence of a public fart: holding up an easily photoshoppable sign. Like farting, an exploitable photo happens to all of us every now an then. But how bad it is, to quote George Carlin, depends “on who’s cooking”.


But just check this big and beautiful thing. As far as held-up signs go, this is top shelf material. It couldn’t be much wider if Mr. Farage wanted conveniently the hold it up by himself and fit it into a conventional photo.

 

 

Just compare it to the Dunkirk movie poster thing Farage did last summer. It may be a big sign, but it’s way less personal and enthusiastic.

So let’s investigate what the internet came up with this time. In case you want to get in on the fun, find below a clean slate.

1. Bonus points for self deprecation here

2. Pointing out the obvious again, but someone has to make those first awkward dance moves

 

 

3. Here’s a little something to make Farage less vile

4. Have to admit, I find Morrisey annoying, although I like his take on the meat industry

P.S. Fellow non-fans of Morrisey might still enjoy Speedway, a song Spotify recommended to me. I find the drums super catchy.

 

 

5. Let’s not impose good sense on a man who has none

6. This one’s very unlikely unless Nigel ran into some “Malkovich Malkovich” kind of bad trip

7. This one suits any guy with a shit-eating grin

To explore Mr. Farage’s history of bad judgement with signs, look no further than our previous post on the subject.

Title photo by Donkeyhotey

8 surefire ways to spot a Finn abroad

Ice swimmer looking happy

Every nationality has their own identifiable characteristics no matter how stereotypical they may sound. As a Finn I hardly recognize these behavioral traits in myself until I’m outside my home country, Finland. With this list you’re sure to never mistake a Finn for anyone else again, especially while traveling or residing abroad…

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FEBRUARY 29, 2009 - Ski Jumping : Price ski competision at Okurayama Jump Stadium on February 29, 2009 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo by Tsutomu Takasu)

Episode 7: When the whole country is on ski break and you can’t ski

FEBRUARY 29, 2009 - Ski Jumping : Price ski competision at Okurayama Jump Stadium on February 29, 2009 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo by Tsutomu Takasu)

Let’s talk ski jumping toddlers. Joel Willans, author of the best-selling book 101 Very Finnish Problems, discusses winter sports and other outdoorsy stuff with former semi-professional ski jumper Jussa Lauhamaa. Co-host Thomas Nybergh is curious about Jussa’s job involving the Sports Tracker app and wearable tech for active lifestyles.

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Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media

 

 

 

Shownotes:

Jussa being sporty on Sports Tracker

Jussa on Instagram

Jussa’s hometown of Rovaniemi

Ski jumps as part of the Lahti cityscape

Ski jumping

Finnish sporting goods conglomerate Amer Sports

“Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.”

Why Thomas prefers iPhones despite them being crap in the cold

Thomas’ recommendation: “Homecoming”, a stellar dystopian sci-fi drama in podcast form

“Homecoming” reviewed by The Guardian

Jussa Lauhamaa

 

 

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About the show

What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.

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Title photo by Tsutomu takasu

JK Rowling destroys Brexit cheerleader’s breathtakingly bad Brexit analogy

There are countless reasons to love JK Rowling. One is her peerless ability to destroy the increasingly fantastical Brexit fantasies peddled on Twitter.

Previously she stepped into the debate to shut down a Brexiteer who blamed Remainers for the failing EU negotiations. Now, she’s displayed that skill in fine style against Leaver luvvie and Conservative MEP, Daniel Hannan, by showcasing the glaring flaw in his shockingly bad and utterly unverifiable Brexit analogy.

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