Episode 18: when it’s December 24th and it still hasn’t snowed

Aurinkolahti, in the Helsinki suburb Vuosaari photographed from Uutela, spring 2019

In this episode, Joel Willans, author of the Very Finnish Problems books, discusses journalist Erika Benke’s amazing journey from communist Hungary to the BBC World Service and her recent stories on Finland. Topics include stories on how the climate crisis is tackled northern Finland, and the country’s recent limited trials of Universal Basic Income. Co-host Joe Konderla and Erika present their recent experiences of how London has been utterly ruined by overcrowding.


Contact: veryfinnishproblems@inktank.fi

Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media



Episode 12 of our show features in-depth discussion with a Finnish wilderness explorer

Erika’s summary of the Finnish Universal Basic Income trials

The town of Ii

Joel’s recommendation: Very Brexit Problems merchandise

Erika’s recommendation: Death in Ice Valley, the BBC’s and NRK’s true crime podcast on a mysterious, potentially espionage related death in Bergen, Norway.

Joe’s recommendation: his own blog on life in Finland


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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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