You probably know Johan Runeberg, but what do you know about Fredrika Runeberg? As the wife of Finland’s national poet, Fredrika Runeberg has sometimes been overshadowed. Here are five fantastic facts to get to know her life and contributions to Finnish culture a little bit better.
The work of Helsinki-based illustrator and photographer Vesa Lehtimäki brings the world of Star Wars to life right here in Helsinki.
Blade Runner 2049 notably showcased a bit of Finnish. Learn how Finnish - and Finland - have been referenced in American cinema/television. Suomi mainittu!
Today British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to set out an upbeat vision for Britain’s future relationship with the EU in a speech at the Santa Maria Novella church in the heart of Florence, Italy. Sadly, the internet wasn't quite as enthusiastic as she'd hoped about her new "have your cake and eat it" proposals.
Let's take a stroll through 19th century Helsinki with these amazing photographs from the late 1800s.
No one knows sauna like the Finns -- after all, they invented it. Sauna has been a big part of Finnish life and culture for centuries, and although Finns no longer give birth in it or bathe in it regularly, it's just as important today as it was then: in a country of about 5 million people, there are 3 million saunas! Naturally, sauna has found its way into language as well. Finnish has tons of proverbs and sayings that show just how important sauna is.
The New York Times wrote that Britain was ”still reeling” after London’s terror attack on Saturday. Britain disagrees.
Finnish summers are short and sweet, but they sure can be spectacular! It's important to enjoy every single second of them before the long dark winter comes once again. In Finland, summer appreciation has been turned into an art form -- nobody soaks up the sun like the Finns do. Need some proof? Just take a look at these historical photos of Finns loving the Helsinki summer. Take notes, because you just might learn a thing or two.
In 1928, Otto Frederick Rohwedder gave the world the invention that all future inventions would be cheekily compared to: sliced bread. His revolutionary bread-slicing machine made such an impact that it inspired the popular idiom “the best thing since sliced bread”. Despite the idiom, we aren't quite as impressed these days by sliced bread -- yet many 1920s inventions really did change the world forever.